Rabies Information

Rabies Requirements

By ordinance, Iredell County requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over 3 months of age to have a current rabies vaccination.

Obtaining a Vaccination

Rabies vaccinations are available during normal Animal Shelter hours for $10 each. No appointment is necessary. Only 1-year vaccinations are administered.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Iredell County Animal Services provides a rabies vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Animal Shelter. Rabies vaccinations are available for $6. Your pet can receive a 3-year booster rabies vaccination at this clinic if you bring written proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccination.

Vaccination Reminders

Remember it takes 28 days from your pet’s first rabies vaccination for your pet to build antibodies to the rabies virus. If your pet is exposed to a rabid animal during the first 28 days after the first rabies vaccination, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.

Rabies Exposures

The following circumstances are possible rabies exposures:
  • Fights with a wild animal (raccoon, skunk, fox, opossum, etc.)
  • Fights with a stray animal (dog or cat)
  • Fights with an animal that may not be fully vaccinated against rabies
  • Plays with or is in contact with a bat or a dead wild animal
Boost After Bite
In these cases, your pet must be examined immediately by your veterinarian, receive veterinary wound care, and you must booster your pet’s current rabies vaccination within 96 hours. If your pet is bitten by a suspected rabid animal, and does not receive a rabies booster vaccination within 96 hours, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.

Unvaccinated Pets

If the wild or stray animal that bit your pet is confirmed to be rabid or is not available for testing, an unvaccinated pet must be confined for 4-6 months, to be determined by the local Health Director, at a veterinarian’s office or face euthanasia.