In advance of the Sept. 28 World Rabies Day, which raises awareness of and promotes rabies prevention worldwide, the Seattle Animal Shelter is encouraging pet owners to do their part by vaccinating their pets. If your pet is not up to date on its rabies vaccination, make plans to come by the Seattle Animal Shelter’s “Protect Your Pet” license, rabies and microchip event, from 3-6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. The next clinic is Friday, Sept. 25.
Bring your cat or dog to the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, and receive a free rabies vaccination with the purchase or renewal of the pet’s license during this event. These monthly events are held in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccinations in its mobile unit.
“Up-to-date pet licenses, vaccinations and microchips are essential, easy ways to protect our pets,” notes Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director. “Pet licenses often work hand in hand with microchips to help us get lost pets home safely, and license fees support the lifesaving work of our shelter. Vaccinations save lives by preventing the spread of disease. Our goal is to save lives, and these are ways that pet owners can help.”
Rabies is a deadly virus that can affect both people and animals, but is preventable. Owners can prevent the spread of rabies by vaccinating pets and keeping them away from infected wildlife. According to the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Washington state. Just two summers ago, a rabid bat was found in Madison Park in Seattle. Though rabies cases are rare, it is important to vaccinate pets to prevent them from contracting and spreading the disease if they come into contact with infected wildlife.
Cats and dogs are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies under Seattle Municipal Code 9.25.050 and Washington Administrative Code 246-100-197. One- to two-year pet license fees range from $20 to $37 for spayed and neutered pets and $30 to $69 for unaltered pets.
The Protect Your Pet events offer services on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs must be leashed, and all cats must be in carriers. Previous vaccination records are not required, but you are encouraged to bring them, if available. Additional vaccinations and microchips will be available for an added fee.