KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs are being offered at area Knox County schools and the Knox County Health Department May 4 -11 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association are offering the rabies vaccinations clinics.
Vaccinations at the May clinics are $10 per animal. All pets must be restrained at the clinics.
Dogs should be on a leash, and cats should be in carriers or pillowcases. Health officials say a pillowcase is preferred, because the vaccine can be administered through the cloth.
Those with aggressive or uncontrollable pets are advised to leave the animal in the car and ask for assistance at registration. More information is available here.
Rabies Vaccination Clinic locations for both May 4 and 11:
Bearden Middle School
Carter High School
Gibbs High School
Farragut High School
Halls High School
Knox County Health Department
Powell High School
South-Doyle High School (Young Campus)
Tennessee, Knox County and City of Knoxville laws require all dogs and cats 3 months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies, a virus that attacks the brain and spinal column. If untreated, death can occur within days of the onset of symptoms. The best way to prevent rabies is to vaccinate pets and avoid contact with stray or wild animals. It’s also important to vaccinate indoor pets as they can accidentally encounter wild animals, such as bats or raccoons.