Exciting news! Our low-cost clinics now offer expanded services:
Rabies vaccination: $20
Distemper vaccination: $15
The December clinic registration will open at noon on Friday November 4.
- Pre-registration is required, and the registration opens one month in advance. The October clinic is now open. Registration will be open until one week prior to the clinic, or until all appointment slots are filled, whichever comes first.
- When you select the link you will be brought to a "Low Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinic Registration and Release" form.
- There is space for up to three pets on the form. If you do not have a second or third pet, please select 'next' on the bottom of the page.
- You will read and sign the waiver, using the electronic signature box.
- After completing the waiver, you will be able to select an appointment time. If an appointment time is in grey, it has already been taken.
- A shelter staff member will review your submission within seven (7) business days and confirm or deny your appointment.
- If your pet has a previous rabies or distemper vaccination, you must upload a photo or scanned copy of your pet’s previous vaccination certificate(s) while completing your registration form in order to receive a 3-year rabies vaccination or 1- or 3-year distemper vaccination. If you do not send this in advance, your pet will receive a 1-year rabies vaccination and/or initial 28-day distemper vaccination. We cannot make changes to this the day of the clinic.
- All registration forms submitted are final; forms cannot be edited or changed once submitted.
- NEW: If you are no longer able to attend your appointment, you must cancel your appointment ASAP so it can potentially be filled by another client. All cancellations must be made no less than one week prior to the clinic. If you do not cancel and are a no-show to the clinic, you will be ineligible for future appointments at our Low Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics.
- Link to register: will be posted on Nov 4.
Please note these clinic reminders:
- We can only accept cash or check.
- Dogs and cats may be vaccinated at the clinics.
- Dogs must be on fixed (not flexi/extendable) leashes; cats must be in carriers.
- You must register for this clinic online. After we have received your registration form you will get a confirmation email, we will process it within 3 business days and you will get a confirmation email.
- All pets will receive a 1-year rabies vaccination and an initial 28-day distemper vaccine, unless you provide proof of prior vaccination. To obtain a longer duration vaccine, you must provide your pet's rabies certificate and/or vaccine records showing the current vaccination expiration dates while completing your registration form. We are unable to make day-of changes for this.
- If dog owners wish to purchase a dog license day-of, they may enter the Animal Shelter and speak with a staff member after receiving the rabies certificate for their dog(s) at the low-cost clinic.
More info about -- RABIES VACCINE:
- Every owned dog, cat, and ferret is required by law to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.
- The rabies vaccine must be given annually (or every three years if your pet receives a three-year vaccine) for the duration of your pet’s life.
- To receive a three-year vaccine, a pet must have previously been vaccinated against rabies and their most recent vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year rabies vaccine, make sure to send us your most recent rabies vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
- We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current rabies vaccination expires.
- Reduce your risk of exposure to the rabies virus:
- Get your pets vaccinated against rabies, and keep current on their revaccinations.
- Stay away from wildlife, and keep children and pets away from wildlife.
- Always walk your dogs on a leash to keep them from running after wildlife.
- Deter wildlife from coming into your yard by eliminating possible food sources and keeping trash can lids tightly closed.
- Do not keep wild animals as pets!
- Report any strange behavior by wildlife or any bites by wildlife to the Animal Protection Police by calling 703-691-2131.
- If you are bitten by a wild animal or stray dog or cat, wash the wound immediately, seek medical attention, and report the incident to Animal Protection Police by calling 703-691-2131.
- Rabies is a deadly virus spread through saliva, and most often transmitted through bites by an infected animal. There is no cure for rabies. You can protect your pet against this virus by having them vaccinated against rabies, and Virginia state law and Fairfax County ordinances requires that dogs and cats four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies.
More info about -- MICROCHIP:
- A microchip is a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, with a unique ID number. The microchip can be scanned to get the ID number which is associated with you, the owner, and can be used to look up your name, phone number, and email.
- A microchip protects your pet if they’re ever lost or stolen. A microchip is registered to your name, which identifies you as the owner.
- When you receive a microchip at one of our low cost clinics, we will register the microchip to your name, phone number, and email address for you.
- Once we’ve registered the chip to you (within five business days), you will receive an email so that you can create an online account with 24PetWatch.
- Your job is to make sure that you update the microchip information using your online account if you ever move or change your phone number or email!
- If you ever rehome your pet to another person, you will need to transfer the microchip to the new person using your account.
- A pet only needs one microchip, so it’s a one-time procedure and cost. It’s inserted using a small needle, and most pets feel little to no pain when receiving a microchip (it’s about the same as when you get your flu shot!)
- Microchips are not GPS trackers (it would be pretty cool if they were though!) However, a microchip is still important because a collar or tag can fall off an animal, but a microchip will always be there if your pet gets lost!
More info about -- DA2PP (DOG Distemper) VACCINE:
- DA2PP is an annual vaccine that protects dogs from distemper virus, canine adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus.
- A dog’s initial DA2PP vaccine series requires at least two shots given three to four weeks apart. A dog is not fully protected until they receive both shots!
- If your dog receives their first DA2PP vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second DA2PP vaccine.
- If a dog is under 16 weeks old, they will require more than two shots to be fully protected – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information!
- To receive a one-year DA2PP vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year DA2PP vaccine or 2) one DA2PP vaccine administered three-four weeks before the date of the low cost vaccination clinic date.
- If this is your dog’s initial DA2PP vaccine, your vaccination will be good for 28 days at which point your dog will need to visit a vet clinic to receive the second shot in the series (which will then be good for one year)
- To receive a three-year DA2PP vaccine, a dog must have a previous one year DA2PP vaccine and their most recent DA2PP vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year DA2PP vaccine, make sure to send us your most recent one-year vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
- We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current DA2PP vaccination expires.
- The feline equivalent of this vaccine is FVRCP.
More info about -- FVRCP (CAT Distemper) VACCINE:
- FVRCP is an annual vaccine that protects cats from feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia.
- A cat’s initial FVRCP vaccine series requires at least two shots given three to four weeks apart. A cat is not fully protected until they receive both shots!
- If your cat receives an initial FVRCP vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second FVRCP vaccine in the series
- If a cat is under 16 weeks old, they require more than two shots to be fully protected – email us at email@example.com if you need more information!
- To receive a one-year FVRCP vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year FVRCP vaccine or 2) one FVRCP vaccine administered three-four weeks before the low cost vaccination clinic date
- If this is an initial FVRCP vaccine for your cat, your vaccination will be good for 28 days at which point your cat will need to visit a vet clinic to receive the second shot in the series (which will then be good for one year)
- To receive a three-year FVRCP vaccine, a cat must have a previous one-year FVRCP vaccine, and their most recent vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year FVRCP vaccine, make sure to send us your most recent one-year vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
- We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current FVRCP vaccination expires.
- The canine equivalent of this vaccine is DA2PP.