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.
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.
2018 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic Schedule
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter holds many low-cost rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year at various locations around Fairfax County. The 2018 lost-cost rabies clinic schedule is below:
Sunday March 18, 12-2pm
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003
Sunday April 29, 12-2pm
Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria VA 22306
Sunday June 10, 12-2pm
Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax VA 22030
Sunday September 9, 12-2pm
Lake Fairfax Park, Main Office
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston VA 20190
Sunday October 21, 11am-1pm
Sully District Governmental Center
4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly VA 20151
Sunday December 9, 12-2pm
West Springfield Governmental Center
6140 Rolling Road, Springfield VA 22152
Please note these clinic reminders:
- Cost is $15 per pet, cash and check only.
- Dogs, cats, and ferrets may be vaccinated at the clinic.
- Dogs must be on leashes; cats and ferrets must be in carriers.
- All pets will receive a 1-year rabies vaccination. To obtain a 3-year vaccine, please bring your pet's rabies certificate (not tag) showing the current rabies vaccination expiration date.
- Only rabies certificates will be issued at the clinic, no tags.
- 2018 county dog licenses will be sold for an additional $10 per license.