Low Cost Rabies Clinics Scheduled Around Garrett County

The Garrett County Health Department announces the first series of low-cost rabies clinics for 2023. The vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets will begin Monday, May 22, 2023, and conclude Saturday, May 27, 2023.

The County experienced two cases of rabies in 2022, and one case in 2021.  Protect your pets and your family from the threat of this disease by bringing your dogs, cats, and ferrets to the $5.00 per animal clinic in your area.

  • Friendsville Elementary School, Mon., May 22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Gorman Ryan’s Glade Community Building, Tues., May 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Grantsville Elementary School, Wed., May 24, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Accident Elementary School, Thurs., May 25, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Swanton Community Building, Fri., May 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Garrett County Health Department, Oakland, Sat., May 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of a responsible individual. Cats and ferrets must be brought to the clinic in a cage or a tightly secured box with air holes. If a cage or carrier is not available, the cat must be carried in a pillowcase or a suitable cloth sack. Close contact with animals at the clinics increases the risk of bites or scratches. Please be prepared to restrain and control your animals to avoid a potential incident.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and leading to death. Rabies in both humans and pets is preventable by following proper procedures and guidelines.

Wounds from animal bites require careful attention. If you are bitten by a suspicious animal, wild or tame, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and get medical attention immediately. If possible, capture the animal so it can be observed or sent to a laboratory for rabies testing. Then contact your doctor and county health department right away.

If your pet has been in a fight with a wild animal, special precautions are necessary. Wear gloves to handle your pet and isolate it from other animals and people. Contact the Garrett County Health Department for more information on what to do. If the incident occurs outside of work hours, please contact 301-334-1930. You may be instructed to bring your pet to your local veterinarian for a rabies booster shot if it is currently vaccinated.

Unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to rabid animals face the possibility of being euthanized to protect their owners and the general public. The grief that can come from losing a family pet can be avoided by keeping vaccinations current.

To protect your pets and family, keep pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date. Although Maryland law requires dogs, cats, and ferrets over four months of age to be vaccinated against rabies; they may be adequately vaccinated at three months of age. Dogs and cats need to be revaccinated every three years. Puppies and kittens, vaccinated between the ages of three and twelve months, and dogs and cats receiving their first vaccination, must be revaccinated 12 months later.  Ferrets need to be revaccinated every year.

Failure to vaccinate pets against rabies in Maryland is a violation of the Annotated Code of MD Health General Article 18, Section 318 and may be punishable by a fine of up to $500 per animal.