Spring Rabies Clinics Offer Walk-up Rabies Shots and More

Cats and Dogs. Credit: Frank and Kay Whatley, Nadia Ethier
Cats and Dogs. Credit: Frank and Kay Whatley, Nadia Ethier

By Kay Whatley, Editor

The listed rabies clinics, ordered by county, offer a low-cost, no-appointment opportunity to protect your pet from rabies. Animals that contract rabies cannot recover and must be euthanized, so getting your pet a rabies shot is imperative for their well-being and yours. It is also the law.

North Carolina law requires owned dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by the time they reach the age of four months.

Most clinics provide one-year rabies vaccinations without question. Three-year shots require proof of prior-year rabies vaccination; if you have this, take the certificate and tag with you to be eligible for a three-year shot.

Dogs must be leashed or in carriers. Cats must be in carriers. This is repeated in many of the clinic announcements listed below, but should be considered correct action even if the announcement doesn’t specifically mention it.

If you have another type of pet to be vaccinated, it is recommended that you call the clinic organizers to confirm they can treat your pet.

Some clinics are cash only. Following a vaccination, paperwork and a rabies tag should be provided to the owner for each animal. Keep this for your records, and to use to be eligible for a three-year rabies shot in the future.

Note that dates may change, or typos may happen. Links have been provided to confirm events or contact the organizers.  If an upcoming Eastern NC rabies clinic is missing, please send details to the editor.

Cumberland County NC

Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held at two locations on March 27, 2018:

  • Mazarick Park –1612 Belvedere Avenue, Fayetteville NC
  • Martin Edwards – 10335 Ramsey Street, Linden, NC

Upcoming clinics are scheduled for March 29, April 5, 12, 17, and 19, 2018, all at 4pm, at varying locations. These dates and potentially future clinics may be found on the county calendar. Rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6pm, until April 19. Sixteen clinics will be held at sites throughout the county.

The cost is $10 per animal.

Keep any dog on a leash. Keep any cat alone in a carrier or box, or leave them in your car.

Only cash will be accepted, and exact change is recommended. No rolled coins and no checks can be accepted.

For more information, call Cumberland County Animal Control at 910.321.6852 or the Environmental Health Division of the Cumberland County Public Health Department at 910.433.3600.

Franklin County NC

The Tar River Veterinary Hospital is holding clinics at multiple locations. These are walk-up clinics, with no appointment needed.

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 8-9am — At the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg NC.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 10:30-11:30am — At Bunn Fire Department’s Station 1, 505 S Main Street, Bunn NC.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 1-2pm — At Tar River Veterinary Hospital, 101 E Green Street, Franklinton NC.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9-11am — Location is 1329 Tant Road (Foy Mart parking lot), Spring Hope NC.

At these clinics, rabies vaccinations are $5 each for one-year rabies shots. Three-year rabies vaccine will be available to owners with a current certificate of previous rabies vaccination. Vaccinations for other cat and dog diseases will be available for $15 per vaccine.

With any questions, call 919.494.5500.

Nash County NC

A Nash County Rabies Clinic, organized by Nash County Animal Friends of NC, will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 8am-4pm. The location is the Nash County Animal Shelter, 921 First Street Extension (between Hwy 64 and Indian Trail), Nashville NC.

Fee is $5 per animal (dogs and cats) for rabies shot.

Animals must be on a lease or contained.

One-year tags will be issued. Three-year tags require proof of current vaccination.

Onslow County NC

Onslow County Animal Services rabies clinics are held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, noon-5pm, at the Onslow County Animal Services’ main shelter building located at 244 Georgetown Road, Jacksonville NC.

The clinics provide one-year rabies vaccinations for county residents at the cost of $10 each.

Note that rabies tags are required to be worn on a pet’s collar.

See www.onslowcountync.gov/202/Animal-Services. for more details or contact information.

Orange County NC

Orange county has scheduled its 2018 low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The next two are:

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 10am-noon — Piedmont Feed & Garden Center, 4805 NC Hwy 54 W, Chapel Hill NC
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 3-5pm — Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill NC

For both of these, one- and three-year vaccines will be available. For your pet to be given a three-year rabies shot, proof of previous vaccination is required.

Updates and future rabies clinics are available on the schedule at www.orangecountync.gov/departments/animalservices/rabies.php.

Pender County NC

In April, Pender County Animal Shelter will provide rabies vaccinations; they will be FREE for Pender County residents ONLY. Penter County residents may bring dogs, cats, or ferrets, older than three months.

For non-residents, animals may come in for a rabies shot at a fee of $5 per shot.

No appointment is needed. The shelter will give free rabies shots April 1-13 and 15-30, 2018: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, and Saturday/Sunday, noon-4pm. Pender County Animal Shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Road, Burgaw NC.

See their rabies clinic information via their Facebook page, and note that additional information is requested, in advance, for people with a large number of animals.

The shelter will be closed April 14.

Pitt County NC

Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11am-1pm, at the Pitt County Animal Shelter, 4550 County Home Road, Greenville NC.

Fee is $5 for each rabies vaccination. Animals must be four months of age, or older. Only one-year vaccines will be offered.

Payment may be made only by cash or check.

Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

With questions, call 252.902.1726 or email. Pitt County Animal Services is online at www.pittcountync.gov/153/Animal-Services.

Wake County NC

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9am, Wake County Animal Center is holding a Rabies and Microchip Clinic. The location is the Wake County Northern Regional Center, ​350 E Holding Avenue, Wake Forest NC.

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9am, Wake County Animal Center will hold another Rabies and Microchip Clinic at Main Street Park, ​200 S Main Street, Rolesville NC.

Clinics are also planned in several locations on Saturday, March 24, 2018. See their animal-event calendar at www.wakegov.com/pets/events.

Wayne County NC

Wayne County Animal Services will hold a rabies vaccination clinics, sponsored by the County of Wayne. The cost will be $5 per dog or cat.
Any dog and cat over four months of age may be brought by their owner to the clinic for a one-year vaccination. Three-year rabies shots can be given if proof of prior rabies vaccination is provided.

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 8-11am — Eastern Wayne High School, 1135 E New Hope Rd, Goldsboro NC
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 1-3:30pm — Old Pikeville School, Railroad Street, Pikeville NC
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8-11am — Grantham Elementary School, 174 Grantham School Road, Goldsboro NC
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1-3pm — Southern Wayne High School, 124 Walter Fulcher Rd, Dudley NC

Owners, bring your driver’s license.

See Wayne County Animal Services at www.waynegov.com/151/Animal-Services.


Areas with Tractor Supply Company locations may search their online tool to find a clinic location. Some locations hold weekly rabies clinics. See petvet.vippetcare.com/find-a-clinic.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.