The Columbus County Animal Shelter is announcing a new program that will allow Columbus County residents to have their animals vaccinated for rabies for $8.25 per animal during normal business hours beginning June 1, 2016. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 919-642-5700.
Shipman completed courses in Introduction to N.C. CRV Training Rabies Epidemiology, Prevention and Control, N.C. Rabies Control Laws as well as Policy Principles of Rabies Vaccine Administration for Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets through online training from the Wake County Community College as well as local onsite training with a local vet.
Shelter Director Joey Prince stated he was excited to offer this improvement stating
“This represents a lot of hard work on Ms. Shipman’s part and highlights her dedication to the animals of this county. It’s not often we can reduce cost and improve services for the county residents, so this is a big step for us.”
All shelter animals will now be vaccinated after their state required three day hold time has been completed, unless they are pregnant or feeding their babies, in which case a veterinarian will be consulted. Shelter Director Joey Prince also stated that this was a major step forward that the shelter had been working on for some time. The cost of vaccinations will be reduced as this can be done at the shelter from this point forward, representing cost savings for the county.
The shelter will also receive a rabies tag and a completed rabies vaccination certificate for each vaccinated animal to ensure that copies of the records are properly kept. This will assist in returning animals to their owners as animals are registered in a database of all rabies tags by the N.C. Department of Agriculture.
Rabies is 100% preventable, but if an unvaccinated animal is exposed to the disease it is almost always fatal. In humans, the disease causes about 24,000 to 60,000 deaths worldwide per year. Treatment for humans is very expensive and painful.
In North Carolina, all dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by statute to be vaccinated for rabies on an annual basis. Animals not wearing a tag identifying they have been vaccinated are subject to be impounded by animal control, including animals that never go outdoors. The legal owner is also subject to a hefty fine.