GWINNETT COUNTY ANIMAL WELFARE PROMOTES WORLD RABIES DAY, ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO GET THEIR PETS VACCINATED

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 25, 2019) – World Rabies Day, observed September 28, raises awareness about rabies and provides opportunities for education, enhanced prevention and control. Gwinnett Animal Welfare continues to tackle the issue of rabies locally by embracing this year’s theme, “Vaccinate to Eliminate.”

“Eight cases of rabies have been confirmed in Gwinnett County this year,” said Alan Davis, Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division Director. “Though exposure to wildlife can put our pets and family members at risk, rabies prevention starts with the owner. The single most effective means of rabies control and prevention is vaccination.”

Gwinnett County requires a rabies vaccination and current rabies tag for all cats and dogs. Owners should ensure that all of their pets, including ind­­oor pets, are current on the rabies vaccination.

Small animals and rodents such as squirrels, chipmunks, mice and rabbits do not normally carry rabies; livestock such as cattle, horses, goats and sheep are not likely to have rabies. Wild animals such as raccoons, fox, bats or coyotes may be dangerous and carry rabies. Do not try to handle or approach wild animals.

If you notice an animal acting strangely, please call Gwinnett Animal Welfare right away at (770) 339-3200 for assistance.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare frequently provides discounted or free vaccinations at local events and festivals as part of an initiative to provide a safe and healthy community. All pet adoptions from Gwinnett Animal Welfare include vaccinations as well as spay/neuter and microchips as part of our commitment to this initiative.

For more information including available pets, adoption specials and events, follow us @GwinnettAnimalShelter on Facebook or visit www.GwinnettAnimalWelfare.com.

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