Drive-thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic to be held on Saturday

Drive-thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic to be held on Saturday

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Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement will host a free Drive-thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic  on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services  Building (2345 Morganton Boulevard, Lenoir).  

“We want to make sure all pets are protected against rabies, so if we have a pet come in contact  with a rabid animal, or if we have a pet-bite case, both our pets and our families are protected,” said Animal Care Enforcement Director Richard Gilliland.  

In pet-bite cases, vaccinated animals can be quarantined at home. Unvaccinated animals must  be quarantined at the Caldwell County Animal Shelter for 10 days. This quarantine cost the pet  owner $15 per day, plus the cost of a rabies vaccination.  

“Many people could not afford the $160 fee to get their pet back, and they ended up  surrendering their animal,” explained Gilliland. “To help prevent this from happening, we worked  with our vendor to provide vaccinations at no costs to our residents.” 

One-year vaccinations are free to Caldwell County residents with a government issued ID and  $10 for out-of-county residents; however, supplies are limited. 

To learn more about the upcoming vaccination clinic, visit or call the  Animal Care Enforcement Division at 828-757-8625.

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