Charles County


Rabies is a disease of animals and people, and the virus is spread through the saliva of a rabid animal. Usually this occurs when a rabid animal bites or scratches a person or animal, but secondary exposure can occur from contacting saliva off of the coat or fur of an animal that was exposed to a rabid animal. The virus may get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Domesticated animals like dogs, cats, and ferrets can get rabies from wild animals such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, opossums, and the like. Getting your pets vaccinated against rabies will prevent this from happening. A current rabies vaccination for your pet is vital in light of the current evidence of rabies in the area. Your local veterinarian is the most immediate solution for non-vaccinated animals.


Do you know what to do if you are bitten by or exposed to an animal that may be rabid? You should:


Animals can be great fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe when you’re with them. With a wild animal, being safe may mean staying far away so the animal doesn’t feel threatened and so you stay safe. The rule in the great outdoors is simple: Don’t touch or go near an animal. See further tips below to stay safe.

Humane Society of Charles County Clinic

Location: Humane Society of Charles County,
71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf.
Rabies vaccine $12.00 1 year or 3 year*
Distemper vaccine $15.00
Micro-chipping $30.00

Charles County requires a license for all cats and dogs.

**For a 3 year vaccine –You must bring a current rabies certificate!
Dogs should be leashed and under control at all times. Cats and and small animals should be in a carriers.
For further information call the Humane Society at 301-645-8181.