Free Rabies Clinics For Mecklenburg County Residents
Mecklenburg County residents only
2nd Saturday of every month
At the shelter:
Animal Care & Control
8315 Byrum Dr
8:00am to 10:45am. Line cut off is promptly at 10:45am so that owners in line can be served faster with one-on-one attention prior to opening for regular business. Owners that come for the free rabies shots will receive a number so you can rest at your car. Everyone who received a number before then will be served. Anyone that comes after 10:45am will be referred to the next clinic date.
Microchip clinics will be held in conjunction with the rabies clinic (same time and place). Microchips will be $10 each for any pet owner in or surrounding Mecklenburg County. Go to our Microchip Page to learn more.
Please the read the following instructions
Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers.
Please have cats in separate carriers as this makes it easier to administer the rabies shots without having to take them out of their carriers.
NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES PLEASE!! This can cause dog fights and people becoming entangled and cause people to trip.
Dogs must be in regular collars or harnesses. NO CHAINS are allowed to be used as collars.
No appointment needed to come to a rabies clinic. Just come on the Second Saturday of the month between 8:00am - 10:45am.
You MUST bring a picture ID with your current address. If your address on your ID is not current, please also bring a utility bill that shows your current address. If you do not have a picture ID you will be turned away.
All dogs and cats that are coming to receive a rabies shot MUST be at least 4 months of age. Any animal brought that is under 4 months will be turned away. If you have any papers that shows a birth date on your pet bring that with you.
If you bring prior rabies certificates your pet could receive a 3 year shot.
Your pet will not receive a rabies vaccination from us if it is requested more than 30 days before the previous shot’s expiration date. Rabies vaccinations requested within the final 30 days or after expiration will be given.
If you are bringing an animal to the clinic for a family member, friend, or neighbor, you MUST have their photo ID (or a photo copy of their photo ID) with their current address and written permission for you to get their animals vaccinated.
There are two lines that are created at 7:00am (looking at the shelter from the street): a rabies line on the left near the pasture yard/barn and a spay/neuter line on the right at the main entrance to the shelter. The spay/neuter line will start at 7:00am. The rabies line will start at 8:00am. Note: owners in line for the spay/neuter services are there by appointment only.
Rabies shots need to be current before the owner can purchase a required city/county pet license.
You have the option to purchase a city/county license at the same time that you receive your rabies certificate. If you wish to purchase a license, you can do that at the same time you receive your rabies certificate. A license is $30 for unaltered pets and $10 for spayed/neutered pets. If we do not already have proof in our database that your animal has been altered then you will be asked to pay the $30 license fee. You are encouraged to bring proof of spay/neuter with you to get the $10 license fee.
We accept the following forms of payment: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard.
Numbers are called in groups of ten. You are welcome to wait in your car but make sure you listen for when your number is called.
Please note that there could be a long wait to receive your pets vaccination so we appreciate your patience. Feel free to bring a book or something to do and even a chair if you choose not to wait in your car.
*The monthly spay/neuter clinics held at the shelter are held on the same day BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. If your pet needs spay or neuter services please visit the spay/neuter page to fill out an application. ALL surgery appointments on the day of the clinic have first priority when the clinic starts.*
If you can't make it to our next clinic the Humane Society of Charlotte holds a low cost vaccine clinic called Critter Care Wednesdays which includes rabies and microchipping. You can also receive low-cost services from Stand for Animals and Snipwell.
Read more about keeping safe from rabies.
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