Pet services

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
Charlotte 28217

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. Everyone who received a number before line cut off will be servied. 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 are $10 each for any pet owner in or surrounding Mecklenburg County. ​Go to our Microchip Page to learn more about microchips.

FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL, MAY AND JUNE: Petco Love is providing free vaccines and Maddie's Fund is providing free Microchips. Some vaccines will be available while supplies last.

Please 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.


  • Dogs must be in regular collars or harnesses. NO CHAINS are allowed to be used as collars.

  • No appointment needed.

  • 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 and/or previous medical records from your vet, your pet could receive a 3 year shot. Rabies tags will NOT be accepted as proof of previous rabies. If you are unsure what to bring, then bring all the medical records you have; especially if you have been to previous clinics. Since we have changed the way we currently run them we will not have computer access to look up your information.

  • 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.

  • Upon your visit, you will see a tent with tables and a cart in the parking lot in front of the building closest to our barn. There may be a line but start there. Volunteers will be on site to help direct you.

  • Licenses can be purchased same day as clinic but you'll need to wait until 11am to purchase one. 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.

  • 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. Summer and late Fall are the busiest clinic months.

  • *We no longer have monthly spay/neuter clinics but we are still offering this service. They are still by appointment only. If your pet needs spay or neuter services please visit the spay/neuter page to fill out an application.*

If you can't make it to our next clinic the Humane Society of Charlotte holds a low cost vaccine clinic called Critter Car​e 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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