Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Clinic
Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinics
The dates for our 2020 clinics are below. Locations will be published once finalized.
Dogs and cats as young as 12 weeks may participate in the clinic. Pet owners should bring their cats in carriers. Dogs must remain on a leash of six feet or less. No flexi-leads, please. We recommend bringing any prior vaccination records, but records are not required. LCAS can accept cash and check as forms of payment. Have questions? Email Us! Opens a New Window.
- Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Off-site clinic, location TBD
- Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Loudoun County Animal Services, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA
- Sunday, May 3, 2020 - Off-site clinic, location TBD
- Cats (One- and three-year vaccine) - $10
- Dogs (One-year vaccine) - $20, includes a one-year, county-required license
- Dogs (Three-year vaccine) - $40, includes a three-year, county-required license
- Microchip (Cat and Dog) - $15
Additional Information About the Rabies Vaccine & Microchips
For the safety of pets and people, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all cats and dogs over the age of four months to be regularly vaccinated against rabies. The majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife but when people are exposed to rabies, it is usually the result of an encounter with an infected domestic animal. Rabies is potentially contagious to pets and humans, and, when left untreated, the virus is almost always fatal. However, high rates of vaccination have led to a decline in the disease nationwide. Dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies, at a minimum, every three years.
Microchips are a safe, permanent way of identifying pets should they ever be found by Animal Services or a veterinary office. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted under the skin in the area around the shoulders through a needle. The procedure is no more invasive than a vaccination shot, and requires no anesthesia or recovery time. Once implanted, the number on the chip is registered with the owner's information. The microchip can be read by a scanner (similar to a bar code scanner) and provides a unique number for animal shelters, veterinarians, and rescues to trace the microchip back to the owner in order to reunite them with their pet. A microchip is not a GPS unit.