Community Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Clinic
Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
LCAS offers low-cost rabies vaccine and microchip clinics for pet owners. These clinics will be held at the Loudoun County Animal Services animal shelter, located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197.
Dogs and cats as young as 16 weeks may participate in the clinic. Pet owners should bring their cats in carriers and dogs must remain on a fixed 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!
Upcoming Clinic Date:
- September 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- This is a walk-in clinic with no registration required.
Rabies Vaccine Cost:
- Cats (One- and three-year vaccine) - $10
- Dogs (One-year vaccine) - $20, includes a 1 year county-required license
- Dogs (Three-year vaccine) - $40, includes a 3 year county-required license
Microchip Cost: $15 (cat and dog)
All pricing is per pet. Dogs with an existing county-required license will have their license automatically renewed and unlicensed dogs will receive a new license at no extra cost. Please bring cash or check.
Loudoun County Animal Services
39820 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA 20197
Additional Information About the Rabies Vaccine and 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.