The cost is $10 per animal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals, most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal” that occurs “in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the reported cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.”
“In 2017 Tennessee reported 36 animals positive for rabies,” said Jerry Taylor, environmental health specialist with the Tennessee Department of Health. “Of those 36 animals there were 1 cat, 2 fox, 5 raccoons, 1 dog, 10 bats, and 17 skunks. Sullivan County reported no positives for 2017 while Johnson County reported 5 raccoons and 1 skunk positive for rabies. Greene County reported 5 skunks and 1 bat. Hawkins County reported 1 skunk positive. Since January of 2018 there have been 11 positive cases of rabies statewide. Of those 11 cases Sullivan County has reported 1 skunk positive. Neighboring Greene County has also reported 1 skunk positive. Other counties reporting positives include Hamblen, Jefferson, Rutherford, Williamson and Maury Counties. Maury County had 1 positive dog. To date all other positives have been skunks.”
Taylor said it is essential to have all of your pets, outdoor and indoor, vaccinated against rabies.
Tennessee state law requires that all dogs and cats 3 months of age or older receive and maintain current rabies vaccinations.
Rabies vaccinations will be offered at a reduced rate of $10 per vaccination at the clinics on May 3, beginning at 6 p.m. and “until the last customer is served.”
Clinic locations are as follows:
— Animal Medical Clinic, 2012 W. State St., Bristol.
— Ferguson Veterinary Hospital, 636 Anderson St., Bristol.
— Jones Animal Hospital, 603 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol.
— Volunteer Animal Clinic, 2515 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol.
— Sullivan Central High School (by Family Pet Veterinary Hospital), 131 Shipley Ferry Road, Blountville.
— Blountville Animal Clinic, 3030 Highway 126, Blountville.
— Paws of Hope, 231 Highway 19-E, Bluff City.
— Appalachian Animal Hospital, 5462 Highway 11-E, Piney Flats.
— Sullivan Middle School (by Kingsport Veterinary Hospital), 4145 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport.
— Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital, 3407 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport.
— Roark Animal Clinic, 1205 N. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport.
— Indian Ridge Animal Hospital, 1100 Indian Trail Drive, Kingsport.
— Colonial Heights Animal Hospital, 209 Colonial Heights Road, Kingsport.