The 2017 St. Bernard Parish Rabies and Microchip Drive have been scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the St. Bernard Parish Animal Services, 5455 East Judge Perez Drive in Violet, LA. The drive will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dog and cat owners may have their animals vaccinated against rabies and receive a rabies tag and license at a cost of $15 per pet; microchips are $15 per pet. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet taxi or cat carrier (no cardboard boxes)
Parish and state laws require dogs and cats receive a rabies vaccination every year toprotect against the virus that attacks the central nervous system. Aroundthe world more than 55,000 people a year die from rabies. Rabies is caused by virus that's usuallytransmitted by animal bites, most often from dogs that have been in contactwith a wild animal that was contagious. The Center for Disease Control saysmore than 90 percent of reported animal rabies cases in the U.S. are in wildanimals. The top species: raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.
It’s easy tounderstand why most municipalities require licensing of companion animals toensure they are up to date on their rabies vaccines. Sadly, we can’t domuch to protect non-domesticated (wild) animals, but we can stop rabies fromaffecting companion animals and the humans who love and care for them. Asimple, inexpensive vaccine protects your furry family members and, in turn,protects you and the rest of your human family as well. The rabies tag isan identification tag for pets. The tag number can identify the pet andits owner through records at the parish Animal Shelter. Microchips arenot “GPS,” but they link all of your contact information with your pet toensure that they are reunited with you if lost. For more informationplease contact the Animal Services at 504-278-1534.