Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner. Protect yourself, your pet, and your community by staying up-to-date on your pet’s vaccinations. To help with this, MCACC holds free rabies vaccination clinics every month. See where the next one will be.
To keep your family and your pets safe:
- Keep away from wild and stray animals.
- Never pick up, touch or feed any of these animals.
- Teach your children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if it appears friendly.
- If someone has been bitten or scratched or had any contact with the animal, wash the area with warm water and soap and report it immediately to animal control or health officials. (Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and/or prevent the disease in humans and animals.)
- If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian immediately.
- Call Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to remove stray dogs from your neighborhood and consider having your pets spayed or neutered.
If you believe you may have been exposed to the rabies virus call
Animal Care and Control: (602) 506-7387 or
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health:
(602) 747-7500 (24 hours a day)