World Rabies Day is September 28! Rabies is a deadly virus that kills pets, wildlife, and people across the globe. Help us end rabies by keeping your pets up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations which protects not only your pet but also you and your family from the virus.
Avoiding wild animals, particularly ones that appear to be injured or behaving abnormally, and teaching your children to do the same is also a great way to protect your family from rabies. Encourage children to tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by any animal (stray cats and dogs, wildlife, neighbors’ pets, etc.) or handle or wake up to a bat in a room (don’t let it go but safely capture it), and praise them for telling you. Be sure to report exposures to your local DHEC office. They will be happy to assist you with your rabies related questions and concerns.
If you see a wild animal that appears sick, contact a wildlife control operator or wildlife rescue/rehabilitation group for help. If you see a stray dog or cat, contact your local animal control office.