World Rabies Day

Globe ciclred by the words Wolrd Rabies Day 2019

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.

World Rabies Day is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).

Avoiding wild animals, particularly ones that appear to be injured or tame, 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, especially a wild animal, and praise them for telling you. Be sure to report exposures to your local DHEC office.

Keep Your Pets and Livestock Vaccinated!

2019 DHEC World Rabies Day Photo Album

World Rabies Day 2019

Join us in the fight against rabies by sending in photos of your vaccinated pets or livestock to by 9/27/19 for a chance to be included in DHEC’s World Rabies Day photo album on our official Facebook and Flickr pages. Please submit images less than 1 MB in size and in landscape orientation. Optional: include your pet’s name and hometown. See DHEC's World Rabies Day Photo Album entry rules and disclaimer.



DHEC World Rabies Day Interview with Travis Shealy

Check our Facebook Live video on World Rabies Day 2018!

A great way to safeguard against rabies is to always give wild and stray animals their space, and to educate your children on the dangers of handling unknown animals. Encourage children to tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Never handle strays or wildlife, and make sure to keep them away from your family pets.

If you see a wild animal that appears sick, contact your local animal control office, police/sheriff's department, pest control operator, or wildlife rescue/rehabilitation group for help.

Be sure to report animal exposures to your local DHEC Environmental Health Services office.

Photo album entry rules and disclaimer

  • You must be 18 years or older to submit a photograph.
  • You must live in South Carolina.
  • Pets and livestock must be current on their rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not submit a photograph taken by a professional photographer.
  • Do not submit a photograph of someone else or someone else’s pet.

Please submit only still photos. No videos.  If the photo you submit includes an image of you and/or your child, you are consenting to and authorizing DHEC to publish this image of you and/or your child for the purposes stated here.  

By submitting a photograph, you agree to grant DHEC a non-exclusive license to reproduce, use, display, and distribute your photograph without regard to any copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights you may have in such information. You further agree that you will not submit a photograph that would infringe any copyright or other proprietary rights.  You agree we may use your photo, including your image or your child's image, on our social and web platforms (for example, Facebook and Flickr) for the purpose of educating the public about rabies.  DHEC assumes no responsibility for any republication or other use of your photos by others not under our control.

All submitted photos will be reviewed; a photo submission is not a guarantee that the photograph will be included in the photo album.

DHEC reserves the right to decide which photos will be posted on the DHEC website, Facebook, Flickr, and other social platforms.


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