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Posted on: September 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Loudoun Animal Services Offers Microchipping for Pets at Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic

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On Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Loudoun County Animal Services will offer its second annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic for cats and dogs at the Animal Shelter, located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. This year, there will be an added option for owners to microchip their pet.

“Our rabies vaccination clinics have been well received in the community and we wanted to do even more for pets and their owners,” said Nicole Falceto, Loudoun Animal Services Community Relations Manager. “Microchips make a tremendous difference in the reunification process by helping us locate the owner of a lost pet.”

The clinic will offer one- and three-year options of the rabies vaccine. 

Vaccine Cost:
  • Cats (One- and three-year vaccine) - $10
  • Dogs (One-year vaccine) - $20, includes a one-year, county-required license
  • Dogs (Three-year vaccine) - $40, includes a three- year, county-required license
The vaccine cost for dogs is higher because it comes with a county-required license, which can be automatically renewed if the dog has an existing license. Unlicensed dogs will receive a new license at no extra cost. 

Microchips are $15 per pet and are not required to be purchased with a vaccine. 

Pet Owners Should: 
  • Bring prior vaccination records; 
  • Transport cats securely in a carrier; and 
  • Have dogs on a leash of six feet or less. (Do not use retractable “flexi” leashes.) 
Owners wishing to purchase a three-year vaccine must bring proof of prior vaccination for review by a licensed veterinarian. The three-year vaccine will only be available while supplies last. 

For the safety of pets and people, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all cats and dogs over the age of four months to be regularly vaccinated against rabies. The majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife but when people are exposed to rabies, it is usually the result of an encounter with an infected domestic animal. Microchipping pets is not required by law. However, microchips are especially important for cats who have the lowest rate of reunification in shelters across the United States. 

More information about Loudoun Animal Services is online at

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