Some animal clinics may offer curbside rabies shots: Renew your dog license online

Some animal clinics may offer curbside rabies shots: Renew your dog license online

I haven’t been able to get my dog’s rabies vaccine due to COVID-19. Can I still renew his license?

Yes, you can still renew a dog license, even if the rabies vaccination record isn’t yet up to date for some reason.

We realize that it can be hard to perfectly coordinate the two, even under the best of circumstances. You can renew your dog license online and renewing it now will ensure it is current and valid when we update your rabies vaccination information.

Many veterinary clinics have continued to provide routine care including vaccines by using various methods such as “curbside” medicine to maintain physical distancing and promote safety. Please call your veterinarian to confirm the service you need is available, but rest assured we have heard from the veterinary community and they are looking forward to helping you with your pet’s rabies vaccination and other health care needs!

Why hasn’t Washington County Animal Services Been Taking in Healthy Stray Cats During COVID-19?

We are following the recommendations of the National Animal Care & Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and other animal welfare experts by suspending intake of healthy stray cats. The goal is to prepare the shelter for a possible surge of animals from those who have suffered due to COVID-19, and to limit the close personal contact normally required when assisting with animal intake and handling.

If you see a cat, please first consider that it might be someone’s pet. Especially if the cat appears to be in good condition and friendly, the cat may live nearby and have been given outdoor access by their owner. Even if you have never seen the cat before, your patterns or those of the cat and their owner may have changed since the beginning of the stay at home order, leading you to notice the cat for the first time.

For more information and specific tips on how you can help lost or stray cats in your neighborhood, please visit our COVID-19 & Pets FAQ page on our website.

Each month, you will have the chance to have your questions answered by the animal shelter. Email your questions to Jennifer_Keene@co.washington.or.us and we will try to answer as many as possible.

For more information on these topics and more, please visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.