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CHEYENNE, Wyoming Passes 3 Year Rabies Ordinance!!

It’s official!!! On December 8, 2008, the Cheyenne City Council passed a 3 year rabies ordinance which included a medical exemption for sick animals — thanks to the efforts of Wyoming dog owners, led by Karon Volk of Karontara Irish Wolfhounds, who initially raised concerns about the city’s outdated annual booster protocol.

CHEYENNE – City Eases Rabies Vaccine Rules Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Page A3, Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Jodi Rogstad
The City’s Dogs and Cats will No Longer Need to Get Rabies Shots Every Year. Pet owners now have the option to have their animal companions vaccinated once every three years. Monday, the Cheyenne City Council voted 8-2 to change the city’s rabies vaccine ordinance.

Cheyenne City Council http://cheyenne.granicus.com/AgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=57

9. ORDINANCE – 3RD READING – Amending Section 6.12.020, Rabies Tags, of Chapter 6.12, Dog and Cat Registration, and Section 6.16.020, Rabies Vaccination Required, of Chapter 6.16, Rabies Control, of Title 6, Animals, of the Code of the City of Cheyenne, Wyoming. (PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE)

ACTION: Approved as amended by substitute

ARKANSAS Considers 3 Year Rabies Law

Health Department Discusses Change In Pet Vaccination Law The Morning News November 22, 2008 http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2008/11/22/news/112308lrpetvaccinations.txt

“LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas and Alabama are the only states that still require annual rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats, but that could change in the 2009 session.”

What You Can Do to Help: Contact the Arkansas Legislature http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ and ask them to pass the 3 year rabies legislation when it is introduced and request that a medical exemption clause for sick animals be included.

WICHITA, Kansas Weighing 3 Year Rabies Ordinance

City Seeking Vets’ Input on Rabies Wichita Eagle November 15, 2008 http://www.kansas.com/living/pets/story/597614.html “The city of Wichita is asking area veterinarians if it should change its ordinance requiring dogs to be vaccinated yearly against rabies.”

What You Can Do to Help: Give the Wichita City Council a call and ask them to adopt a 3 year protocol with a medical exemption clause for sick animals http://www.wichita.gov/Government/CityCouncil/ phone: (316) 268-4331 .


A number of pet owners in Mississippi and South Carolina have been under the mistaken impression that their states require annual rabies boosters. Both states have 3 year protocols.

MISSISSIPPI Rabies Laws (for questions about Mississippi’s 3 year protocol, contact State Veterinarian, Mississippi State Veterinarian, Dr. Jim Watson 601-359-1170) http://www.mbah.state.ms.us/disease_programs/rabies/ms_rabies_laws.htm

All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies at three months of age, revaccinated one year later and every three years thereafter,using a rabies vaccine approved as providing a 3-year immunity.

SOUTH CAROLINA Rabies Control Title 47 SECTION 47-5-60 (for questions about the 3 year protocol in South Carolina, call State Veterinarian, Dr. Stephanie Cox 803-898-4042) http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t47c005.htm Inoculation of pets; certificates and tags.
A pet owner must have his pet inoculated against rabies at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the pet from rabies using a vaccine approved by the department and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. Evidence of rabies inoculation is a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian


Tennessee dog owners have launched an effort requesting the state to consistently enforce the 3 year rabies immunization requirement set forth in Tennessee law Title 68 Chapter 8 tennessee.gov/sos/acts/103/pub/pc0765.pdf . The RabiesVaccinationChallengeinTN Yahoo Group they formed can be found at http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RabiesVaccinationChallengeinTN/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=3 .


The Rabies Challenge Fund

November marks the one year anniversary since the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies began at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and the fund has raised $166,778 of the $209,000 needed to fund the studies’ second year budget.

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