What is rabies?
The rabies virus infects the body's central nervous system, causing brain disease and death. Rabies can affect any warm blooded animal but the most common rabies vector species (RVS) includes: the bat, coyote, fox, skunk, and raccoon.
How do you get rabies?
Rabies is spread in the saliva of an infected animal when it bites another animal. Do not handle rabies vector species!
Rabies is 100% preventable and here is how you can decrease your risk of contracting this disease & preventing an animal being euthanized for being a rabies vector species even without disease.
* Do not keep wildlife as pets.
* Avoid direct contact with wildlife, dead or alive.
* Never touch wildlife with your bare hands.
* Avoid animals displaying unnatural behavior.
Contact our rehabilitation center if you found an orphan or injured RVS. We have a triage center and can assess the animal to ensure no disease is present and provide the care it needs. All our animals are vaccinated against rabies so at release they are healthy.
Facts vs. Myths
The virus is commonly transmitted in the saliva of an infected animal when it bites another animal, but it can also be found in its eyes and nose.
Not all RVS carry or have the virus. There is no reason to kill an animal because of outdated rabies fear! It's true RVS can have the virus, but only a small percentage is actually infected. Give these animals space and let them live.
There is no way to test for rabies infection in a live animal. Know for certain an animal is ill before calling Animal Control. Animal Control basically means animal euthanasia. Call us FIRST.
It's a common misconception that a nocturnal animal seen out in the daytime must be rabid, but this is rarely the case. In the spring and summer, mothers and juveniles will venture even in daylight to search for food.
Rabies is highly preventable in your dog and cat through the use of vaccines. A cat, dog, or person living in the United States has far less than 1% chance of contracting rabies due to widespread use of vaccines.
Symptoms of rabies include lethargy, stupor, walking in circles, paralysis of one or both back legs, loss of balance, eye or nose discharge, or unexplained aggressiveness towards humans.
Discourage contact with pets and wildlife. Feed your pets indoors. Leaving food outside attracts wildlife. Let's share our world safely.