Jefferson County is the home of many wildlife species (bats, skunks, raccoons, etc.) known to transmit this incurable disease to pets and people. All dogs must be vaccinated after reaching six months of age. Keep the rabies certificate as proof of current vaccination for licensing and proof of ownership.
View the interactive rabies positive animals maps for information and locations in Jefferson County where animals have been submitted and tested positive for terrestrial rabies:
Contact the animal control office in your jurisdiction about sick or injured strays. If the animal is found in unincorporated Jefferson County, call the animal control office or the sheriff's office and an officer will respond.
If a citizen chooses to take a sick or injured animal to an emergency vet on their own, the individual will need prior approval from Jefferson County Animal Control, otherwise the treatment expenses may not be covered.