Larimer County kitten confirmed with rabies

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment confirmed the first case of rabies in a feline in Larimer County since the department was established in 1968.

According to a department bulletin, the infected kitten was an unvaccinated barn cat that was euthanized after biting or scratching 8 people- 3 adults and 5 children. Six other unvaccinated cats on the property were also euthanized due to exposure to rabies. So sad!

Believe it or not, your pets are at risk. For the health and safety of your pets, your family, and our community, I urge you to get your cats and dogs vaccinated.

Pet vaccinations and licensing is the law

Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all domestic animals in Larimer County though there is believed to be a large population of unvaccinated and unlicensed domestic animals in the county.

Larimer Humane Society estimates there are about 70,000 unlicensed cats in our area, most of which are also likely unvaccinated. Yikes, that’s a lot of rabies exposure, posing a significant threat not only to the animal population but the human population, too!

Larimer County Pet Licenses

Fortunately low-cost vaccinations are available in Fort Collins. The Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic holds regular low-cost vaccination clinics for cats and dogs. The cost for rabies vaccinations at the clinics is $14.

Upcoming low-cost vaccination clinics at Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

Walk-in Clinics

Saturday, July 27
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 24

By Appointment Vaccination Clinics

Tuesday, July 30
Tuesday, August 13
Tuesday, August 27

We’re lucky to have this wonderful resource in our community, thanks Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic!

You can also take your pets to your regular veterinarian for vaccinations. Some veterinarians require a physical exam when vaccinating pets- this is always a good idea, of course- though an exam with vaccinations may cost a bit more. However you choose to get your pet vaccinated, please just get it done!

There’s still space available at my free to you Reader Appreciation Event on July 30, 2013. RSVP to I hope you’ll join me for an evening of creativity and fun- it’s my way of saying thank you! :)

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