Rabies Control Program

2023 Free Rabies Clinics

Date/Time Location
March 11, 2023
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Woodbine Ambulance Building
513 Dehirsch Ave.
Woodbine, NJ

March 14, 2023
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Public Works Garage
732 Broadway
West Cape May, NJ

April 15, 2023
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Public Works
771 Seashore Road
Cold Spring, NJ

April 22, 2023
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Community Lodge
300 JFK Blvd.
Sea Isle City, NJ

May 6, 2023
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Public Works Building
400 West Mechanic St.

All the above clinics are free for Cape May County Resident's cats and/or dogs. For any questions, please contact that specific clinic location's municipality. 

Disease & Symptoms

Rabies is a communicable disease that is caused by a neurotropic virus that is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected warm-blooded animal. The disease is often fatal characterized by:
  • Delirium with death due to paralysis
  • Fear of water
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Paralysis

Virus Introduction & Process

The rabies virus is introduced by the bite or scratch of an infected animal. Onset of rabies in humans is usually 3-8 weeks, sometimes as short as 9 days depending on the location of the wound and its distance from the brain. In dogs and cats, the onset of symptoms will occur usually within 3 to 7 days. This is why dogs and cats are quarantined for a 10-day period. A staff member of this department will check on the animal after the 10 days and will release the animal if it is still alive. The person bitten is then notified that the animal has survived the quarantine period and is therefore, free from rabies.

This department assists the municipalities in supplying vaccine, registration forms and brochures for the rabies immunization clinics for dogs and cats. This department also annually inspects kennels, shelters and pet shops. Please check with your local municipality for the date of the free rabies clinic. It is important that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies.

Physicians are required to notify the Department of Health of animal bites to as soon possible. Download and complete the Physician Rabies Reporting Form (Below) and submit it to the Department of Health. Complete forms can be faxed to 609-465-6564.

For more information on rabies, visit the National Rabies Management Program.

Rabies Resources