Rabies Clinics

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) offers affordable and accessible rabies clinics to pet owners
in Greater Boston and on Cape Cod.

The ARL’s rabies clinics take place in the Spring in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster.
Visit our calendar of events for upcoming clinics.

Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. The virus attacks the central nervous system and can be secreted in saliva. Infected animals show no fear of humans, drool and act in an agitated fashion.

In Massachusetts, all indoor and outdoor dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies.

The ARL works to increase rabies vaccination rates in the state in a variety of ways.  The ARL vaccinates every adoptable dog, cat and ferret against rabies. The ARL’s Spay Waggin’ also offers vaccinations to clients,
and all feral cats at our Fix A Feral clinics receive a rabies vaccination.

Please make sure your pets are vaccinated!

Learn About Rabies Vaccinations

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Rabies Info

Keep your pets’ immunizations up-to-date to protect yourself and your family from rabies and other contagious diseases.

Massachusetts law requires rabies vaccinations for owned cats and dogs age 6 months and older.

Why?

  • Rabies is a fatal animal disease that can spread to humans.
  • Each year, 450+ Massachusetts pets are exposed to rabid animals.  Even indoor animals are at risk for exposure!
  • In the spring, the ARL hosts rabies clinics with the City of Boston, and through our Dedham and Brewster shelters. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming clinics.
  • Learn more about other affordable rabies clinics across MA.


For more information on rabies vaccinations, contact your veterinarian or the ARL's Boston Veterinary Care.

Instructions for Rabies Clinics

Instructions for ARL Rabies Clinics

Please note these important details for ARL rabies clinics:

  • Confirm the cost for the rabies vaccination clinic.
  • Bring valid proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination and present it at check in to receive a 3-year vaccine.
  • Ensure dogs are on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

 
Visit our calendar of events for dates, times, and details of spring rabies clinics at our shelters.