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What do I need to know about rabies?

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Rabies is a disease caused by a virus carried in animals infected with the disease. The most common carriers of rabies are wild animals such as skunks, raccoons, and bats. These animals can infect a household pet that could, in turn, pass the disease on to people and other animals. Care should be taken to avoid situations that place your pet in contact with wild animals. Because there is a possibility that any strange animal may not have been vaccinated, adults should caution children to use care when around strange and unknown animals. All dogs and cats in the State of Arkansas are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies. A veterinarian licensed by the State of Arkansas must administer this vaccination. It is important that your dog or cat receive a rabies vaccination. For more information, contact the shelter at (479)444-3456.