What is rabies, and is it a problem in Jackson County?
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain. Dogs, cats, humans and other animals can become infected with rabies if they are exposed; however rabies is very rare in dogs and cats anymore, and extremely rare in humans.

In Jackson County the only animals that have been found with rabies in recent years are bats. Typically two to four rabid bats are found in Jackson County each year, usually during the summer months. A dog or cat which comes into contact with a rabid bat is at risk of being infected if the dog or cat has not been vaccinated. Keep in mind that rabies is 100% fatal for animals, but you can prevent it by getting your dog or cat vaccinated for rabies.

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1. Who do I call if I have an animal control complaint?
2. What is the difference between the Animal Shelter and the Humane Society?
3. Why do I have to license my dog?
4. Where do I go to get a dog license?
5. When I visit the Animal Shelter, why can't I touch the animals?
6. What is a responsible pet owner?
7. What is rabies, and is it a problem in Jackson County?
8. What is the truth about neutering and spaying?