Animal Services works with the Health Officer, veterinarians, and the entire community to help prevent the spread of rabies in Sonoma County. In 2013, Sonoma County recorded eight cases of rabies distributed among species as follows: seven bats and one cat. Rabies is a very serious disease that is almost always fatal to humans and domestic animals if not treated before symptoms appear.
What You Can Do
It's up to all of us to prevent rabies. Here's what you can do:
Vaccinate all domestic dogs and cats. It's the single most important step you can take to prevent rabies, and it's required by law for all dogs and cats age four months and older.
Never handle wildlife and teach your children to admire wild animals from a distance.
Get vaccinated against rabies. If you work with domestic or wild animals or in situations in which you might be exposed to wildlife (especially bats), consider getting vaccinated.
Report exposure or potential exposure to rabies:
Rabies Prevention: Vaccinate. Don't Handle Wildlife. Report Exposure.