Rabies Control

BatYour dog, cat or ferret must be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. The vaccination tags must be worn on the pet’s collar.

Licensing

Every dog, cat and ferret in Louisville Metro must be licensed and wear the license on its collar at all times. Contact the Metro Animal Services at 502-361-1318 for details on licensing requirements.

Dog, Cat and Ferret Bites

If your pet bites or scratches someone, you must report the bite to the Department of Public Health and Wellness. Call 502.574.6650.

We may issue an order to quarantine your pet and we will review detailed instructions on what you are required to do. Please advise us if you choose to have your pet quarantined in a different location other than your home or if you choose to have it quarantined at the Metro Animal Services facility. Upon completion of the 10 day quarantine period, a representative from Department of Public Health will visit your home to release your pet from quarantine. The pet will be released only if it appears healthy. If your pet has never been vaccinated against rabies or does not have a current vaccination, you will be issued an order to get your pet vaccinated against rabies.

Preventing Dog Bites
More on the Prevention and Treatment for Rabies

The Department of Public Health and Wellness does not administer rabies vaccine.  It is administered by local hospital emergency departments.  Kroger's Little Clinic also provides rabies vaccine.

Bats and Rabies

Animal Bite Exposure Rating and Recommended Rabies Treatment Rationale

Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis Prescription Addendum