February 15, 2010

States that Grant Rabies Waiver for Sick & Senior Pets

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin permit rabies medical exemption for companion animals in the care of a licensed veterinarian. Policies and forms for these exemptions vary from place to place. State laws may not supersede local animal control ordinances; it is prudent to ask your town or county for requirements. Finally, some places may informally exempt an animal from a repeat rabies inoculation at the request of a licensed vet. It doesn't hurt to ask.

We urge the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) and state health services nationwide to waive rabies shots for companion animals at risk of adverse reaction based on health status, age and proximity of exposure when a licensed veterinarian requests exemption.

Sign the petition

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Marco's Mom said...

There is no exemption in Indiana.
I would like to request (or start a petition) for rabies-shots waiver for sick and senior pets (as well as safe vaccination for companion pets) in Henry County, Indiana. Could you enlighten me how I may find the contact information and/or how to start a petition (the online petition provided seems only for Texas residence)?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Pamela said...

You're welcome to copy the petition I started online and adapt it to Indiana. In addition, I recommend that you establish a core group of dog and cat owners who can gather signatures offline at dog shows and other events. Lastly, contact Kris Christine at The Rabies Challenge Fund. The Fund has been instrumental in effecting reforms in the rabies interval as well as rabies waivers in many cities and states nationwide. Be prepared for a long row to hoe. Best of luck, feel free to contact me at pet.wellness@yahoo.com and please keep me posted.