Community Pet Days

Community pet days

Community Pet Days are events that offer pet owners:

  • Low-cost vaccination (rabies vaccine, dog and cat combination vaccine) and microchipping services
  • Information on affordable spay/neuter resources
  • Information on how to find affordable pet food and supplies
  • Information about Wake County Health and Human Services resources
  • Information about keeping pets and people healthy

Fall 2023 Community Pet Days will take place at the following times and locations:

What you need to know:

  • Weather: Community Pet Day is a rain or shine event.
  • Rabies vaccine: 1-year and 3-year vaccines are offered. Cost $5.
  • Microchips: a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder (about the size of a grain of rice) used to reunite lost pets. The microchip is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area and the chip transmits an identification number to the scanner. No cost.
  • DHPP: a combination vaccine that protects against five dog diseases (distemper, canine hepatitis, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza, and parvovirus). No cost.
  • FVRCP: a combination vaccine that protects against three cat diseases: feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1), feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline panleukopenia (FPV or feline distemper) No cost.

What you need to bring:

  • CASH: We can only accept cash at this time. Exact change is appreciated.
  • WATER: Lots of people come out for our Community Pet Days. You and your pets may have to wait for more than an hour – please bring water for yourself and your cat or dog. Please dress for the weather, as well. If you have an umbrella or chair you’d like to bring while you wait, we encourage you to bring it!
  • RABIES PAPERWORK: Please bring proof of prior rabies vaccine (vaccine certificate or vet paperwork. Rabies tags on collars are not sufficient.) If you have the paperwork from your pet’s last rabies shot, you can get the 3-year vaccine. If you do not have paperwork, your pet can get the 1-year vaccine.
  • USE A REAL LEASH: Flexi leash do not allow adequate control of dogs and those with flexi leashes may be asked to use a slip lead if they cannot control their dog.
  • PATIENCE: Please pack your patience; we have so many people struggling to keep their pet & families together, and we want to help each and every one. Be prepared to wait with your pet – we’ll serve everyone we can while supplies last. If your dog does not like other dogs, please bring a friend to either hold the dog or help you with paperwork.

Community Pet Days are offered by local veterinarian Dr. April Ward with Heal House Call VeterinariansWake County Animal Center,  Friends of Wake County Animal CenterDorcas Ministries and Wake County Health and Human Services.

Want to learn more about living with your cat or dog? How to understand your dog’s body language and they play? How to train your dog?

Check out these pet care resources offered by Wake County Animal Center and Wake County Public Libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: The services are subject to change depending on the availability of both the vaccinations as well as veterinary help.