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The Wake County Animal Center offers rabies clinics, microchip clinics, offsite adoption events and more!  We also help to publicize local rabies and microchip clinics offered by community partners.  

Rabies & Microchip Clinic Information

  • Rabies vaccines are $5
  • Microchips are $10
  • All pets must be restrained at the clinic (either by a leash or in a carrier)
  • For a 3-year rabies vaccine, you must have written proof of prior vaccination - rabies tags alone will not be accepted as proof
  • Payment is by cash or check ONLY

Note:  Some clinics are sponsored by groups other than the Wake County Animal Center. They are posted on this page for the community to be aware.  Fees may be different than the prices listed above, and any deviation will be included in the event description. 

Adoption Specials at the Animal Center

  • Any dog or cat that’s been at the shelter for more than two weeks is available for just $25 for dogs and “name your price” for cats. The regular adoption fees are $95 for dogs, $45 for cats under five years old, and $15 for cats that are greater than five years old.

Community Pet Days

Community Pet Days are events that offer pet owners:

  • Some low-cost veterinary services (rabies shots, some additional dog and cat vaccines and microchips)
  • 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


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

  • Sunday, March 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
  • Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E Holding Ave., Wake Forest
  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at Dorcas Ministries, 187 High House Road, Cary
  • Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon

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: $10
  • HPP: 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.

Learn more!