Rabies is a virus that can affect both domesticated (dogs and cats) and non-domesticated animals (groundhogs, skunks, cows, bats, opossums, etc.). Fish, snakes, lizards, and birds cannot carry or get the rabies virus. The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. You cannot get rabies from blood, skunk spray, urine, feces, or from petting an infected animal.
Who to Contact
Animal Control: to report bites and collect specimens
During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm): call 301-600-1544
After hours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-1603
Bite reports can be faxed to 301-600-1547
Environmental Health: for general rabies questions
During regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm): call 301-600-1717, email CommunityServicesOffice@FrederickCountyMD.gov or fax 301-600-3180.
After hours, weekends, and holidays (The Frederick County Communications Center will contact the on-call Environmental Health supervisor regarding the emergency): call 301-600-0312
Community Health Services: for questions about human exposure/bites
During regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm): call 301-600-1733 or fax 301-600-1403
After hours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-0312
Rabies Signs in Animals
Symptoms of Rabid Animals (may exhibit multiple symptoms or have only 1):
Foaming at the mouth
Daytime activity in nocturnal animals (e.g. raccoon attacking a dog during the day)
The only way to fully protect your pets is to ensure that they are currently vaccinated. The Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics for cats, dogs, and ferrets 3 months of age and older.
The date for the fall rabies vaccination clinic for 2022 is:
September 15, 2022 at the Thurmont Community Park
All clinics are from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and are held rain or shine. The cost is $10.00 and can be paid by cash or check (no credit or debit cards). For more info check out our flyer 2022 Rabies Clinic flyer. Please call 301-600-1717 with any questions.