Rabies

Think you might have been exposed to rabies?

Unsure if you’re at risk? Call us! The Pima County Health Department can do a rabies assessment over the phone for you. Call 520-724-7797.


  • Rabies is entirely preventable in humans.
  • Rabies is always fatal once symptoms begin.
  • If you think you are exposed to rabies, act quickly!


Rabies facts

  • People get rabies from contact with the saliva of an infected animal or from a bite or scratch from an infected animal.
  • In humans, rabies is 100% preventable by getting appropriate medical care quickly.
  • Once symptoms appear, rabies is always fatal in humans. Do not “wait and see” how you feel if you may have been exposed to rabies. Act fast. 
  • Unsure if you’re at risk? Call us! The Pima County Health Department can do a rabies assessment over the phone for you. Call 520-724-7797.

Preventing rabies

  • Stay away from wild animals, especially any that are injured or acting odd.
  • We know many people want to help injured animals. The best way to help them is to call 9-1-1 first, then call Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) at 520-724-5900 and press 4.
  • Vaccinate your pets, even indoor cats, against rabies.


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More tips

  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if it appears friendly. "Love your own and leave other animals alone" is a catchy way to remember this. 
  • Wash any wound from an animal thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by keeping vaccinations current for all dogs (it is the law!), cats and ferrets. Keep your cats and ferrets inside and your dogs under supervision. Call Pima Animal Care to remove stray animals from your neighborhood and consider having your pets spayed or neutered.
  • Bat-proof your home. In fact, any indoor space where people spend time – schools, churches, etc. – should keep bats out. See below for info.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by keeping vaccinations current for all dogs (it is the law!), cats and ferrets. Keep your cats and ferrets inside and your dogs under supervision. Call PACC to remove stray animals from your neighborhood and consider having your pets spayed or neutered.
  • Rabies is most common in bats, skunks, and foxes in Southern Arizona, but it can spread to cats, dogs, horses, javelina, cows, coyotes, and other animals too!

How can I keep bats out of my home?

Some bats live in buildings and there may be no reason to evict them if there is little chance for contact with people. However, bats should always be prevented from entering rooms of your home. For assistance with bat-proofing your home, contact a pest control company or a wildlife conservation agency. If you choose to do the bat-proofing yourself here are some suggestions. Carefully examine your home for holes that might allow bats entry into your living quarters. Any openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch should be caulked. Use window screens, chimney caps and draft-guards beneath doors to attics, fill electrical and plumbing holes with steel wool or caulking and ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly.

Additional bat-proofing can prevent bats from roosting in attics or buildings by covering outside entry points. Observe where the bats exit at dusk and exclude them by loosely hanging clear plastic sheeting or bird netting over these areas. Bats can crawl out and leave, but cannot re-enter. After the bats have excluded, the openings can be permanently sealed. For more information about bat-proofing your home contact Bat Conservation International.

If you find a bat in your home and don't know if a human or pet exposure has occurred, confine the bat to a room by closing all doors and windows leading out of the room and contact the Pima Animal Care Center immediately.

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4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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FAX: (520) 724-5960


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Ajo, AZ 85321
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Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
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