Rabies Awareness Reminder for the Summer

With summer upon us, Amarillo residents are engaging in varieties of outdoor activities, increasing the likelihood of coming across unfamiliar animals.

“We want to emphasize the importance of animal safety, both for domestic and wild animals, particularly during the summer months when outdoor activities are at their peak,” said City of Amarillo Assistant Director of Animal Management & Welfare Kris Shaffer.

Amarillo has confirmed a second case of rabies in a non-domestic animal, officials reported on Tuesday.

The city is offering several rabies awareness tips:
– Keep vaccinations current for all pets/animals, including horses and livestock.
– Avoid contact with wild animals and unfamiliar animals.
– Refrain from feeding wild animals as it encourages their presence in the area.
– Report all animal bites to AAMW as soon as possible, which is required by city ordinance.
– If bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water and seek prompt medical attention.

For more information, contact the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare Department at 806-378-9032

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