“Almost Free” Rabies Clinic

Every autumn, the RISPCA hosts an Almost-Free Rabies Clinic, which is a great opportunity for you to get your pets vaccinated against this fatal disease. Rhode Island Law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies.

The “cost” of each vaccine is 5 cans or boxes of unexpired non-perishable food, which we will collect and donate to a local food bank. Over the 12 years that the RISPCA has been doing this, we have collected approximately 3500 pounds of food for the community!

We will issue you a rabies vaccination certificate for each pet. If your pet has not been vaccinated within the past three years, we can issue a certificate good for one year. If you have proof of a previous, unexpired rabies vaccination, we can issue a certificate good for three years. Please note that if a rabies vaccine is expired by even one day, we cannot legally issue a certificate good for more than one year.

Please bring previous rabies vaccination certificates, as well as your license or state ID.

Dogs should be leashed. Cats should be in carriers. People gather at the entrance to the shelter and we issue numbers. We will then call out batches of numbers. For example, “1 through 20 can come in.” and fill out the paperwork with you. A volunteer will check your food, another will take your pet’s information and your contact information. Even though we have hundreds of people attend each year, the line moves quickly!

Rhode Island state law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies, and be licensed through the local city and town. Licensing requires proof of current rabies vaccination, which is the paper that we will give you. The tag should go on your pet’s collar. When you get your pet’s license, the town will issue you another tag that should also go on your pet’s collar.