Community Hygiene Program

The Community Hygiene Program ensures that: reported animal incidents are evaluated for the risk of rabies, citizen complaints are investigated, children that are adopted or in foster care live in healthy homes, aquatic facilities are operated in a safe and sanitary manner. This Program is also involved in sampling of private drinking water wells, and other activities.

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Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets  

Due to weather and staffing challenges, all upcoming HCHD rabies vaccination clinics are canceled. Please check back in the spring for more information about the return of this program.

Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center, sponsors monthly $5.00 vaccination clinics to protect your pet (cat, dog or ferret) from the rabies virus. (Click for a Rabies Vaccination Clinic flier)

Where: Davis Road Animal Control & Adoption Center 8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045

When: Canceled until further notice

Cost: $5.00 (cash or check)


  • Pets must be at least 4 months old to receive a vaccination.
  • Animals may be vaccinated with 1 or 3-year vaccine based on prior vaccination history
  • Bring a copy of previous vaccine history from a veterinarian. (3-year vaccination will be documented on the new certificate.)
  • A County license for your pet may be obtained at an additional charge ($6.00 for altered--proof is required, $24.00 for unaltered.) 

Safety First for All Participants

  • All pets must be on non-retractable leash or in an escape-proof carrier!
  • Muzzles are required for aggressive dogs!

For more information contact: Health Department Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1773.

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