Vaccination and Licensing FAQs

Does my pet have to be vaccinated for rabies?

Yes. Maryland law and regulation require all dogs, cats and ferrets age 4 months and older must be adequately vaccinated against rabies. Rabies shots typically expire after one to three years depending on the animal’s age and the type of vaccine used.

Where can I get a rabies vaccination for my pet?

Rabies vaccinations are available through area veterinary offices. Worcester County Health Department and Animal Control partner to provide semi-annual rabies clinics at a cost of only $5 per pet. Dates, times and locations will be announced to the public and media.

Do both cats and dogs have to be licensed?

Yes. Worcester County law requires that any dog or cat older than 4 months must be licensed in the county.

How do I license my cat or dog?

Many licensed veterinarians and Animal Control have the authority to issue a dog or cat license and issue the license tag.  Contact your vet or Worcester County Animal Control for more information at 410-632-1340.

Do I have to renew the dog or cat license?

Licenses are only valid while the pet’s rabies vaccination is valid. Before a license is issued, the pet owner must prove that the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies and that the vaccination is still effective. 

What happens if I lose the license tag?

​You present your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate to Animal Control to receive a new license.