Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania Rabies Vaccination Law -
Pennsylvanians who own or keep dogs and household cats more than three months of age must have them vaccinated against rabies to prevent the spread of the fatal disease to humans and other animals.
Vaccinations are mandated by the Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act which became effective on February 13, 1987
Why this Law ?
Rabies threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for more than a decade.
Unvaccinated dogs and cats are a threat to spread the disease to humans. Dogs and cats have frequent contact with humans and with wild animals that could be infected with rabies. Vaccinations for dogs and cats to protect the pets, their owners and the public against rabies have always been good common sense.
People who violate the law can be fined up to $300.
If requested, the vaccination certificate must be presented to enforcement officers as proof of compliance.
Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year.
Lifetime licenses are available.
Love your Dog, License your Dog !