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The Code of Iowa requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Cedar Rapids Municipal Code  23.02 states “It shall be unlawful for any person to own a cat or dog over 4 months of age which has not been currently vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the Compendium of Animals Rabies Control as compiled by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc.,” and that “every cat or dog over 4 months of age shall wear a collar with a valid rabies vaccination tag attached to the collar when outside the owner's residence. “


Low-Cost Rabies/Microchip Clinic
scheduled for Sunday, September 18th, 1-3pm
at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control


Quarantine Enforcement

Depending upon the circumstances of exposure, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control may allow animal owners to conduct in-home quarantines, but can mandate out-of-the-home quarantines as well. Some of the factors used to determine which type of quarantine is mandated include, but are not limited to:

In-Home Quarantine:

  • Animal’s rabies vaccinations are current
  • Owners are cooperative and seem trustworthy
  • Owners have the ability to confine animal to the property to prevent escape or exposure to other humans or animals. Such as leash control or fenced yard.

At the end of a 10-day quarantine, the owners are asked schedule a veterinary visit so that the veterinarian can verify that the animal is alive and is not showing symptoms that could be consistent with rabies.

Depending on circumstances of exposure, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control may mandate an out-of-home quarantine. Some of the factors used to determine which type of quarantine is mandated include, but are not limited to:

Out-of-the-Home Quarantine:

  • Not current on rabies vaccinations
  • Owners are not cooperative
  • Owners do not have the ability to satisfactorily confine the animal

Out-of-the-home quarantines usually require that the animal be housed in one of the following ways:

  • At the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center, or
  • At a local veterinary clinic.

Expenses related to the quarantine and/or testing of owned animals are the responsibility of the animal owner.

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