World Rabies Day is Friday, Sept. 28, and the disease is still a factor. It’s not as rampant as it once was, thanks to the ongoing efforts of animal control agencies nationwide.

Rabies is the number one reason why animal control organizations exist in the first place. In California, the law requires people to have a license for dogs, and you can’t get a license unless your dog has been given the rabies vaccination.

Riverside County Animal Services will be providing free rabies shots on Friday, Sept. 28. The free vaccinations will be provided from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county’s main shelter, the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, CA 92509.

The county’s veterinary staff will also provide pet owners the other vaccination and microchip services, if desired, at the regular low-cost fees. Visit the county website,, to review the vaccination fees and other services.