The Weather is Here…

Looks like the forecasts weren’t off! Although the snow has given us a beautiful winter wonderland, slick roads and power outages are a major cause for concern. Please stay safe and warm!

A message from Animal Services about potential scheduling changes due to the weather is below. Remember: Your pets may love playing in the snow (like Macro), but they get cold too!

Due to the forecasts for the impending heavy snowfall Thursday,

Macro loving the snow

Macro’s loving the snow

February 26th, which may lead to hazardous driving conditions, we want to prepare everyone for the possibility that the shelter may cancel the rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday February 28th from 9am to 12pm at the Chatham County Animal Shelter. We will closely monitor the weather and will communicate any schedule changes accordingly. Please stay safe and warm! Remember your pets want to be warm too!   

If anyone is in urgent need of low cost rabies vaccines for their pets, Jordan Lake Animal Hospital, in conjunction with the county sponsored clinic, is holding a $5 rabies clinic from March 2nd-7th. You may contact them directly to schedule the vaccination at 919-542-5424.

If there are any questions, please contact the shelter 919-542-7203.

Who needs tennis balls when there’s snow to fetch?

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How to Stop Measles

This blog will be about measles. However, it will not be about whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, nor will it describe how contagious measles is, nor will it be about the measles outbreak currently spreading from California to Midwest states and Mexico…so far, nor will it discuss the symptoms of measles and that children under five are at greatest risk from suffering secondary infections including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death, nor will it be about the protection being vaccinated from measles provides, nor about it being a good time to schedule your Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination at the Chatham County Public Health Department or your medical provider.

This blog will be used to draw attention to the Measles and Rubella Initiative, a global partnership to stop measles and rubella.  The Centers for Disease Control Measles blogand Prevention, American Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Foundation developed the Initiative in 2001 to address the global measles burden that included staggering statistics including the fact that prior to 2001, 562,000 children died worldwide from measles complications each year.  The primary goal of the initiative was to provide the measles vaccine to as many children as possible.  By vaccinating millions of children, the Initiative helped reduce the worldwide annual measles death toll to “…145,700 children per year [in 2013] – mostly children less than five years of age. That means approximately 4000 die from measles-related complications each day, or 17 deaths every hour.”  Though the evidence proves the Measles & Rubella Initiative is effective, they still strive to do more as “…measles can be completely prevented with two doses of a safe, effective, and inexpensive vaccine.”

For more information about the Measles and Rubella Initiative please visit

For more information about Measles symptoms, vaccinations, and other resources please visit the CDC website at


February 2015 Declared Spay/Neuter Awareness Month by Chatham Commissioners

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution designating February 2015 as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. The resolution, which was adopted January 20th, recognizes the challenges associated with pet overpopulation, stating that “humane societies and animal shelters have to put down millions of cat, dogs, rabbits and other animals each year, many of whom are healthy and adoptable, due to a lack of critical resources and public awareness.”

The resolution also points out the important role of spaying and neutering pets in reducing this burden. Chatham County Animal Services has teamed with local veterinarians and animal rescue organizations to advocate for the spaying and neutering of pets and feral cats. Chatham County hosts a number of spay/neuter events and offers a low-cost spay and neuter voucher to residents who qualify. To request more information on qualifications for each household, please visit or call 919-542-7203.


Go Red this Month!

For 11 years, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement has been impacting the health of women through the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who have supported the cause.  330 fewer women are dying per day but the fight is far from over.  In recognition of National Wear Red Day on Wear Red 3Friday, February 6, 2015, the American Heart Association is encouraging area women and men to “Go Red” along with local and national news outlets, organizations and leaders.  Across the country, America is supporting the cause to stand up against heart disease in women.

Heart disease and stroke remains the No. 1 killer of women.  For 30 years, moreWear Red 1 women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.  Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing the disease.  Women who “Go Red” and get involved in the cause are more likely to make healthy choices.  The Go Red for Women movement was designed to spread awareness, to encourage women to focus on their heart health, and support research and science related to improving these statistics.

Local events highlighting the Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month in February include the Western Council on Aging Heart Health Fair on February 3, 2015 from 10:00am to noon and the Chatham County Public Health Department staff wearing red as an awareness campaign that heart disease and stroke are the number one killer of women. Join us!

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You can show your support for the fight against heart disease in women on National Wear Red Day in many ways – from simply wearing red to helping organize an event at your workplace, school or local organization.  Visit for more details and a free toolkit.


January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

From the NCCC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in the communities. 
Key points about cervical cancer:
  • More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year.
  • As many as 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
  • In 2012, 8 million US women had not been screened as recommended in the last 5 years.
  • Every visit to doctors and nurses is an opportunity to prevent cervical cancer.
To increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccine uptake, doctors, nurses, and health systems can:
  • Help women understand what screening tests are best for them and when they should get tested.
  • Screen or refer all women as recommended at any visit.
  • Make sure patients get screening results and the right follow-up care quickly.
  • Use reminder-recall systems to help doctors, nurses, and patients remember when screening and HPV vaccination are due.
  • Strongly recommend that preteens and teens get vaccinated against HPV.”