Press release about the Creation of the Rabies Challenge Fund
Press release about the U.S. being declared canine rabies-free
Recent News (see home page for most recent news)
October 2016: Unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed to rabies will spend just four months in quarantine instead of six months as part of a sweeping effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to update Massachusetts regulations.
Dogs and cats that have proof of a prior vaccination at some point in their life are considered currently vaccinated immediately upon receiving a shot, and it will be good for the longest period recognized on the label.
330 CMR 10.00 Prevention of the Spread of Rabies, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture
10.02(3) An animal that has received at least one Rabies vaccine in its lifetime but, has not received a booster vaccination prior to the expiration date of its last Rabies vaccination, will be considered Currently Vaccinated immediately following administration of a Rabies vacccine and the vaccine will be good for the duration indicated on the product label.
10.06 (3)(c) Any [unvaccinated] dog or cat Exposed by Direct Contact to a suspected rabid animal, Exposed by Proximity to a confirmed rabid animal, as determined by State Laboratory testing, or which has received a Wound of Unknown Origin shall be vaccinated immediately and placed under Confinement for a period of four months.
Special News - March 2011
Patricia Ann Styles Bequeathes $60,000 to The Rabies Challenge Fund
The late Patricia Ann Styles of Australia has made a generous bequest of $60,000 to The Rabies Challenge Fund in "grateful acknowledgement of so much advice, generosity and wonderful support that I received from so many dog owners across the United States," and for all the kind and touching tributes she received when she lost her beloved therapy dog, Nikki. It was Pat's desire that this gift would "help towards freeing [dog owners] from the mandatory requirement to have their dogs repeatedly vaccinated against rabies."
Pat's will specified that $10,000 of her gift be set aside to ensure that each of the dogs involved in this important research "is given ‘special treats’ from time to time" in recognition of the fact that "they have more individual value than their scientific contribution to the study."
The Rabies Challenge Fund is deeply grateful for this significant bequest and for Pat's efforts to pass vaccine disclosure legislation in Australia and raise awareness of the risks of overvaccination globally.
4/20/17 - Click here to read a letter written by Dr. Ron Schultz regarding rabies antibody titer.
18 U.S. States Have Medical Exemptions in Lieu of Rabies Vaccination:
Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin
Click here for the full text of each state's exemption language.