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This information was supplied by:

Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
The Rabies Challenge Fund
(Mar. 29, 2010)


$10,000 Matching Gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund

    Inspired by the recent San Diego Safer Pet Vaccination Seminar, two anonymous dogs are making a $10,000 matching gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund.  Through the month of April, they will match every dollar donated up to $10,000.  Please consider taking advantage of this generous gift to double the amount of a donation.

    Tax-exempt donations can be mailed to The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843.  Credit card donations can be phoned in to Hemopet (specify they are for The Rabies Challenge Fund) by calling (714) 891-2022, ext. 13 or made with Paypal by following the instructions on our link http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/donate/donate-to-the-fund.

RHODE ISLAND -- 3 Year "Transition Policy" announced by State Vet 2/21/10

New R.I. Rabies Regulations Close to Approval, Providence Journal 2/21/10 http://www.projo.com/health/content/rabies_vaccinations_02-21-10_QVHH1UG_v13.36f414d.html

    "New rules, expected to go into effect about March 16, change the mandatory vaccination period from two to three years.   In the meantime, the state veterinarian, Dr. Scott Marshall, has created a transitional policy so that pets now protected aren’t reimmunized unnecessarily just because the old regulations have not yet expired. "

    If you have questions about the transition policy, contact Dr. Scott Marshall at scott.marshall@dem.ri.gov phone:  (401) 222-2781 ext. 4503

VIRGINIA Passes Medical Exemption Clause

VIRGINIA--Rabies Medical Exemption Clause passed the House and Senate and has gone to Governor McDonnell for signature.

Medical Exemption Clause Legislation--HB 322 Rabies vaccination; exempts certain dogs and cats. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=101&typ=bil&val=hb322&Submit2=Go Introduced by Delegate Kenneth R. Plum

    "Animal care; rabies vaccination. Requires the Board of Health to provide, by regulation, an exemption to the requirement that an owner of a dog or cat must have his animal vaccinated for rabies if the veterinarian determines that the dog or cat has an underlying medical condition that is likely to result in a life-threatening condition in response to the vaccination. "

WEST VIRGINIA Passes 3 Year Rabies Law, but Excludes Medical Exemption Clause

Legislature Alters Rabies Vaccination Law Huntington News 3/10/10 http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/100310-rutherford-localrabies.html

    "Effective June 13, you only have to have your dog(s) or cat(s) vaccinated against rabies every three years. West Virginia becomes the last state to adopt the three year standard. The current law requires vaccinations every other year."


Kris L. ChristineFounder, Co-TrusteeThe Rabies Challenge Fund

Successful efforts by The Rabies Challenge Fund leading to changes in state rabies laws/municipal ordinances to the 3 year national standard :

                                                Cheyenne, Wyoming
                                                Wichita, Kansas
                                                State of Alabama
                                                State of Arkansas
                                                State of Maine
                                                State of Rhode Island
                                                State of West Virginia

The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization [Fed. EIN # 84-6390682].


            More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:  

The information contained on this site is in no way intended to replace that of proper veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
It is meant to provide resource, so that we can better understand canine health related issues.