Responsible Pet Ownership

Vaccinate Your Pet

Vaccinate your pet, including indoor cats, to protect them from serious diseases such as rabies, heartworm and distemper. The cost for treating diseases can be more than having your pet vaccinated. Take your pet to a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations.

Rabies vaccination

You must have a current rabies vaccine for your cat and/or dog over 3 months old under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Local low cost rabies vaccination clinics

Public Health Services is working with our veterinary partners to offer low cost rabies vaccine clinics for pets.

Beattie Animal Hospital Low Cost Rabies Clinics

Seven days a week. Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm at all Hamilton locations:

  • 34 Stone Church Rd. East, Ancaster - For appointment call 289-639-5540
  • 131 Upper Centennial, Stoney Creek - For appointment call 289-639-5600

Pet owners: Mention you are requesting a low cost rabies vaccine when booking your appointment and show proof of eligibility - receipt of OW, ODSP, or senior status.This is only the rabies vaccine and not a full exam.

Low Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinics

Local Petsmart locations will be hosting low cost clinics from 12 noon to 3 pm. Rabies vaccination $25. Microchip $25.

  • March 23, 2020 from 3 to 6 pm - Hamilton Burlington SPCA, 245 Dartnall Rd  
  • April 25, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm - City of Hamilton Clinic at Parkdale Arena, 1770 Main St E  


Animal bites and scratches

If an animal bites or scratches you:

  • Wash the area with soap and water right away
  • Call Public Health Services at 905-546-3570. Someone answers the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you want to press charges against the pet owner, or wish to have this matter investigated further, call Animal Services at 905-574-3433.