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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Rabies Educational Outreach


Rabies is a deadly viral disease that is transmitted to humans from the bite of infected animals.  In Los Angeles County, bats are the number one source of rabies.  It is very important to know how to protect yourself, your family and your pets from rabies. 


Below are educational outreach messages that we encourage you to share on social media, with your own family, or in your workplace to help protect as many people and pets as possible. 


Remember that the following rabies-related incidents are reportable to the Department of Public Health:

  • Animal bites to humans (except those from squirrels, rabbits, rodents, birds, and reptiles) 

  • Domestic pet versus wild mammal incidents (for example, dog vs coyote, cat vs skunk, dog vs opossum)

  • Bat exposures to humans or pets (for example - finding a bat inside your house, or a sick bat on your property

Reporting forms are found here and can be emailed to or faxed to 213-481-2375.


For rabies consultations or questions about rabies - speak to one of our veterinarians, Monday to Friday     8am-5pm, at 213-288-7060 or email


                                never touch a bat with bare hands   

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BAT - pdf icon1 (English and Spanish double-sided infographic, printable version)


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                               Animal Bites and Rabies Risk - Recommendations for Los Angeles County pdf icon1


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                          report coyote bites

                         report animal bites


Additional Resources


Don't Let the Dogs Bite: How to be Safe Around Dogs - Coloring & Activity Book - English pdf icon1  Spanish pdf icon1 - California Department of Public Health


Body Language of Feline Anxiety - Dr. Sophia Yin

Body Language of Fear and Anxiety in Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

How to Greet (and How Not to Greet) a Dog - Dr. Sophia Yin

How Kids Should (and Should Not) Interact with Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

Bite Levels in Dogs - Dr. Sophia Yin

Dog Park Etiquette - Dr. Sophia Yin


Last updated: March 25, 2021


Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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