Code of the District of Columbia

§ 8–1803. Vaccinations.

(a) An owner who has a dog over the age of 4 months shall have the dog vaccinated against rabies and distemper. Pursuant to rules issued by the Mayor, an owner of a cat over the age of 4 months shall have that cat vaccinated against rabies.

(b) The Mayor shall provide a free rabies vaccination clinic at least annually.


(Oct. 18, 1979, D.C. Law 3-30, § 4, 26 DCR 765; Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-199, § 4(a), 30 DCR 119; Dec. 20, 2017, D.C. Law 22-37, § 2(c), 64 DCR 11682.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-1003.

1973 Ed., § 6-2403.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of Standard of Care for Animals Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-165, Oct. 23, 2017, 64 DCR 10792).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(d) of Standard of Care for Animals Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-137, July 31, 2017, 64 DCR 7787).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under Law 3-30, see Mayor’s Order 83-206, August 2, 1983.