On February 21, 2019, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution waiving the rabies vaccination fee for animals of Cook County veterans and residents with disabilities.
The Department of Animal and Rabies Control will now be able to waive the rabies vaccination fee of one animal per County veteran or resident with a disability.
Military veterans are able to get an updated driver’s license/ID card with the “VETERAN” under the signature on the front of the card. To receive this designation, veterans must obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Residents with a disability will need to present their Illinois Disability Identification Card, a special photo ID given by the State that can be used for identification purposes in the same manner as a driver's license or whenever proof is needed to access certain services, programs, or activities.
Additionally, not-for-profits will have rabies vaccination fees waived for each animal that is provided to a veteran as a trained service animal.
Rabies can be dangerous, but it is easily avoided if pet owners follow the law and get their pets vaccinated. To learn more, visit the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control website.