If you want to board the family pet at your local kennel, you better have proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination. It’s the law in every state: You must vaccinate your dog, cat, or ferret against rabies according to the recommended schedule. There are no exemptions for pet owners who might have religious or philosophical beliefs that conflict with immunization . The rabies vaccine protects the pet who receives it—and other pets and people—from acquiring rabies. When you take your beloved pet to the kennel, you can rest assured that there is very little chance it will acquire rabies from another animal during the stay.
Believe it or not, there is an anti-vaccine movement for pets . There are people (on the Internet, of course) who believe the rabies vaccine is harmful and unnecessary. Fortunately, the law is very clear, and it provides no accommodation for those who ascribe to an unscientific world view. The law does a very good job of protecting pets and people from irresponsible pet owners.
Unfortunately, the law is failing to protect our children.