DOH-Seminole Reminds Residents To Avoid Contact With Wild And Stray Animals

SANFORD – The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) urge residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals to prevent rabies exposure.

Remember these tips to protect yourself, family members, and pets:

  • Keep pets under direct supervision and on a leash, and keep livestock secured on your property. If an animal bites your pet or livestock, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Seminole County Animal Services at 407-665-5201.
  • Avoid contact with wild or stray animals. Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract them with outdoor pet food, open garbage cans, or other sources of food. If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild or domestic animal, seek medical attention, and report the
    injury to DOH-Seminole by calling 407-665-3243.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home; instead contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. Contact Seminole County Animal Services at 407-665-5201.
  • Immunize your pets and livestock based on your veterinarian’s recommended schedule.
  • Prevent wildlife, including bats, from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.

For more information on rabies, please visit or contact DOH-Seminole at 407-665-3243.