Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet may face new outside dangers, including wild animals that may not only damage your home but also introduce diseases and parasites into your home. In Kent County, these animals typically include raccoons, bats, skunks, voles, rats, gophers, beavers, armadillos, opossums, feral cats, porcupines and more. Keep animals on a leash in wooded areas, and contact professional animal control officers to help remove any threatening wildlife.
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Mosquito Control 302-739-9917
The division manages and conserves the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Visit the website for info on education and training as well as license and permit information.
Delaware Humane Association
701 A St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
The Delaware Humane Association is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter and adoption center. The association offers affordable spay and neuter services, low-cost vaccination clinics and a pet food pantry.
Dover Animal Control
The Dover Police Department employs a full-time animal control officer who is responsible for animal complaints within the city.
First State Animal Center and SPCA
32 Shelter Circle
Camden, DE 19934
The First State Animal Center and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides care for homeless animals. Other services include pet adoptions, low-cost vaccination clinics, cruelty investigations, an emergency pet food pantry and dog obedience classes.
Veterinary services in Kent County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory of this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to start looking is the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association website at www.devma.org.