Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
In California your pet faces many new outside dangers, such as the coyote and mountain lion. Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes generally hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Mountain lions have typically hunted deer, but as more people are moving into mountain lion territory, mountain lions have started hunting other animals. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regional Office 916-358-2900
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the state’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources as well as the habitats upon which they depend. The website offers tips about living with many of the wildlife species across the state and information about hunting and fishing licenses.
Yuba County Animal Care Services
5245 Feather River Blvd.
Olivehurst, CA 95961 530-741-6478
Animal Care Services, a division of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, cares for lost, injured and abandoned animals in the community; investigates animal neglect and cruelty; administers low-cost spay and neuter programs; co-sponsors low-cost vaccination clinics; investigates dog bite complaints; and helps with other animal-related matters. The division serves the unincorporated areas of Yuba County. It does not provide field services to the City of Wheatland, City of Marysville or Beale Air Force Base; however it does provide licensing services for the City of Wheatland.
There is no animal control division in Marysville or Wheatland. Contact the Marysville Police Department at 530-749-3900 for dead, injured or aggressive animals. Contact the Wheatland Police Department at 530-633-2821 for stray animal concerns. See the Our Military at Beale Air Force Base chapter on Page 10 for information about pet registration on the base. Call the Security Forces Squadron at 530-634-2131 for dangerous animal concerns.
For more information on Yuba County’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Animal Care Services website.
Veterinary services in Yuba County and the surrounding area are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the California Veterinary Medical Association website https://cvma.net.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.