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 New Mexico, your pet may face new outside dangers, such as venomous coral snakes and rattlesnakes. Coral snakes have red, yellow and black bands. They are often confused with the milk snake, which is not venomous. A simple rhyme about the two reptiles’ coloring can help you tell the difference: “Red touch black, poison lack; red touch yellow, kill a fellow.” Rattlesnakes are generally 2.5 to 4.5 feet long, have triangular-shaped heads and rattle their tails if they feel threatened. Keep your dog on a short leash outside, and stick to walking in cleared areas with good visibility.
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
General information 888-248-6866
Depredation hotline 888-727-4883
The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish’s mission is to provide and maintain an adequate supply of wildlife and fish in New Mexico. The website provides information on hunting and fishing regulations, as well as information on native wildlife species.
Clovis Animal Services
2203 E. Brady Ave.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-769-7893
The Clovis Police Department maintains an animal control team. This team enforces the city’s animal ordinances, patrols the city for stray animals and responds to calls about sick and injured animals.
The city of Clovis requires all dogs and cats to be licensed. The license is free, but the owner must provide proof of rabies vaccination. Licenses are available at the Clovis Animal Shelter and at the police department’s records unit. Owners of unlicensed pets are subject to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
For more information on the city’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the website.
High Plains Humane Society
The High Plains Humane Society, a nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect, consists of volunteers who work hard in the community to raise money to fund a low-cost spay and neuter program. It has veterinarians, veterinary technicians and a full staff to provide quality care. Its services benefit those people who live below the poverty level, are disabled, elderly or unemployed, or work for minimum wage. Additionally, the service people at Cannon AFB may qualify for this program.
Portales Animal Services
1700 N. Boston Ave.
Portales, NM 88130 575-356-4404
The Portales Police Department provides full-service animal control to all residents within the city limits. Animal control officers attend state certification classes and are trained to handle calls for domestic animals or wildlife.
All dogs and cats kept within the city limits must get a Portales city license. This license can be picked up at the animal shelter for a small fee. Owners should bring proof of vaccination for their pets.
Visit the website for information on pet adoption at the city’s animal shelter.
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.
Veterinary services in Curry and Roosevelt counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Begin your search with the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association website, www.nmvma.org.