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.
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.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- 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 faces many new outside dangers in Louisiana, including snakes and alligators. Six species of venomous snakes — including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads — pose a real danger. So, keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose the biggest threat to dogs as they closely resemble alligators’ natural prey. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are eating.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Minden Field Office
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ manages and protects the state’s abundant natural resources. For information on nuisance wildlife and fishing, hunting and boating regulations, visit the department’s website.
Bossier City Animal Control
3217 Old Shed Road
Bossier City, LA 71171
Bossier City provides an animal shelter, adoption programs, licensing and more.
Caddo Parish Animal Services
1500 Monty St.
Shreveport, LA 71107
Caddo Parish Animal Services protects residents of Caddo Parish from dangerous, nuisance and uncontrollable animals while ensuring the protection of animals. The department responds to about 13,000 citizen requests each year. The department also provides pet adoptions and rescues injured animals.
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 Shreveport-Bossier City are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to look is the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association website, https://lvma.org.