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.
Your pet may face many outside dangers in Georgia, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, bears, beavers, coyotes, rats, raccoons, foxes and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.
The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
Ranger Hotline 800-241-4113
The Wildlife Resources Division is one of six divisions of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This division is tasked with conserving, enhancing and promoting the state’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. Visit the division’s website for information on hunting, fishing and state wildlife.
Houston County Animal Control
200 Carl Vinson Parkway
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-542-2033
Houston County Animal Control strives to protect the health and safety of its residents, ensure humane treatment of animals, and promote responsible pet ownership through the enforcement of all state laws and county ordinances. Animal control officers are responsible for investigating animal cruelty, animal nuisance complaints and animal bites as mandated by Georgia law.
Humane Society of Houston County
810 Carl Vinson Parkway
Centerville, GA 31028 478-599-0211
The Humane Society of Houston County serves the Houston County area, including Warner Robins, Perry, Centerville, Bonaire and Kathleen. For information on pet adoption, visit the society’s website.
Perry Animal Services
Animal Control 478-542-2000
Animal Shelter 478-988-2888/338-0199
The Perry Police Department’s Animal Control Section manages and protects Perry’s animal population.
The Perry Animal Shelter is behind Perry’s maintenance facility at the intersection of Ball Street and Tucker Road, next to Tolleson Lumber Co. The shelter provides lost and found information, animal care education and pet adoption services.
Warner Robins Animal Services
208 Stalnaker Ave.
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-929-7290
The Animal Control Division enforces laws and city ordinances pertaining to animal control and care, provides housing and care for impounded animals, finds homes for adoptable animals, educates the public on responsible pet ownership and humanely euthanizes unwanted animals. The facility is licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information on pet adoption, visit the animal control website.
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 Houston County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for finding a veterinarian is the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association website at https://gvma.memberclicks.net/find-a-vet#.