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 may face many new outside dangers, such as black bears; sick or injured deer; a variety of snakes, including poisonous copperheads and rattlesnakes; and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground.
Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Services
Tawes State Office Building E-1
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Wild animal issues 877-463-6497
Wildlife & Heritage Services, a division of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, conserves the state’s diverse native wildlife, plants and the natural communities that support them, using scientific expertise and informed public input. The website offers information about dealing with invasive wildlife, hunting and trapping licenses and calendars, how to become an outdoorswoman and more.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control
411 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108
Anne Arundel County Animal Control provides a variety of services, including low-cost spay and neuter clinics; investigation of animal neglect and cruelty; enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws; and issuance of rabies registration tags. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Anne Arundel County Animal Control website.
Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Howard County Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include animal control, spay and neuter programs, and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws.
Veterinary services in Anne Arundel and Howard counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association website, www.mdvma.org.