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 faces new outside dangers in Alabama, such as alligators and snakes. Six species of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads, pose a danger for a dog in wooded and watery areas. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose another threat. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.
Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Outdoor Alabama 334-242-3469
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advises the governor and Legislature on management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. The Department has four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The department provides a variety of programs, activities and opportunities to help Alabama residents enjoy the outdoors.
Madison County Animal Control
100 Hughes Road
Madison, AL 35758 256-722-7190
Animal shelter 256-722-5694
Madison Animal Control is part of the Madison Police Department and is responsible for protecting the residents and domesticated animals of Madison. The agency website includes links for how to adopt a pet, how to license your pet, how to report a barking dog and how to report animal abuse or a lost animal. If you encounter problems with a wild animal, call 256-721-1838 or 256-462-1350.
Huntsville Animal Services
4950 Triana Blvd. SW
Huntsville, AL 35805 256-883-3782
Huntsville 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. To volunteer at the shelter, call 256-883-3794.
Morgan County Animal Control
1314 Industrial Drive SE
Hartselle, AL 35640 256-773-2934
Morgan County Animal Control runs the animal shelter for the county and is responsible for complaints concerning dogs and cats, from picking up strays to dog bites, abuse and injured animals.
The animal shelter takes all dogs and cats from Morgan County at no charge (none are accepted from Decatur, which has its own animal services department). The shelter has an adoption area and a kitten play room furnished with climbing stands and toys.
Decatur Animal Services
300A Beltline Road SW
Decatur, AL 35601 256-341-4790
Decatur Animal Services is a municipal animal shelter responsible for cruelty investigations and enforcing animal ordinances; programs include adoptions, education, volunteerism and rescue.
Its mission is to improve the bond between humans and animals and to promote humane treatment of animals and respect for life. The agency receives domestic pets such as dogs and cats from residents of Decatur. For assistance with animal issues outside Decatur, contact Morgan County Animal Control at 256-773-2934.
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 Madison and Morgan counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. In Madison County, a place to start looking is the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association at www.fb.com/madisoncountyvma. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association’s website, www.alvma.com.