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 Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division
Ranger Hotline 800-241-4113
Nongame & Endangered
Wildlife Program 478-994-1438
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is composed of six divisions which carry out DNR’s mission to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. The website includes information about handling nuisance wildlife.
Columbia County Animal Services
1940 William Few Parkway
Grovetown, GA 30813 706-541-4077
Columbia County Animal Services is responsible for all animal service operations, including nuisance complaints, animal cruelty investigations, animal attacks, handling of rabid animals, dead animals, an animal adoption program and taking care of animals at the Columbia County shelter. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Columbia County Animal Services’ website.
Augusta Animal Services
4164 Mack Lane
Augusta, GA 30906 706-790-6836
Augusta Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include enforcement of animal ordinances and laws, humane euthanizing of sick animals, pet ownership education, and impound, stray and nuisance animals.
Veterinary services in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.
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.