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 outside dangers in Georgia, such as venomous snakes, 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 that carry out DNR’s overall mission of sustaining, enhancing, protecting and conserving Georgia’s natural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is specifically 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.
Chatham County Animal Services
7211 Sallie Mood Drive
Savannah, GA 31406 912-351-6750
Chatham County Animal Services include investigation of animal neglect and cruelty; enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws; removal of animal remains; and education on responsible pet ownership. For more information on the county’s pet adoption and foster program, visit the Chatham County Animal Services’ website.
Liberty County Animal Control
279 Briarwood Circle
Hinesville, GA 31313 912-876-9191
Liberty County Animal Control provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include animal control, rehoming, spay and neuter programs, and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws.
Veterinary services in Hinesville and Savannah are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.