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 many new outside hazards in the area, including snakes and alligators. Venomous rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads pose real dangers, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators are the biggest threat to dogs and they live wherever there is water, so don’t let your dog walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are feeding.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Hunting and fishing licenses 888-248-6834
Wildlife help line 866-318-2401
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission conserves the state’s wildlife resources and habitats and provides programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation. The website offers tips on living with many of the species across the state.
Onslow County Animal Services
244 Georgetown Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-455-0182
Onslow County Animal Services provides humane sheltering, care, adoption and redemption of stray and surrendered animals. It also enforces state and local laws related to animal control and educates the public on responsible pet ownership. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Onslow County Animal Services’ 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 Onslow County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association website www.ciclt.net/sn/clt/ncvma