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 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 communicate with you.
Your pet faces many new outside dangers such as coyotes, wolves and bobcats. Many people assume that these animals don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes and bobcats hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Wolves view dogs as competitors or territorial intruders and have attacked and killed them, especially in remote areas. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside. Another preventive measure is to install outdoor lighting so animals cannot approach the area unseen.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
2315 N. Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA 99216 509-892-1001
The WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, particularly since humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Spokane area specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region1.
Spokane County Regional Animal
6815 E. Trent Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99212 509-477-2532
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS, protects public safety and ensures animal welfare through compassionate, responsive, professional enforcement of laws and public policy. It is the official animal protection agency for Spokane County and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Liberty Lake and Cheney. Visit the SCRAPS website for more information about pet licensing, impounds, adoptions and more.
Veterinary services in Spokane County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. A great place to start looking is the Inland Empire — Veterinary Medical Society at www.ievma.org. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website www.wsvma.org.
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.