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 and Natural Resources
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is responsible for the management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. The website offers tips about living with Alabama’s wildlife, as well as information on hunting, fishing and boating in the state.
Montgomery Humane Society
1150 John Overton Drive
Montgomery, AL 36110
The Montgomery Humane Society operates an animal shelter for homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals; facilitates adoptions for healthy animals; investigates cruelty and abuse cases; and educates the public in responsible animal ownership. Contact the society for information about adoptable pets, spay and neuter services, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.
Veterinary services in Montgomery County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association website, www.alvma.com.
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.