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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 chip’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.

In New York, your pet faces many new outside dangers, among them raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and even bears. Most of these animals will steer clear of humans but might attack your pet if you’re not standing close by. Three species of venomous snakes — timber rattlesnake, the massasauga (erroneously called pygmy rattler) and the copperhead — pose another danger, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Also, ticks can be a real problem in wooded and grassland areas. Make sure to inspect your pet for ticks and safely remove them. Run your hands over your dog’s body when you get back from a walk to check for any lumps or bumps. You are most likely to come across ticks between spring and autumn, but they are active throughout the year. Twisting the ticks off your dog is the best removal method, and pet shops sell handy tick-removal devices to make this easier. Ask your vet for advice.

Animal Services

Middletown Animal Control

16 James St.
Middletown, NY 10940

Middletown Animal Control captures and transports stray and lost dogs to the Middletown Humane Society and also assists residents with animal-related calls. In conjunction with the humane society, Middletown Animal Control offers low-cost rabies clinics and information for low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats. All dogs must have a New York State license, which is available through local municipalities.

Middletown Humane Society

142 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY 10940

The Middletown Humane Society is a low-/no-kill, privately run animal shelter in Middletown, serving the city as well as surrounding communities.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Orange County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. To find out if a veterinary hospital is accredited, visit the New York State Veterinary Medical Society’s website, www.nysvms.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.

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