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.
New Jersey is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, with hundreds of species of animal wildlife. Its many ecosystems, from pine forests to coastal marine areas, provide ample habitat for critters — not all of them friendly. Your pet may face many new outside dangers, among them raccoons, possums, skunks, snakes, bats and even bears. To reduce the chance of encounters at home, keep rabbits and cats inside, and if dogs or cats are fed outside, do so only during the day and remove uneaten food immediately. Whether camping or just around your home’s trash bins, food items can attract black bears, raccoons and coyotes. Put food scraps in secure compost or trash containers. It is illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. When hiking, stay on established trails, make noise to alert animals to your presence and keep your pet on a leash at all times.
New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
- Wildlife Control 609-259-7955
- Mosquito Control 609-292-3649
The division manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with the more than 800 species across the state.
Burlington County Animal Shelter
County Facilities Complex
35 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060 609-265-5073
The Burlington County Animal Shelter serves as the rabies control point for the 40 municipalities of Burlington County, operating within the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Burlington County Health Department. The county-supported facility shelters stray dogs, cats and other small animals under a no-kill philosophy, providing low-cost adoptions, microchipping and other services. Check the website for details about fees and other information.
Toms River Animal Control and Services
255 Oak Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-341-1000, ext. 7300
This department operates the municipal shelter serving Toms River Township. The facility provides care for pets awaiting adoption and offers low-cost spay and neutering services. For available pets and more information, including fees, visit the department’s website.
Veterinary services in Burlington and Ocean counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. A good place to start looking is the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, which allows you to “Find a Veterinarian” at http://njvma.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.