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.
In Texas, your pet faces many outside dangers, among them venomous snakes, coyotes, bobcats, ticks, spiders, insects, poisonous plants and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wilderness areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Another hazard to pets is Texas’ extreme weather. If you must keep your dog outside in the summer with no doggy door to an air-conditioned home, make sure to provide plenty of water in a shady area. Never leave a dog inside a parked vehicle. Have a waterproof covered shelter that a dog may retreat to in the event of a rainstorm. The shelter should be large enough for the dog to stand in without their head touching the top and should be long enough to allow the dog to lie down comfortably. It also should be raised an inch or two off the ground so it does not sit in water.
Animal Services in San Antonio and Del Rio
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road Austin, TX 78744.........................512-389-4800
The Wildlife Division’s mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. To accomplish this mission, Division personnel annually conduct about 4,000 wildlife population surveys; provide recommendations concerning the management of about 1,200 vertebrate wildlife species; conduct about a dozen wildlife research studies; manage 50 wildlife management areas totaling 744,000 acres; hold public hunts on more than 230 tracts of land totaling more than 1.4 million acres; provide landowner incentives to manage for rare species; and inform the public about wildlife in general.
City of San Antonio Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151 San Antonio, TX 78227................210-207-4738
Animal Care Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include animal control, spay and neuter programs, microchipping, low-cost vaccinations and other resources for pet owners. Detailed information on licensing, permits and fees as well as local ordinances is available on the ACS website.
San Antonio Humane Society
4804 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229...............210-226-7461
The Human Society provides adoption, low-cost spay/neuter services, microchipping, dog-training classes and a wellness clinic.
Del Rio Animal Care and Control
109 W. Broadway Del Rio, TX 78840..................................830-774-8558
Healthy, unaggressive animals whose owners fail to reclaim them are put up for adoption. The city limits each household in Del Rio to four domestic pets.
Del Rio Animal Shelter
207 Ogden Del Rio, TX 78840............................................830-422-2522
The nonprofit Friends of Del Rio Animals helps shelter animals by volunteering and with fundraising and adoptions. The organization is in temporary quarters; call for an appointment.
A Pets Wish Rescue
P.O. Box 421551 Del Rio, TX 78842...................................830-313-8799
A Pets Wish Rescue is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs and cats, from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians and boarding facilities, the nonprofit is able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes.
Veterinary services in San Antonio are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source to find a veterinarian, clinic or hospital is the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County’s website, www.vmabc.org/search-quick.php. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Texas Veterinary Medical Association website at https://tvma.azurewebsites.net.
Del Rio has three veterinary clinics, though some residents take their pets across the border for treatment in Del Rio’s sister city of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.
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.