Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet faces many new outside dangers in the area, including snakes and alligators. Four species of venomous snakes — rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads — pose a real danger. So keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose the biggest threat to dogs as they closely resemble alligators’ natural prey. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are eating.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Hunting and Fishing Licenses 919-707-0391
Wildlife Violations 800-662-7137
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 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 on conservation and information regarding sustaining North Carolina’s wildlife habitats.
Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center
1639 Old Airport Road
New Bern, NC 28562 252-637-4606
Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center provides a variety of services, including assistance with adoptions, animal surrenders, lost and found animal reporting, and spay/neuter education. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center website.
Veterinary services in Craven County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.