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.
Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out, gently; if the mouth breaks off and remains in the skin, use the tweezers to remove it as well. After removing the tick, use antiseptic on the bite site and wash your hands thoroughly.
Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page to learn how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Pests.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Puget Sound Region
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek, WA 98012
The WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, particularly since humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region4.
Kitsap Humane Society
9167 Dickey Road NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Animal control in Kitsap County is a division of the Kitsap Humane Society, an independent nonprofit committed to providing positive life-changing solutions to people and animals in need. The humane society shelters and rehabilitates companion animals in need, provides adoption and education services, and offers licensing, low-cost spay/neuter and microchip services. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Kitsap Humane Society’s website.
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.
Veterinary services in Kitsap County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website https://wsvma.org.