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 California your pet faces many new outside dangers, such as the coyote and mountain lion. Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes generally hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Mountain lions have typically hunted deer, but as more people are moving into mountain lion territory, mountain lions have started hunting other animals. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the state’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources as well as the habitats upon which they depend. The website offers tips about living with many of the wildlife species across the state and information about hunting and fishing licenses.
Kings County Animal Services
10909 Bonneyview Lane Hanford, CA 93232............559-852-2525
Kings County Animal Services provides a variety of services, including low-cost spay and neuter information, enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws, microchips, vaccinations and emergency services. For more information, visit the Kings County Animal Services website.
Fresno County Rabies and Animal Control Program
1221 Fulton St., Third Floor Fresno, CA 93721.........559-600-3357
The Fresno County Rabies and Animal Control Program is responsible for dog licensing and responds and investigates multiple litter issues, animal bite reports and animal waste complaints.
Veterinary services in Kings and Fresno counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the California Veterinary Medical Association website https://cvma.net.
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.