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.
Your pet may face many outside dangers in South Carolina, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, beavers, coyotes, moles, raccoons, skunks, wild pigs, woodchucks and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters. The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is the principal advocate for and steward of the state’s natural resources. The department’s website has information on boating, fishing and hunting in the state. The website also offers tips about living with local wildlife.
Charleston County Animal Services
3691 Leeds Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
The county’s animal control deputies are specially trained to handle situations involving domestic animals. This includes the removal of stray domestic animals that are unleashed (in or near roadways) and the transportation of injured domestic animals to the emergency veterinarian for treatment (when the animal’s owner cannot be located). Deputies also conduct investigations relating to neglected or abused animals. Deputies have the power to enforce both local ordinances and state laws related to violations concerning domestic animals.
Berkeley County Animal Services
1003 Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Berkeley County’s animal control department responds to animal bites, injured animals or aggressive animals. Other services include general animal control and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws. The county’s animal shelter provides a healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused or neglected animals of Berkeley County.
Dorchester County Animal Services
500 N. Main St.
Summerville, SC 29483
The county’s animal control department is responsible for conducting investigations and enforcing county ordinances related to the regulation of animals and animal owners. Animals without identification are transported to Dorchester Paws, the county’s animal shelter. Visit https://dorchesterpaws.org for more information.
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 Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians website at www.scav.org.