CARING FOR YOUR NEW PET

 

Now that you have made your choice on which animal you wish to adopt, please make sure that you really want this animal, and that you are willing to care or it properly, including vaccinations and veterinary care.

 

Below is a checklist of things to do to keep your new adopted pet healthy and happy:

 

BASIC EQUIPMENT NEEDS:

 

Food and water bowls

Should be unbreakable and shaped so that they cannot tip over.†

Stainless steel, aluminum or ceramic are good choices.†

Plastics can be chewed up and swallowed.

 

Collar

Should be of webbed nylon or soft leather.†

It should fit loosely enough to move freely around your petís neck,

yet snug enough not to slip over its head.†

You should be able to get two finders under it.†

Be sure to adjust as your pet grows.

 

Leash

Should be made of webbed nylon or sturdy leather with secure clasp.†

Six feet is the best length for training and walking your pet.

 

Bed

Should be warm, dry and comfortable.

 

Toys

Large rawhide chips, hard nylon chews and rubber balls are good choices for dogs.† Ping-pong balls and cardboard paper tubes are popular choices for cats.† Make sure that toys are safe.† Avoid toys with attached parts that can be torn off and swallowed.

 

Take your pet to a veterinarian and talk with them about your petís care.

 

Law requires a rabies vaccination but other vaccinations & worming are needed to keep your pet healthy.

 

Our staff strongly suggests that when your pet is old enough it be spayed or neutered.†

 

This keeps down the number of unwanted pets.

 

See that your dog is wearing both its rabies and county tax tags.† This is the law and also serves as identification in the event your dog becomes lost.†

 

Cats are not required to wear the rabies tag.† However, you are required to provide proof of vaccination, if needed.

 

See that your pet is a good neighbor by not allowing him to:

 

(a) roam the neighborhood

(b) bark excessively or soil your neighbors shrubbery or lawn, or tear up flowers and landscaping

(c) chase cars, bicycles or people

(d) frighten or bite postman, meter reader or other service people

(f) lunge at or jump on passers-by.

 

Have fun with your new pet and remember that it needs training and discipline along with plenty of tender love and care.

Public Shelter Hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday and 9:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays

Animal Control Phone Calls: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday and 9:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays

Stokes County

Animal Control†

1999 Sizemore Road Germanton, North Carolina 27019

E-Mail: animalshelter@co.stokes.nc.us Phone : (336) 994-2788Fax : (336) 994-4236

Ben Hooker - Animal Control Officer †††††††††††††††Jaime Henry - Animal Control Officer †††††††††††††††Lauren Speaks - Animal Shelter Administrator

KEVIN WEBSTER - CHIEF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Text Box: County Animal Ordinance

Amended: 2/8/2016

Amended: 2/8/2016