Getting your pet to your new home is going to come with all sorts of challenges. Some pets are easier than others to work with, but it’s definitely possible to work out if you’re willing to do so. In some cases, you may be looking at bringing them with you; in others, you may want to ship them.
As you start looking at long distance and local moving companies that you’re considering for your move, you want to be sure that you start working out the necessary details for your pets, as well. In this guide, we’re going to help you explore the options available if you’re looking to get your pet to your new place.
Boarders and Pet-Sitters
So, you have a local move and you want to be certain that your pet isn’t underfoot or that they don’t get lost while you’re trying to take care of everything on moving day. In that case, it may be a good idea to take them to a boarder, a daycare, or a pet-sitter for the designated time.
Not only does this make it so that your pet is safe and you don’t need to worry about where they are, but it allows them to have a little bit of fun as well. You don’t have to be concerned that they’re going to get out of the door while the movers are going in and out, and you can just go get them when the move is completed.
Friends and Family
If you have friends and family that want to help you with your move, see if you can enlist them to give you a hand with your pets. Family members and friends that may not have the physical ability to help with the heavy lifting may be able to keep Sparky entertained while you’re trying to accomplish things.
Or, if your pet is familiar with them, they may be able to do the same thing that a boarder or doggy daycare would do. Your friend or family member could keep them at their house for the day, and then you can go get them when you’ve completely finished what needs to be done with your local move.
How to Take Your Pet With You on a Long-Distance Move
If you’re taking your pet with you on a long-distance move, then you want to be sure that you’re doing all that you can in order to stay ahead of issues. Make sure that they have a designated area and that you do everything possible to ensure that they are going to be comfortable.
Schedule time for you and your family to stop when you’re on your trip. Take your pet outside (if they are the type of pet that would do so) and be sure to feed them and keep them on a pretty consistent schedule. You don’t want to try and drive all of the way through with a pet, unless it’s something like a fish or reptile that is self-contained. Follow state and local laws when you stop places, too.
Several major airlines have a number of options available when it comes to getting your pet from point A to point B. While there is, often, a lot of paperwork involved in the process, it typically costs only a little bit more than going through with the shipping process in any other fashion.
There are also a number of pet shipping companies that use the air to be able to get your pets where they need to go. These can be costly, but if you want to guarantee that your pet is being taken care of as they should and you want them to get to you ASAP, then a direct flight may be the best way to ensure that it happens.
There are a number of shipping companies that will actually ship your pet via using a ground service like UPS or FedEx. Now, granted, these ground shipping services are best for reptiles and other animals that are easy to contain for extended periods of time.
There are also a handful of companies that focus on getting animals transported to their new homes in humane ways. These organizations have all sorts of resources for doing so, and you can typically ensure that things are done properly because of who’s involved. Research what’s out there and see which is best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I put my pet in the moving van?
It’s both for the safety of your pet and the safety of your movers. Typically, moving companies will not allow anything live to be in the moving van, even if it’s a plant. This prevents them from dealing with any sort of liability issues that would otherwise occur and it makes you a lot less worried on the trip, too.
Should I rehome my pet if I’m doing a long-distance move?
It depends on your situation. In some cases, it may be in the best interest of you and your pet if the pet gets rehomed. If you’re moving to a place (municipality or rental property) that doesn’t allow your type of pet, that may also be a consideration. But, if you can help it, it’s in your best interest (and the best interest of your pet) that they are not rehomed unless absolutely necessary.
Can all pets travel safely?
If you’re willing to put the time and effort into the process of loading them up, most pets can travel relatively safely. You just need to be sure that you have things sorted out in the way that they should be and that you have any and all paperwork that may be necessary.
Loading Up Your Pets
Taking care of your pet is essential, and you want to be certain that you take your time and work out the details as soon as you know where you’re headed. It can be a bit of work to figure out what is necessary for them and you, but with some planning, it’s sure to go smoothly.