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How to Move with Your Pet

Information about moving with your pet.

You do not have to give up your pet because you are moving. Moving is stressful even in the best of circumstances, so give yourself extra time to find a residence where pets are permitted. When talking to landlords, be honest and offer to introduce your pet to the landlord. Many property owners will allow well-behaved pets, particularly if the owner behaves responsibly. Providing your pet's veterinary records, graduation certificates from obedience classes, and references from past landlords can help to show a prospective landlord you are a responsible pet owner.

Create a Resume for Your Pet

Gather references and letters of recommendation from past landlords, your veterinarian, reputable groomers or trainers that know you pet, certificates from compete training programs and current licensing and vaccination records. Include a picture and basic information such as age, breed, and size. For more information on creating a pet resume, visit the Humane Society.

Prior to Moving Day

  • Make sure your pet is fitted with a collar and ID tag with your name and current phone number.
  • For long-distance moves, be sure to identify pet friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms ahead of time. Websites such as and Pet Friendly Hotels offer lists and searchable databases of pet friendly hotels.
  • On moving day, make sure your pets are secured in a crate or closed room of your house or apartment until you are ready to load them into your car. The activities and sounds of moving day will be frightening to your pets, so it is important that they be kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible and to prevent and accidental escape.
  • Always transport cats, small dogs and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. Keep larger dogs leashed and under control at all times. The stress of a move can cause even the most obedient dog to run away in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • For long-distance moves, make sure you give your pet potty breaks and fresh water whenever you stop for a break yourself. Make sure pets are leashed at all times during potty breaks.