Tips for Moving Your Pet
Maricopa County Animal Shelter,
As a devoted family member, I’d
like to move with you, not end up in the animal shelter where I might not
find a new home, in spite of their best efforts. Not everyone wants an older
dog or cat, even though we make good house pets. So the nice people at the
shelter prepared this handout to help you make our move smooth and easy.
Call motel chains in advance to see which ones take pets. Many do for
overnight stays. AAA can also help you plan your trip.
Get me used to the car.
If I’m not used to the car, start driving me around for a few
minutes every day. Once the big day comes, I should be just fine. If it
looks like I might have motion sickness, ask my vet. She can give you
medication that will help me.
Make sure I have on tags with temporary ID so if I get lost, I can be
returned to you. Also, make sure my rabies shots are up to date before
Food and Water
feed me for several hours before we leave. A full tummy might make me sick,
but bring my dish and make sure I have plenty of water.
Almost all rest areas on major highways have designated sections for
dog walking. I have to be leashed so don’t forget to bring one.
Bring my toys or my blanket so I have something that smells familiar.
This will make me feel safe while I am riding in the car.
If I have a microchip, remember to call the microchip company to
change our phone number and address.
The new house
It might be hectic for a few days while the furniture is delivered
and the utilities are turned on. If we don’t have family or friends in our
new city, call ahead and put me in a boarding kennel for a few days. This
will be less stressful for us both.
If we have to fly to our new location, I can still come with you.
Call the airline and find out what special requirements they have to fly
with a pet. Each one is different. I will need a crate large enough for me
to stand up in. You can buy these crates in any pet supply store. Try to
avoid connecting flights because that gives the airlines more chances to
lose me. Try to fly at night if we move in the summer because it will be
cooler then. Remember, we pets have to fly in the baggage compartment, which
does not receive cool air until the plane takes off. Small dogs and cats can
travel with you in the plane if our crates fit under the seat. Airlines also
require that we be current on our shots.
If you can’t take me, I will miss you. Try to find me a good home
on your own. Ask our family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and
people who you go to church/temple with. The shelter should be the last
place you take me.