Moving and Pet Friendly

Moving: How to Move Your Pet Safely

If you and your pet are getting ready to move, follow these recommendations to keep your companion safe on moving day:

  • Plan ahead. Advance planning will make your move less stressful on you and your pet. Pack over a period of time, and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine.
  • Invest in a high-quality, sturdy pet carrier. If you have a dog or cat whom you want to keep safely confined on moving day, get a carrier ahead of time and gradually accustom your pet to spending time in it.
  • Purchase a new ID tag for your pet. As soon as you know your new address, get a pet ID tag that includes your new address and telephone number(s). Or, obtain some other visible form of pet identification such as a collar with ID information imprinted on it or an identification band that attaches to the collar but does not dangle like a traditional tag. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.
  • Keep your pet secure. On moving day, place your pet (whether in the carrier or not) in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom, so that he or she cannot escape. Place a large sign on the door that says, DO NOT ENTER, and be sure that friends and professional movers are aware that the room is off-limits.
  • Make your car trip safe. If you’re traveling by car and your dog enjoys car travel, you may want to accustom him to a restraining harness. Because most cats aren’t comfortable traveling in cars, it’s best (for their safety as well as yours) to transport them in a well-ventilated and securely placed carrier. Never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle during warm weather as the temperature rises quickly and can injure or kill them. In any season, a pet in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to being harmed or stolen. Never put an animal in the trunk of a car, the open bed of a pickup truck, or the storage area of a moving van.
  • Talk to your veterinarian. If your pet doesn’t enjoy car rides, consult your veterinarian about behavior modification or medication that might lessen the stress of travel. Depending on your destination, your pet may also need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates.
  • Find hotels in advance. Listings of pet-friendly hotels will help you find overnight lodging during your move. For example, Motel 6, Red Roof Inns, and Studio 6 properties all accept pets. Our online information on Finding Pet-Friendly Hotel Accommodations will point you toward some useful resources and get your planning on track.
  • Plan ahead for air travel. Check with your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the airline if your pet will be flying. Also be sure to check out our online tips for traveling with your companion animal. You will need to take precautions to ensure your pet’s safety, so give yourself ample time to work out all the arrangements.
  • Prepare your new home. Take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and health records. Also have on hand a recent photo of your pet, for use if your pet becomes lost.

from the Humane Society of the United States’ Moving: How to Move Your Pet Safely

Find Pet Friendly Hotel Accomodations

There are thousands of hotels, motels, and inns across the United States that accept guests with pets. Most hotels set their own policies, so it is important to call ahead and ask if pets are permitted and if there is a size limit and/or extra charge.
The following publications, available at most bookstores, provide listings of pet-friendly lodging:

  • Fodor’s Road Guide USA: Where to Stay With Your Pet by Arden, Andrea and Emmanuelle Morgan
  • Traveling With Your Pet—The AAA PetBook by Automobile Association of America
  • Vacationing With Your Pet by Eileen Barish
  • Pets Welcome by Kathleen and Robert Fish
  • The Portable petswelcome.com: The Complete Guide to Traveling with Your Pet by Fred N. Grayson and Chris Kingsley
  • Pets on the Go: The Definitive Pet Accommodation and Vacation Guide by Dawn and Robert Habgood
  • DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide by Tara Kain
  • DogFriendly.com’s California and Nevada Dog Travel Guide by Tara Kain
  • The Pet Travel and Fun Authority of Best-of-State Places to Play, Stay & Have Fun Along the Way by M.E. Nelson

Check out the following Web sites for additional information on pet-friendly accommodations:

As you and your pet head off together, it’s important for you to do your part to ensure that dogs and cats will continue to be welcomed as traveling companions. Obey local animal control ordinances, keep your animal under control at all times, and be thoughtful and courteous to other travelers.

adapted from information published by the Humane Society of the United States and from local resources

Find Pet-Friendly Rental Housing

http://www.zillow.com/miami-fl/apartments/ Zillow Miami apartment rental page with pet-friendly filters and over 1,300 listings with fair rental price estimates
http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Miami,FL/ Trulia Miami apartment rental page with pet-friendly filters and over 6,000 listings with in-depth neighborhood information
http://www.zillow.com/fl/pet-friendly/ Zillow Florida pet-friendly page with over 9,000 pet-friendly listings

adapted from information published by the Humane Society of the United States and from local resources

Back to Top