How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself

Deliver Your Household Stress Free

Compare our rates to or from: any location in the world

  • Deliver Your Home Stress Free and Have Peace of Mind
  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured Carriers Near You
  • Award Winning Service, Always on Time

Trusted By:

House Moving Free Quote Calculator
How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself
How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself

Moving Your Pet(s) By Yourself

Animals have an inborn ability to understand their human keepers. Dogs, cats, horses, and others react whenever they sense signs of an attempt to move to another location. This happens whether you are traveling for a much-awaited vacation, out of convenience or necessity. Holidays come with happy expectations, meaning that there is motivation to pack your bags. Work or health-related relocations are a different thing altogether. Even with the challenges involved, you can still successfully move your pets.

While it would be ideal to have a professional move your pet, circumstances may make this impossible. Below are pointers on how to handle this task on your own:

Understand the regulations

Authorities at the borders, airports, seaports and within a country require that you vaccinate pets. Also, a veterinarian must examine the animal’s health and issue a certificate. These regulations vary from place to place. Your task here is twofold. First, is to acquaint yourself with local requirements. Second, find out what the law states in the new destination.

Ensure pet safety while on the move

As the person responsible for your pet’s security, you must take every precaution to keep him or her safe. A pet may get hurt while you are on the move.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Worse still, your companion could wander off during transit or after getting to the new home. Without proper identification, it would be difficult to trace the animal. Enhance your pet’s security by:

  • Using tags and chips: If it’s a dog, have the animal wear a collar that has an ID tag indicating your pet’s name, your name, phone number, address and destination. Microchips increase chances of finding your pet if it gets lost. If you acquired a pet from an animal shelter, pet store or breeder, it should have a chip.
  • Taking photos: Pictures will always come in handy when searching for a lost pet. Before setting out on a relocation journey, take a few pictures of your cat or dog. Take clear ones that you can later print whenever the need arises.
  • Buy a car leash or cage: For people traveling with a dog, a car leash keeps it harnessed to a seat. Dogs can get excited and try to jump out of the window. A strap prevents it from making such surprises. For cats, mice or rabbits put them in a cage made for that purpose.

Allocate responsibility

Pets can get edgy whenever they are anxious. However, with a family member watching over them, they settle down. Therefore, assign someone the task of taking care of the pet before you move, while in transit and on arrival to the new location. Work together with the person to ensure that you schedule stoppages while also maintaining a regular feeding schedule.

To succeed in moving pets by yourself requires careful planning. Be sure to apply the tips above as this will make the process that much easier for you. Ultimately, exercising extra care in minding your pet will see you get to your destination without a hitch.

Joe Webster
Written By:Joe Webster
Connect with Joe Webster on facebookConnect with Joe Webster on linkedin

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email me -

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an Instant Quote

Or Call Us Today and Speak to Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2021, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.