Courtesy of Atlas Van Lines
At Atlas, we want to make the transition to a new home as smooth as possible for every member of your family, including your family pet.
All pets require special attention and consideration when moving, and the essential ingredient to your pet’s stress-free move is preplanning. The following information outlines the points to consider when relocating with your pet. If you have other questions, please consult your Atlas Agency Sales Representative.
Before You Move
Contact the State Veterinarian’s Office or State Department of Agriculture requesting the pet laws and regulations of your destination state.
If you have a wolf, monkey, big cat, or any other large exotic animal, you will likely need a special permit to keep it. The state agencies listed at the end of this page can help answer your questions.
After complying with the state regulations, check with the City Clerk’s office in your new community for local pet ordinances. “Leash Laws” are common, licensing may be necessary, and the number of pets per household may be limited. Many communities have zoning laws that prohibit you from keeping pets such as goats, pigs and chickens in residential areas. Also, cats, dogs, aquariums and exotic pets (iguanas, venomous snakes, tarantulas, ferrets, etc.) may not be allowed in apartment or condo complexes. Make sure your lease allows them on the premises before you move in.
Once you are sure your pet will be allowed in your new community and/or complex, request your pet’s health records from your veterinarian. This information will help your new veterinarian provide better care for your pet.
Before your departure, make sure you have a recent photograph of your pet (in case the animal is lost), and the proper pet documents, such as:
- A Health Certificate less than 10 days old. Most states require one for dogs. Many states require one for cats, birds, and certain exotic animals as well. Check with your veterinarian or one of the state animal-control agencies listed in the back to determine if your pet requires a Health Certificate. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian, and current inoculation records must accompany it.
- A Permit. You may need to purchase a permit allowing your exotic pet to enter the destination state. Your veterinarian may assist you in applying for one.
- Identification. Whether you are traveling by air or car, any pet that can wear a collar should have one on, with an ID tag secured to it. Birds may be identified by leg bands. The ID tag should include the pet’s name, your name, and the destination address. In addition to ID, most states require dogs, cats and some exotic animals to have a rabies tag on their collars. Check with your veterinarian or one of the state animal-control agencies listed in the back.
Read more about How To Move Your Pets on the Atlas Van Lines web site.
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