Hiring a Pet Mover

Yes, there are special transportation services for pets. Check the phonebook in larger metro areas. A pet transportation service will make all the arrangements and handle all the details of moving your pet from one home to another.

Check with several animal transporters if more than one is available in your area. Services may vary from basic to full-service. Some will schedule all arrangements, pick up your pet at your home, provide whatever travel container is necessary, and deliver your friend to your new address after you arrive. Others will meet you at the airport, with your crate or other shipping container, and hand your pet over to you when it deplanes.

Your mover can probably recommend a reputable service. You may want to visit the service's facility and talk with several members of the staff before turning over responsibility for a family member.

Here are some Smart Mover questions to ask a pet transportation service:

  • How will my pet be restrained?

  • How long will the trip take?

  • Where will they be wjhile traveling?

  • What food and water will be available?

  • Who will handle my pet?

  • How much experience do you have?

  • Will my pet be around other animals?

  • Do you require health certificates for every animal?

  • How much do you charge?

After all your questions are answered and you feel reassured that your pet will receive VIP service, you can attend to other details of your move.

 
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