Pets are a part of our family, and we want to keep them safe and comfortable when they’re traveling. Many things can be checked to best ensure a safe transport with, or for your pet. First and foremost, ensure your pets are adequately tagged for identification purposes; microchip preferred, collar with an ID tag suffices. Make sure to consult with a veterinarian to discuss your pet’s unique medical history, medicinal needs, and behaviors. How your animal reacts when traveling and interacting with the vet should be a good indicator of how they may behave when being transported. Try to know how your pet will react in a new situation with a stranger and be prepared to tailor your move around this.
Time is our most precious commodity and neither you, nor your pets, want to waste any so your time investment is something you’re going to consider when transporting your pet to a new home. Whether it be a local move, or an overseas one, your time will be in high-demand during the moving process. Finding a new spot to live, transporting belongings, setting up new utilities, tying-up loose ends at your current location, and communicating with family and friends are usually all happening at once during a move. On top of all of this, you’re expected to transport a fur-ball. Think about how much time you can realistically spend transporting your pet. Once you figure that out, look at the options you have for ground and air travel and self-travel to see which one works the best within your schedule.
When making a move with your pet, make sure to consider the location – this includes the distance needed to reach that location and the physical setting they will be moving to. Location is something that must be considered because not every place is pet-friendly or provides an environment suitable for animals. If you are traveling overnight by ground, make sure you arrange with pet friendly hotels and account for plenty of rest and exercise stops. If traveling by air, or overseas, ensure that your pet is in safe, secure, and comfortable arrangements. Transporting pets during the summer and winter months can subject your pet to less-than-ideal temperature conditions, so take that into consideration if you aren’t moving during the more moderate seasons of spring and fall. Allowing professionals to arrange this on your behalf minimizes the amount of time and stress you will have to expend, so consider reaching out to a reputable pet transportation company. As for your pet’s new home you would, ideally, have the new place set-up for your pet to transition into smoothly. Make sure to bring along their favorite toys, bedding, and treats to help acclimate them to their new environment. By contracting professional services, you allow yourself the capacity to properly prepare and make the move as simple as possible for you and your pet.
Moving is expensive. Being able to know your pricing options ahead of time, and how those prices fit into your budget will allow you to cut-down on unexpected costs. Your pet transportation budget would include, food and water, gasoline or airfare, time, and stress. The longer the distance your move is, the more difficult it will be to manage a move on your own. Consider using a professional service like ATW to facilitate your move so that you can focus on other matters that are equally as important to you. ATW has tiered options that cater to any budget while ensuring the safe, comfortable, and accountable transportation of your pet. It is difficult to quantify the price of stress but eliminating the bulk of the leg-work you would incur through moving your pet on your own would undoubtedly prove a worthy expense. The peace-of-mind that ATW gives pet-owners is priceless.