Home is the nicest word, especially when home includes a pet.
There are more than 100 million U.S. households with either a dog or cat, according to the Insurance Information Institute. So, it’s not surprising that a third of homeowners cite pet ownership as a top reason for choosing a home. As a pet owner myself, I understand the complexities that sometime may arise when buying or selling a home involving a pet.
I bought my first home because I couldn’t find a rental that allowed my dog. I’m so glad times have changed! As a Realtor and pet owner I’m pleased to see that more than ever communities, buildings and landlords are welcoming pets with open arms. People recognize pets give unconditional love and so much more. But moving with pets can sometimes be stressful for our furry family members. My team and I area ready to help make the transition easier by offering advice, tips and resources that will help your pet love its new home as much as you do.
If you’re considering a move, please give me a call. We’re ready to help! 703-963-0142 or 301-320-8349
Tips for Moving with a Pet
- Prepare an easily-accessible 'overnight kit' that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
- If you're moving out of the area, contact your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. Ask for a vet recommendation in your new neighborhood.
- During the move itself, leave your pet with a friend or family member or kennel for the day. Try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.
- Take your pet to the new house in your own vehicle. Cats and dogs can be put in a carrier or kennel. Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can't see the environment changing outside.
- Don’t let your pet out of the carrier or kennel until you’re inside your new home. If they accidentally get out, they might get easily lost in the new neighborhood.
- Make sure to update collar name tags. If your pet has a chip, be sure to contact the company that services the chip to give them your new address in case your pet gets lost.
- Have a photograph on hand of your pet to show the neighbors should your pet get lost,
- Set up as much as you can in your new home, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do.
If you're thinking about adding a pet to your family, here are several good organizations with animals ready for adoption.
- City Dogs Rescue
- DC PAWS Rescue
- Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
- Humane Rescue Alliance
- Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
- Montgomery County Humane Society
- Rural Dog Rescue
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