choosing transportation for moving pets

Moving Pets: Choosing Transportation for Moving Your Pet

Pets cannot be moved in the moving van. Nor, except for guide dogs, are they allowed on trains or buses. That leaves you with two options for moving your pet: your personal vehicle or by air, with the pet accompanying you or in an appropriate container travelling as air freight.

It’s important to know that the Animal Welfare Act prohibits air travel of puppies and kittens less than eight weeks old and prior to weaning, whether accompanied or unaccompanied.

If your choose air freight, you must also:

  • Decide whether to ship the pet before you leave and have it cared for at destination until your arrival or;
  • Appoint someone reliable to take charge of the pet at either origin or destination.

Be sure to discuss moving your pet with your moving counselor. Your moving counselor can help select the best way to transfer it, offer helpful suggestions and assist with, or take care of, any necessary shipping arrangements.

Your moving counselor may also be able to recommend a pet handling agency that will take care of all the details of shipping pets, including boarding, pickup and delivery. Costs varied based on services rendered.

The key to an easier move, regardless of the mode of transportation used, is pre-planning the details. Travel arrangements should be made as far in advance of moving day as is practical, keeping departure day tasks to a minimum. One person in the family should assume responsibility for the pet.

Once you have chosen your pet’s mode of transportation, you are ready to begin preparing your pet for travel.

Read more information about moving pets by air or moving pets by car or return to the moving with pets guide for specific information pertaining to your type of pet.