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moving_with_petsBefore you decide to give up your pet, ask yourself the real reasons you are doing it.

You’re moving and can’t find a place that accepts pets.

Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets. It doesn’t have to be this way. Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away society where we feel it’s alright to get rid of something once it becomes an inconvenience. Before you considering giving up your pet because you’re moving, please read the following:

  1. Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets. Don’t be quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There’ll probably be a better one available soon. You can also visit People With Pets or Moving With Pets if you live in the Southern California area and need to find a pet-friendly place to live.
  2. Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classifieds ads. Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartment. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they’re ever advertised in the papers.
  3. A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you’d prefer. It might be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious as you’d like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog or cat?
  4. “No Pets” doesn’t always mean “no pets, period.” Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don’t want the hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says “no pets” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord, “Are pets absolutely out of the question?” If he answers, “Well…,” you have a chance! HINT: You’ll have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone – it’s harder for people to say no to your face.

To encourage a landlord to let you keep your dog…

  • Bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview. Show your landlord that your dog is well-cared for and that you’re a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen Certificate or other achievement certifications if your dog has them.
  • Offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog.
  • Bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as well as from your dog’s trainer. Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.
  • Use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners aren’t home.
  • Don’t think you’re being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what he’s used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people. Where he lives isn’t as important to him as who he lives with. He wants to be with you, and he doesn’t care where that is.

In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or friends who don’t like dogs. This doesn’t have to be an impossible situation.

  • Use a dog crate when you’re not home or when your family doesn’t want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place and don’t need it anymore.

Things to remember…

  • There are 127,000 animals put to death in Los Angeles each year.
  • Most shelters are full, often putting 2 or more dogs in one kennel. Most city and county shelters will have to euthanize an animal in order to make room for yours coming in.
  • At city and county shelters, dogs are generally given 5 working days to be adopted… if your dog is not adopted in this time, it will be put to sleep.
  • All shelters are full of young and older dogs, purebred and mixed, sweet and shy… don’t assume your dog will be easily placed just because he’s cute, trained or has a great personality. Even if you relinquish your pet to a private shelter like Karma Rescue, keep in mind that kennel life is extremely stressful for them while they’re waiting for a new home.
  • When you adopted or bought your pet, you took on the responsibility of that animal for the rest of its life. Remember that a dog is an actual life – not a piece of furniture to be given away when it no longer fits. Dogs are such wonderful, compassionate, giving souls… we hope you find it in your heart to keep your pet.

You just don’t have the time for your pet. They deserves a home that can give them more attention.

We can’t even tell you how often we hear this. But unfortunately your pet does not have a voice. He can’t tell you that he would rather stay with the family he has known and loved all his life. Animals ask for so little in return for their unconditional love. We humans are not nearly so selfless. That must be why we crave the love of these wonderful creatures. Now think about it… you took on the responsibility to care for your pet for its entire life when you adopted him/her, right? You must have 5 minutes in your schedule to play some ball or spend some time snuggling with your pet when you sit down to watch your favorite TV program. I mean, isn’t that why you adopted your pet to begin with? Dogs and cats have feelings, too… they go through psychological torment when they lose their family. Your pet deserves to stay with the family he/she loves.
Your dog is out of control, jumps on you and your kids, destroys your house, etc.

Okay, c’mon, we all went through an obnoxious teenage stage, right? Our parents didn’t toss us out… thankfully! Every dog around 8 months old to 2 years old goes through a difficult period. Hey, guess what helps? Training! Now, you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Trust us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You just need better communication with your dog, and you both will get through it. And guess what your reward will be? A pet that will love you unconditionally for the rest of its life! Not bad, huh? Karma Rescue can suggest some excellent affordable trainers. We can even give you some tips for free.

I’m pregnant and am not supposed to be around cats.

Okay, here’s a common misconception. You can be around cats… you just aren’t supposed to change their litter box anymore. So here’s a great idea! Get that husband or boyfriend to do it. I mean, with all that you are about to go through for the next 9 months, it’s the least they can do. And kitty will be so grateful!

I can no longer afford to take care of my pet.

The Volunteers of America offer a Companion Pet Program that helps low-income seniors keep their beloved companion pets. The program is available in the greater Long Beach area, parts of Orange County, the South Bay, and Los Angeles. Telephone (213) 389-1500 ext.18.

127,000 Healthy, Playful Pets are killed in Los Angeles County every year! YOU can help!

Most people do not realize what an overwhelming pet overpopulation problem exists Los Angeles! Sure, many people know that animals die in shelters, but do they realize the true cause? Ignorance may be bliss, but it is ignorance that is killing these innocent, loving creatures.

  • Only 1 in every 10 dogs born finds a permanent home!
  • One 1 in every 12 cats born finds a permanent home!
  • At any given time, there are approximately 40,000 strays wandering the streets.

The country’s thousand of pounds and shelters are forced to kill millions of animals every year. EVERYDAY, the pounds and shelters have to kill and kill and kill in order to make room for the ones that will flood them that day, all because pet owners don’t think or don’t care.

It’s the same old story. “We couldn’t get rid of our litter,” the people say. “You can find good homes for them, can’t you?” The shelter workers at the desk nearly always respond: “Oh, yes, we can find good homes for them,” knowing in their hearts they will be put to sleep. A sad way for a new puppy or kitten to start off life and a sad way for their lives to end.

There’s the woman who won’t have her cat spayed “because I want my children to learn about life. I want them to see the kittens being born.” Or the man who won’t have his female dog spayed “because I don’t want her to get fat and lazy” or ” I heard having a litter will calm her down.”

A thousand pet owners have a thousand excuses for letting their pets breed, and so they add thousands – hundreds of thousands – millions – of puppies and kittens to the rising flood of the unloved and unwanted.

How can YOU help?

Spay and neuter the pets in your home. Rescue from the shelter instead of purchasing from pet stores (most of these animals come from breeding mills and backyard breeders). When you adopt an animal, be prepared to make a lifetime commitment, through good times and bad. If you are considering breeding your pet, go down to your local shelter and look into the eyes of the innocent… those hoping beyond hope for someone to love them… and realize that you are denying these animals a home by breeding your pet.


Moving with your pets makes the process a little bit more complicated. Your Right Move LLC canhelp with moving and also provide you with some useful advice.

First of all, your pet must be in a good health. Ask your vetrinarian doctor before moving.


– Carry health and rabies certificates with you. Airlines and State health officials generally require health certificates for all animals transported by air. They are required if you cross international borders. In most cases, health certificates must be issued by a licensed veterinarian examining the animal within 10 days of transport.
– Ask your veterinarian to provide any required vaccinations or treatments. Does your pet have appropriate heartworm protection if the mosquito season begins earlier or ends later in the area you will be traveling to? Administer tranquilizers with the prescribed dosage only if specifically prescribed by your veterinarian.
– Pack your pet’s water and food bowls, grooming equipment and any medication they may require. If you are not certain your pet’s diet will be available at your destination, take a supply with you to avoid digestive upsets.

Do not put your pet required belongings into the moving truck,take it all with you.


If your pet can’t ride with you, you should ask your moving company for help with moving. Your Right Move LLC can help you with relocating your pet safely.

You’ll find a very handy resource in, where you can search by city for hotels, B&B’s – even amusement parks – that are pet friendly. Visit them here and plan your route so that reservations are made in advance for you…and your pet! Just click on their Listings section to start your search.