Moving time is understandably very busy. You'll likely be trying to manage a million little details... not the least of which is your beloved pet! Moving with pets involves some planning to help things to smoothly. Here are a few tips to help both you and your pet survive relately unscathed:
If you must transport your pet by air, give yourself ample time to research airline regulations. Consult with your vet, too, and take precautions to help ensure your pet's safety.
A travel kennel, create, or doggie seat-belt is a good idea to help keep your pets safe. Do not transport them in the open back of a pickup truck, and do not permit them to ride in the front of the car or bounce around wildly in excitement. These things can distract the driver from paying proper attention to the road.
Keep your pet with you at all times, in a secure kennel or crate; or place them in a room that's "off-limits" (make sure you tell everyone, especially the movers); or have a trusted family member or friend watch your pet off-site while you manage the moving crew.
Once you know your new address, remember to get updated tags as soon as you can. Many pet stores now have automated tag-making machines where you can quickly create a new tag.
Please... if you cannot immediately find housing that accepts pets, do NOT abandon your pet in your old rental unit in the hopes that someone else will find and care for him, or in the hopes that you'll be able to "come back" later and get him. Pets depend on us for their care.
Instead, consider renting one of the many short-term pet-friendly accommodations, such as Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, cottages, and so forth. Ask them for their best rate for an "extended stay". This will allow your pet to stay with you while giving you the chance to find appropriate long-term housing.
If you must temporarily leave your pet behind, do so with a responsible, reliable, and trustworthy person or organization. Check in regularly to ensure your pet continues to be well cared for.
Moving with pets presents some unique challenges of its own, but with some advanced planning, you can minimize the stress of the move to your new home.