Moving With A Pet: It's Possible!
There are many reasons why animals end up at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. One of the most common reasons is due to a move. If you are thinking about adopting a pet or surrendering your pet due to an upcoming move, please consider the following possibilities first. When relocating with your pets it is important that you do your research. There are always options to take your pet with you.
- The most important thing to consider is to find an apartment or house for rent that allows your pet to stay with you. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to find pet-friendly housing in certain price ranges, with time and dedication to finding the right housing, they can typically be found. If you needed 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms, you probably won't settle for a 1 bathroom/1 bedroom, so just add pet-friendly on to your must-haves to find the apartment that is right for you.
- Make sure when you find a pet-friendly housing situation that they don't have any restrictions that don't allow your pet on the property. Some rentals have weight limits or breed restrictions that you will need to look into. Don't sign a lease that says "no pets allowed" even if the landlord says it's ok. Make sure any written "no pets" language is crossed off or replaced with wording that allows your pet. You and the landlord should initial the changes. See more information on our Pet-Friendly Housing Page.
- If you have to go ahead and set up your new home without your pets first, reach out to friends and family to see if any of them wouldn't mind a house guest for a few weeks while you get settled. If you're able to, you can also look into doggie hotels for your dog to be in the lap of luxury while you are finishing your move; some may even offer services for cats.
- While traveling many motels or hotels allow pets, either for a small fee or for free, including most La Quintas, Red Roof Inns, Best Westerns, etc. Find more pet-friendly hotels here: Pet Friendly Hotels . You could also try to stay with friends or family to save money, if possible.
- Financially, we understand that a move is always expensive. However, you can plan ahead and put a little bit of money aside over the course of multiple months. Possibly organize a way to make some extra money to help finance your move like a garage sale, in order to transport your pets safely. Where there is a will there is a way. Remember, surrendering your pet should be your last resort.
See more tips on moving with a cat or dog successfully on our Pet Tips & Reference page