Don't Forget Fido: How to Move with your Pets

Relocating is hard on everyone, and your pets are no exception. So how do you make sure your new home is Fido-friendly?

HOA rules

HOAs are known for their rules. So,  what are you homeowners associations rules about pets? Three cats might be the perfect amount for you, but your apartment might say anything more than one is just excessive. And even if Fido would rather give up belly rubs for life than bite a person, he might not be allowed in your new home if he’s part pit bull. Don’t even get us started on exotic or farm animal pets.

City ordinances

Your new city might also want you to register your pets and buy a license for each of them. There might even be a city-wide ban on certain breeds or a certain number of pets.


Do you have enough yard for your pets to play in? If not, do you know where the closest dog park is? And how safe is it in your yard? If you’re relocating to a completely new area, you might have to worry about wild animals. Chances are your pet is going to be curious about every coyote, bear, and snake within smelling distance. And your pampered baby probably won’t fare too well against a wild animal. Which leads us to...


Even if your home does have a fence, you might need to make some improvements when your dog realizes those delicious looking ducks and muddy pond are just a short leap away. Even if you’re strapped for cash, it might be worth it out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to keep your pet safely in the yard.

Home size

A more expensive city means you might need to buy a smaller place. So if your 140-pound German Shepherd was used to having the run of your 2,500 square foot house, she’s not going to be too happy when she finds herself in a 700 square foot apartment.

Pet-friendly neighborhood

Walk down the street. Do you see people out with their dogs and cats perched in the windows? Neighbors that have pets are going to be a lot more understanding when your dog gets out and makes you play a game of chase through the neighborhood. Or when your cat proudly places a dead bird on your front stoop. Connecting with other pet parents is also a great way to meet your neighbors.


If you’re moving into a co-op or renting a place, you might also want to consider getting some references for your furbaby. Ask your current neighbors to write all about how great Snuggles Von Furrington III is and don’t forget to include vet records and training certificates.