Local NJ Moving With Pets

There’s so much to consider when planning a move – there’s the relocation as a whole, finding the right neighborhood, and looking for the ideal home for you and your family. When you have furry family members, you want to think about their stress levels as well as your own.

If your household includes cats or skittish dogs, they are definitely going to feel the tension that comes with a move. It’s best to shelter them from as much of that as possible, and our movers here at Alpha Moving & Storage have seen it all. Take a few tips from us:

1. Packing Up Your Home

When a family starts the process of planning a move, there’s the inevitable chaos of not only packing, but also purging the things they don’t intend to relocate with. This process is understandably stressful not only for you, but your pets. Take it slow. Start as early as possible. Keep the noise level down the best you can. Keep one room intact with their things that you pack last. It’s important for your pet’s well being to make big changes slow.

2. Introducing the Kennel

If your animal pal isn’t used to a crate or kennel, now is the time to get them accustomed to it. Keep it out, with an open door.  Make it cozy with a bed and some toys, so it’s a safe and happy place. Be present and calm while they’re in the kennel the first few times. Take them for short rides in the kennel. Always reward them with treats.

3. Getting Your Pet to Their New Home – The Big Day!!

This is when having that friendly vibe with the kennel comes in handy. Whether you are flying or driving, you will want your pet transported safely. If they are comfortable in the kennel, this will be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. If you’re driving, you may need to plan on the drive taking longer than anticipated if you’ll need to stop for walks or water breaks. When flying, it’s important not to medicate your pet before a flight. In fact, some airlines will refuse to transport pets that have been drugged. “Years ago, tranquilizers were the No. 1 cause of death in shipping pets, since the drugs depress the heart and respiratory system,” said Sally B. Smith, who operates Airborne Animals, a pet transportation service based in New Jersey.

4. Getting Them Settled In

Unpack their bed, toys, water and food bowls first. Put these items in an area of your home that will be their space. Give them time to explore with you. Use an encouraging and upbeat tone while showing them around their new home. Take a nice slow walk around the yard or neighborhood to get them acclimated to their new surroundings.

5. Hire a Professional

The best way to ensure you are able to take care of your pet’s needs during a stressful process like moving, is to have as much support as possible. Hire professionals to help box your items and load the truck. You can take your pet out and away from the ruckus, preventing it from escaping or being traumatized. Let Alpha Moving & Storage take care of all your moving and storage needs.

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  • Avatar Brandon Smith ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    I completed a move last month with Alpha Movers, and was super pleased with their service. I've moved a lot in the past 6-7 years, and have used a … More handful of different moving companies, and this was for sure the easiest / smoothest move of all of them. The crew showed up and finished right on time, and were very professional and careful with my things (perhaps even more so than I would've been myself!). Their office staff was also very professional and responsive. I hope I don't have to move again soon, but in any case, I would absolutely use Alpha Movers again.
  • Avatar Amanda Mayberry ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I had a great experience with Alpha Moving & Storage!
    When I initially contacted, Marc was responsive and helped get an on-site estimate set up. Andrew
    … More came out and took inventory of all my moving items to provide an estimate, so there would be no hidden costs. He was professional, thorough and gave great peace of mind.
    Day of the move, the movers showed up on time and ready to go. They were professional and very efficient taking stock of everything and getting the move underway. The entire 1 bedroom apartment was moved out and moved in within 3.5 hours door-to-door, even with the rainy conditions.
    The four movers worked super efficiently together and had a great system in place. They were professional and detailed making sure everything was placed in the desired location in the new space. Having the estimate done in advance was also very helpful as the only difference in price was to account for tax. It was nice to have no big surprises with moving costs and keep within budget.
    Alpha was recommended to me by my realtor and I would also highly recommend using them for your next move!
  • Avatar Emily Schnell ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Alpha Moving did a wonderful job helping us move into our new apartment! They quickly got multiple large pieces of furniture out of a suburban house and … More into a 4 story walk-up apartment in the city. The movers themselves were very gracious and went out of their way to help us set the furniture up and make sure everything fit into our space. Their prices and quality were unbeatable and they were very timely, communicative and prompt the day of. I would highly recommend them and will be using them again in the future!

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