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 DA REELEST ★★★★★ in the last week
    Bird, Sarge, Nemo did a great job moving us into our new place! Amazing attitudes from beginning to end. Very efficient and careful while moving all our … More things especially careful with our fragile items! Definitely would recommend them for future work. They’re the BEST!!!
  • Avatar Paula Fisher ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    We had an exceptional moving experience with Alpha Moving when they handled the relocation of our 5 bedroom house to another state. From start to finish … More the service was outstanding. The team was punctual, professional, and incredibly efficient. They took great care in transporting our belongings, ensuring everything arrived intact.
  • Avatar Dana Schulz ★★★★★ a month ago
    My husband and I have used Alpha for two moves—once from Manhattan to Jersey City and more recently from Jersey City to the Jersey Shore.
    The first move
    … More was during Covid, but Alpha was super diligent and professional. The second move was on an incredibly hot and humid day, and our movers still worked so hard and fast.
    For our second move, we also had to put our items in storage for a few weeks. Alpha made this super easy and had a thorough system for taking inventory of all our furniture and boxes.
    I can't say enough about how great Alpha is. We would use them again and recommend them to anyone. Their office employees are very responsive and helpful, and the movers are extremely skilled and professional.
    I've also found their prices to be much more reasonable than other companies in the area.