Paws across America

Hire a moving company that offers climate controlled trucks and facilities, and is experienced in transporting animals across the country.

You’re going to have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a moving company, but the most important thing is their experience with transporting animals. Ask about what type of trucks they use, how climate-controlled they are, and how often they stop along the way so that you can decide if they’re going to be able to handle your pet’s needs during the trip. The company should also offer temperature-controlled facilities so that your pet will be safe even if there are delays or something unexpected happens along the route.

Find an airline that will allow you to ship your pet.

  • In the cabin: A few U.S.-based airlines allow small pets to travel in the cabin with you—the catch here is that they must travel in a cage/bag that fits under your seat. This list of airlines includes Delta, Virgin America, Southwest Airlines and United.
  • Cargo hold: While traveling in the cargo hold may sound scary for a pet owner (and an absolutely awful way for a pet to spend their time), there are some pros to this option—including the fact that many more airlines offer it as an option than flying with your pet in the cabin. American Airlines, United, Southwest and Delta all allow pets to fly via checked baggage or cargo.
  • Outsize pets: If your pet is too big to fit into one of those aforementioned approved containers, you’ll need to consider one of two options: You can either put them into crates which are large enough for them stand up and turn around inside or you can arrange an express-shipping carrier (such as Pet Express) which caters specifically to animals on the move.
  • Aggressive breeds: Airport regulations forbid certain breeds from boarding planes because of aggressive tendencies and safety concerns; but even if your breed isn’t on the list, if your dog’s behavior is worrisome, he or she won’t be allowed on board during flight anyway. All passengers should consider whether their animals will be comfortable with confined spaces before embarking on any flight plans.

Research pet-friendly places to stay along the way.

Regardless of where you are in the moving process, it’s important to do your research before you set out on the road.

  • Find pet-friendly hotels, motels, campgrounds, parks, and other places to stay along the way. Don’t assume that every hotel or motel will take your pet—some only take service animals or have size restrictions for pets allowed in the room. If a place does accept pets, find out if they charge any extra fees.
  • Plan ahead so you know which public areas allow pets (and whether they require a leash) and which don’t allow pets at all. Your dog may enjoy running around off-leash at home in your yard or local park, but this can cause problems as you travel through different states with different laws regarding leashed dogs in public areas!
  • Check that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and bring medical records along with you just in case something comes up on the trip (gastrointestinal distress due to stress is not uncommon). You should also bring a supply of food and water for all of your pets (including those small enough to fit inside their cage), as well as feeding dishes and other items like litter boxes for cats or cages for small mammals and birds.

If your pet doesn’t like being in the car, figure out how long it can comfortably travel before it needs a break.

If your pet doesn’t like the car, there are a few ways you can make the trip more enjoyable for it.

First, you can take your pet out of the car every few hours and let it go for a walk. This will help your pet stretch its legs and get some exercise, which should be beneficial both to its mood and physical health. Or if there’s a grassy area nearby, you can stop and let your pet run around in it. While this might be hard to do in all areas of the country, one way or another, getting some fresh air is key to making long trips more bearable for pets (and their owners). If you’re unable to take walks with your pet during frequent stops along the drive, try playing with toys in between bathroom breaks by letting your dog chase after balls or frisbees in areas where doing so is okay. Otherwise, bring along another human friend who can play with your dog as well. It’s always good for dogs (as well as cats) to have companionship in addition to their owners when they’re on road trips!

Make sure your pet has all of its vaccinations and any other paperwork needed for travel.

One of the most important things you can do for your pet when moving to a new location is to make sure your pet has all of its vaccinations and any other paperwork needed for travel. This can be especially important if you are planning on flying with your pet as some airlines may have specific requirements when it comes to vaccinations and medical records.

Before you move it is also a good idea to get a copy of your pet’s medical records, including their vaccination records, from the vet so that you can take them with you.

It is also a good idea to make sure your pet has a microchip in case it gets lost during the move and does not know how to find its way back home.

Moving across the country with a pet takes planning, but is worth it!

If you’re planning on making a cross-country move with your pet, there are several things that you’ll need to consider.

  • Ask for recommendations for pet-friendly movers. If you have friends and family who have made cross-country moves with their pets, hear about their experiences of what worked and what didn’t. For example, if they used a professional moving company, did the company make special accommodations for pets? Were extra services available or needed? If possible, see if you can visit in person to see how your pet reacts to the way that space is organized. You may find that it gives you new ideas about which pieces of furniture get packed first or where to store things so that they stay out of reach from curious paws and claws!
  • Check with airlines regarding their regulations for transporting pets (if applicable). Because some larger pets may not be comfortable enough riding in vehicles for long periods of time, it might be necessary to fly out of town instead. Accordingly, checking with airlines ahead of time can give you a better idea as to how much planning needs to go into reserving a spot on an airplane—or even just deciding whether flying is viable when compared with other transportation options! Most importantly though: don’t forget your pup’s favorite stuffed animal! They’re great companions during stressful times like these 😉

The name of the blog is Paws across America. It is a blog about people moving across the country with their pets.

Hello, and welcome to Paws across America! We’re Jeremy and Abby, and this is our blog about moving across the country with our two cats, Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope.

In June of 2020, we are leaving behind our home in San Francisco, CA to move to Portland, ME. Why? We’re not sure yet!

We have driven from coast to coast once before when we moved from Oregon to California in 2012. It took us a week and a half, but that was before we had cats—and it was before we got married!

We’ve heard a lot of horror stories about moving with pets, so we want to document our experience. No matter if you’re coming or going this summer, hopefully you’ll find something here that is helpful or at least entertaining.

If you’re reading this and you can relate, please let us know! We’d love to hear your stories of moving along with your pets. We’ll be updating every couple days as we start planning out how exactly we’ll get ourselves and our fur babies across the country in one piece (fingers crossed).

Pets are family. When you move, they move with you. Paws Across America is a blog that follows people and their pets as they transition to a new town, city, or state.

If you’ve ever had to move across the country, you know that it can be an exciting but stressful time. There are a lot of details to manage: finding a new home; finding your way around; making new friends; learning about the new culture; getting your kids acclimated—not to mention all of the logistics of packing up and getting everything from point A to point B.

But what if you have a pet? Pets are family, and when you move, they move with you. They deserve just as much attention and love during this transition as the rest of your family does. How do you carry them on an airplane? Where can you find pet-friendly hotels along the way? What can you do if your cat or dog gets sick in a remote location?

In this blog series, we’re going to follow real people as they move across America—from one side of the country to another—with their dogs or cats in tow. We’ll learn about how they got their pets on airplanes, found pet-friendly hotels and restaurants during

You’ve done it: you’ve packed up your life and put it in a moving truck to go cross-country. You’re feeling excited and ready for the open road! But wait—what about your dog, or cat, or pet sloth?

We know traveling is stressful for humans, but think about how much more stressful it is for your four-legged friends who are used to their home turf. That’s why we’re here to help you make sure your pet is taken care of during a move.

Paws Across America is a blog dedicated to helping you navigate this often-complicated process. We’ll give you tips and tricks on how to stay calm so that your pets can stay calm during what’s bound to be a hectic time. We have advice on how to pack their food, their beds, and their toys so they don’t get lost or broken on the way. And we even have testimonials from other people who have moved across the country with their pets and lived (mostly) happily ever after!

If you’re planning on taking Fido, Fluffy, or [insert unique pet name here] with you on your next adventure, check out Paws Across America first!

Hi there! Welcome to Paws Across America, where we document the lives of people traveling with their pets across the country.

We’re just getting started, so check back often to see what’s new!

Hello! My name is [name], and I’m a [job title]. I’m on the move again—this time, to [new place]. If you’re going through the same thing, I hope this blog helps you navigate this stressful and exhilarating time.

I’ve been doing this for a while. I moved across the country with my dog, [dog name], when we were both 20 years old. It was the first time we had ever moved without our parents, and it was scary as heck. We weren’t sure how to get started planning a move, what we needed to do with our dogs and cats (yes, plural—plural!), or even how to deal with all of our stuff. Moving’s hard enough on its own—it’s even harder when you have to consider your pets’ needs.

But we did it. And now I want to help you do it, too.

Leave a Reply