Are you moving with pets?  Whether they are dogs, cats, or exotic pets, there are some great guidelines out there to help “Fido” with moving to their new environment.  

Before you move some important things to have with you!
·        A recent photo of your pet and his/her pet documents
·        Health certificate
·        Identification – Collar tag with name, your name and destination address.
·        If you have an exotic pet, you may also need a permit.

There are many good sites (many through moving companies) out there that provide information on all you need, from before the move, to moving, to when you arrive. The two most comprehensive sites I found are:

If you are renting a house, condo or co-op, or buying a co-op or condo, you should check out their pet restrictions before setting up a showing. Your real estate agent can certainly help with that if it is not on the listing.

If you have a dog, in January 2011, New York State has referred all dog licensing to the local municipalities. So, you would need to check on their dog licensing and lease regulations.  Put in the town and dog licensing and the information will come up. Here are the websites for Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains to give you an example of costs and requirements.

Once you move here, its important to make sure your pet has all of his toys, familiar blanket, comfortable mat and food and a place he’ll feel comfortable for the first few days. For cats, we learned that it’s a good idea to keep them in one room with their familiar toys before letting them run wild throughout the house. First because you can’t lose them if unpacking, and second so they don’t get into trouble!

Of course you are going to want to have a good veterinarian, animal hospital, pet-sitting services and of course, to find those dog walking parks so he/she can have fun. Good way to meet people in the neighborhood as well.  The most comprehensive site I found in Westchester County is:   This site has a list of veterinarians according to town, Animal Clinic Emergency rooms, a list of dog parks and other helpful information!  

Petting Sitting – If you don’t have family members where you are moving, the best place to start is with the veterinarian you use. Many of the front desk people pet sit evenings and weekends.  If you want to screen a # of them to have them available, a good site   They do background  checks on the people that sign up. You can view their pictures, # of years experience,  location and hours. There is a nominal fee, but you can just sign up for a month if you wish and contact as many as you like!

I know several great veterinarians both in southern and central Westchester County, so if you are moving here, can point you in that direction!

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Dated: March 21st 2012
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  1. Debbie Gartner

    This is a great resource for those with pets. It's more challenging for those moving to co-ops/condos as some do not allow pets. I'm lucky - I found a pet friendly condo in White Plains and my 2 cats seem to be very happy. We're on the top floor, so they get to watch all the birds fly to the top of the building. (good thing that I don't have a balcony).


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