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Q: Moving?!

January 20, 2009 | By Heather A. | 34 answers | Expired: 2151 days ago

Heather A.

Just want to know how many people think that moving is a legitimate excuse to surrender a pet? I have to say I am a bit sick and tired of just how many wonderful animals are given up under the pretense of their owners moving.

For various reasons within the last seven years I have had to move my cats to seven different homes in four different states and am in the process of preparing to move all of us across the Atlantic as my husband is being relocated to the UK.

With every move they have adjusted to their new environments quickly and easily; surrendering them was absolutely never an option.

Every time I knew I was moving I would search for pet-friendly housing only and yes, the pickings would often be slim, I was always able to find something. When moving from West coast to East coast I researched airlines and found a great petsafe carrier and am doing the same for our cross-Atlantic move, which granted is more difficult with the pet passport situation, but still very doable.

I do understand that sometimes life deals a heavy blow such that moving with our beloved furry friends would be impossible, but I feel that people are too quick to use it as an easy, guilt-free excuse to rid themselves of the hassle of moving with their pets. To me it would be like giving up a member of the family because I wouldn't be able to get that fancy condo, but the price is more than worth paying when I get to fall asleep everynight with my little ones beside me.

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Kelly
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Feb 02, 2009

I think that excuse is a bit tired & lame too. I moved to 4 cities with pets & lived in apartment complexes & townhouses before we bought our home. I never had a problem finding a pet-friendly place to live. That was at the top of the list of criteria. I didn't even look at other places. "Where there's a will, there's a way."

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Sharon B.
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Feb 02, 2009

While I think some people do use it as an excuse it may come down to how much time does one want to spend looking for a pet friendly new home. Yes they are out there and it does take some time - would you abandon your children too? The other way to look at it is at least people do bring their pets to shelters because some people just open the door/drop the animals off on the side of the road, which in my book is owrse!

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Randi
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Feb 01, 2009

I can't say that every time someone leaves a pet at a shelter and uses that excuse it's the truth but I am sure there are instances when it's not a lie. I've not had that problem but I know most places for rent in my area pets aren't allowed.

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Debbie V.
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Jan 26, 2009

I've heard horror stories of people wanting to take their pets with them when they moved to a different country. Pets had to stay in quarantine for six months before they would be allowed to enter the country. I couldn't put my pet through that. If I had to choose between that and trying to find them another home, it would break my heart, but I would try to find a good home for him.

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Ruth R.
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Jan 22, 2009

Yes, sometimes it's an excuse, but there are legitimate reasons in this economic climate. People are losing their homes and have to find a new place to live, which is often an apartment that doesn't allow pets. Or they're having to move in with family where maybe a family member is allergic to the animal or just won't allow the pets to move in, too. We have had animals turned in also because of deployment - some of the people turning in those animals are so distraught because they have tried to find homes and failed. Sometimes they haven't had much notice that they're being deployed and we are their only recourse.

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Summer S.
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Jan 22, 2009

I think in many cases, moving is a way that people can feel less guilty about surrendering their animals. However, I believe there are exceptions to every rule and that there are severe cases that leave people no other choice. That said, I would rather live on the street with my cat than an apartment that doesn't allow pets. I love her like I do my family (possibly more LOL) and since I adopted her from a shelter vowed never to abandon her so she never has to experience that ever again. =)

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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
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Jan 22, 2009

As you know we have six dogs and usually a foster or two at any given time and surprise,surprise we rent.I think for people it's the easy way out.

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Jessica T.
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Jan 22, 2009

I wasn't able to bring my dog with me when my husband and I moved right after we got married, but I made sure that she could live with my family so she would only be 3 miles away. I can't ever see an instance where I would be okay with surrendering my dog due to moving. I really can't think of any instance where I would leave my dog, but moving is one of those things where you do have some control, and thus there are things you could do to keep your pet with you.

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Nichole B.
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Jan 21, 2009

Well, to be honest, this question is right up my alley... unfortunately. My fiance and I will be moving to Japan in about 1.5months. Finding housing that will accept foreigners is tough enough in Japan, but on top of that, very few apartments will even rent to Japanese nationals with pets. >_< I have been informed by my place of employment that I will not be able to bring my guinea pigs which breaks my heart. I have already asked family and friends to take them for me until I come back (could be years). With the remaining month left, I will be trying my hardest to make sure they go to a decent family best suited to their tastes. I will be donating my supplies and cages to them to ensure they will have room to run. Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do to better their transition/placement?

But on another note, I think far too many people don't have the respect/love for animals that they should. So, I am sure people pathetically use moving as an excuse to get rid of their responsibilities. And shame on them.

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Pia S.
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Jan 21, 2009

I certainly hope that I would never be in this position, but everyone has their own turmoils in life to deal with. There are times when people have to move, for example, to a nursing home, and either cannot take their pet or have no family to care for the pet. We really don't know people's personal situations so I hate to judge. If someone has gone bankrupt and has lost their home and all of their belongings, the pet might be better in a home where it can be cared for. What a sad situation and difficult decision.

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