Moving Pets and Plants

Moving with Pets

If your family has animal friends that you would like to take to your new home, you will need to make preparations to ensure they will arrive safely. Before leaving your old home, Mergenthaler suggests taking your pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to the pet’s collar.

Pets cannot be carried on the moving van. Dogs, cats, canaries and parakeets can usually be transported in the family car, or sent via air. If this isn’t convenient, your Mergenthaler agent will be glad to suggest alternate ways to ship your pets safely. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your current home until you are settled in the new city.

See our Resources for information on companies that specialize in the transportation of pets.

Moving With Plants

Several days or weeks before your move, you will need to decide what to do with houseplants. Mergenthaler cannot accept responsibility for safely moving all types of plants, because they might suffer from a lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van. You might prefer to transport your houseplants in the family car or ship them by plane. Other alternatives include giving your plants to friends or relatives, donating them to a hospital or other organization, or including them in a pre-move garage sale.

Some states prohibit the entry of all plants, while other states will admit plants under certain conditions. Other states have no plant regulations. Be sure to check the regulations of the state to which you’re moving. Ask your Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage relocation consultant for regulations that will apply to you. You may also check state regulations by visiting the USDA website.