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Choosing a Kennel | Choosing a Pet Sitter | Educational Links
Moving With Pets | Traveling With Your Pet | Pet Dangers


Your pets depend on you for their health, care and well being both when you are home and while you are away. Because you want the best care possible for them while you are away, consider the following:


  • Pets won't have stress from travel.
  • Pets will receive personal attention vs. being home alone.
  • Attentive staff monitor for health issues.


  • The unfamiliar environment may be stressful to your pets.
  • Pets will be exposed to potential health problems from other pets.


  • Ask for a recommendation from your veterinarian, friends or dog trainer.
  • Look in the phone book under "Kennels & Pet Boarding".
  • Ask if the kennel belongs to the American Boarding Kennels Association.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the kennel you are considering.
  • Check for a license or certificate on display at the kennel showing it meets legal standards.
  • Schedule a tour of the kennel you are considering.


  • Does it look and smell clean?
  • Does it have good lighting and ventilation?
  • Is the temperature too hot or too cold?
  • Is the staff caring and knowledgeable?
  • Are pets required to have current shots?
    1. This can protect your pets from picking up a disease, like kennel cough, from other animals.
    1. Do the pets have adequate space?
    2. What type of exercise is available to the pets? Is there a schedule?
    3. How often are the pets fed?
    4. Can the owner bring special food, toys and bedding for their pets?
    5. Is a veterinary service available?
    6. How are the rates calculated?
    7. Does the kennel provide other services, such as grooming and training?
    8. Ask to see all the areas your pets may be in.

    Once you select a kennel, make sure you inform the staff of your pet's special needs, such as: health issues, medications, behavior problems and fears. Also be sure to provide the staff with your pet's medication and with contact information for yourself, your veterinarian and a back-up emergency number of a close friend or family member in case you are unreachable.

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    A good pet sitter provides many benefits to you and your pets. Consider the following when selecting a pet sitter:


    • Allows your pets to stay in their own environment.
    • Keeps your pets in their same routine and diet.
    • Prevents your pets from the stress of travel.
    • Pets receive personal attention while you are away.


    • Saves you a trip to the kennel.
    • Pet sitters may also be available to provide other services such as:
      1. Water plants
      2. Bring in mail and newspapers
      3. Turn lights on and off to deter crime
      4. Grooming
      5. House cleaning


    • Ask for a recommendation from your veterinarian, friends or dog trainer.
    • Look in the phone book under "Pet Sitting Services".
    • Go to Pet Sitters websites at:
      1. National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or
      2. Pet Sitters International at


    • What are the pet sitters qualifications?
    • Is the pet sitter licensed, bonded and insured?
    • What kind of training does the pet sitter have?
    • Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian?
    • Will the pet sitter record notes about your pet, such as: medical issues, medications, fears, likes, dislikes, habits and routines?
    • Does the pet sitter have back up in case they get sick or have car problems, etc?
    • What services does the pet sitter provide?
    • Does the sitter provide a written contract with their services and fees?
    • Does the pet sitter have references you can contact?
    • How much time will the pet sitter spend with your pets?
    • Is the pet sitter available to meet your pets prior to contracting their services so you can see how they interact with your pets?


    • Schedule pet sitting services in advance.
    • Make sure your pets' tags and identifications are on their collars.
    • Leave plenty of pet food and supplies.
    • Leave clear and legible instructions regarding pet care.
    • Leave contact information for yourself, your veterinarian and a back-up emergency number of a close friend or family member in case you are unreachable.
    • Make sure your pets' shots are current.
    • Leave a key with a friend or neighbor as back up to the pet sitter. Make sure the friend and pet sitter have each others phone numbers.
    • Show the pet sitter your home's security system, breaker boxes and any other important features of your home.

    Now you can enjoy your trip feeling comfortable knowing your pet is being taken care of.

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    Educational Links:

    Humane Society Training Classes Click Here

    Humane Society Pet behavioral issues Click Here

    Pet First Aide Classes Click Here

    Humane Society Spay and neuter clinic Click Here

    Humane Society vaccination Clinic Click Here

    Humane Society Microchipping Click Here

    Local Pet Laws Click Here

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    Moving is more stressful on your pets than you because they do not understand what is going on. Here are some tips to help make your move go more smoothly for you and your pet.


    • Visit your veterinarian for a thorough physical exam of your pet. Get a copy of your animal's records and make sure their shots are up to date.
    • Make sure you have an ample supply of your pet's medication.
    • Keep your pets on their normal routine as much as possible. If you feed or walk them at a certain time, keep to that schedule.
    • On moving day you may want to take your pet to a friend's house or kennel to reduce the chance of them running away.
    • Keep a current picture of your pet and written description of your animal, just incase they run away.
    • Don't change your pet's food. Changing diet or water source can cause vomiting or diarrhea.
    • Avoid extreme temperatures. NEVER leave a pet in a car in the summer or in a cold winter.
    • Check the pet laws in the area you are moving to, every community has different laws and regulations.


    Cats do not like change or being out of control of their environment, so moving is very stressful on them.

    • Keep their normal routine.
    • On moving day, keep the cat confined to one locked room with food, water, litter box, toys, and their carrier so they can get familiar with it. Tape a large "DO NOT OPEN" sign on the door to the room so that movers don't let the cat out.
    • Move your cat in a sturdy carrier with room for food, water, and a little litter box.
    • When you arrive to your new home, put the cat in one secure room, open the carrier and let them come out when they are ready. Let the cat get use to one room before introducing them to the rest of the house.
    • It is not wise to let your cat outside in the Tucson desert. Our natural wildlife is not cat friendly.


    Dogs do not stress out as much as cats during a move but there are still a few things to remember.

    • Dogs like routine, so keep to their schedule.
    • Don't change your dog's food to avoid upset stomachs.
    • Never leave your dog in a hot car.

    For more information read our tips on how to travel with your pets.

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    Consult with your veterinarian on your pet's ability to travel, up date shots, trim nails, get treated for fleas and ticks, get a copy of your pet's medical records and consider having your pet microchipped in case your pet runs away.

    Make sure your pet's carrier is sturdy, ventilated, leak proof, has a door that latches securely, and has enough room for your pet to stand up and turn around. Print your pet's name, your name, address and phone number with permanent marker on the outside of the carrier.

    Your pet should wear it's collar with current tags for rabies and their name, address and phone number. Do not let your pet wear a choke, pinch or training collar while traveling, it is too easy for them to choke or injure themselves.


    • Sturdy leash, but do not put in the carrier with your pet, they could get tangled.
    • Some of your pet's bedding.
    • Bowls for food and water.
    • Food that your pet is use to.
    • Water
    • Treats
    • Toys
    • Medications
    • Brush or Comb
    • Baby wipes
    • Litter box (for cats)
    • Waste bags
    • Paper towels


    • Be certain your pet is comfortable riding in a car, if not, try some shorter trips before a long trip.
    • Feed your pet lightly before a trip.
    • Never expose your pet to extreme temperatures.
    • Never let your pet ride unrestrained in the back of a truck.
    • Take breaks every three hours to let your pet out to exercise and relieve itself. (Never let your pet off leash, they could run into traffic or become lost)
    • Never leave your pet unattended..
    • Bring old sheets or towel to cover your car seats.


    • Contact your airline for animal transport rules and regulations.
    • Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned at east five days prior to flying.
    • Ill, nervous, pregnant or older pets should not go by air.
    • Some breeds have breathing difficulties in thin air altitudes, consult your veterinarian.
    • Avoid traveling during extreme heat or cold seasons unless your pet is traveling in the cabin with you.
    • Exercise your pet before placing it in its carrier.
    • Make certain your pet is wearing their collar with identification and rabies tags.
    • NEVER muzzle your pet, it restricts their ability to breathe and pant.

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