By: Sam Hoey | CRP, GMS

August 17, 2022

Pets are more than just animals, they should be comfortable during the move too

There’s no doubt that moving to a new state, or even a new country, can be a stressful process. Relocating for a job or for personal reasons can also bring a fresh start. Often, when someone moves for a job promotion or career change, they bring their entire family. Candidates who accept a relocation position should take advantage of every talent mobility perk offered. 

Talent mobility refers to the relocation package offered by a company to a new or promoted employee. In simpler terms, a relocation package will let the new employee know what moving costs and services are covered, in part or full, by their new employer. While every company will have different talent mobility options, one crucial factor that employees should ask for is pet relocation services. 

Pets are not just animals, they’re members of the family. And in turn, anyone who is going through the relocation process should insist that pet relocation services are provided in their relocation package.

What is Included in Pet Relocation Services?

Each relocation services provider will offer different services for moving pets from point A to point B. The basics that should be covered include safe animal transportation. No one wants their furry friend to get too hot or too cold while traveling by automobile or plane. Making sure that the correct size kennel is provided should be another key point to bring up. And of course, it should go without saying that pets should be provided with food and clean drinking water during the trip. 

The most common reasons for using a pet relocation service are when someone is relocating with a long drive or has to go by plane for international relocation. All these can make it challenging to travel with a pet, which is why a pet relocation service can help assure that the four-legged family member is comfortable during the trip.

What to Look for in Pet Relocation Providers

The first point to ask about is the company’s certifications. Any reliable pet moving experts should be USDA certified. On top of vet-like certifications, any pet owner wants their pet to be safe while traveling. So, working with pet transporters who are strict when hiring drivers is a must. The company of choice should have their drivers certified in operating the car, truck, or plane they are operating. And drivers should undergo thorough background checks and be able to pass a drug test. 

Communication is another key when selecting which company is lucky enough to transport your pet. Owners will want to know where their pet is at every step of the way on their journey to their new home. Ask the company what they do to not only track pets but how they relay that info to the owner on either an hourly or daily basis.

GMS Is Here for You and Your Pets

Global Mobility Solutions (GMS) is the industry leader in employee relocation. We take pride in making a seamless process for transferees and their family members. And when we say family members, we know that includes pets. Our team only works with the best pet relocation service providers. Each of our providers goes through a thorough vetting process to ensure we’re providing the best relocation programs possible. 

To get more information about the relocation process for humans and pets alike, check out our blog in our Knowledge Base. And if you have any questions about the relocation process, then reach out to schedule a free consultation. GMS is always happy to answer any questions.

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Senior Vice President, Global Account Management Sam joined Global Mobility Solutions in 1996 and has a unique perspective with her 25 years of industry experience. Samantha offers her clients relocation expertise and a commitment to excellence in her. Her proficiency in orchestrating the BVO and GPO Programs, as well as relocation policy design and implementation, are invaluable assets to the accounts she manages. Her experience in administering Pre-Decision Relocation services to enhance the recruiting process further demonstrates her unique abilities to service her clients. Samantha’s diverse experience, leadership, and outstanding communication skills enable her to manage the relocation process for her clients with finesse and polished professionalism.

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