Military Relocation-Moving with Your Pets To Northern Virginia

If your family includes a pet or two, making sure that they are safe and secure during your move can often be just as important as making sure your household goods arrive in one piece. Our family has moved around the world with pets and I know how difficult it can be find good care for your pet in a new surrounding.

The first thing to remember if you are moving with a pet is to make sure as you set aside your personal information that you also include a copy of your pets health history and medications that they may need while in transit. Since most pets are lost during move-in day making sure that your pet is secure while the movers are unloading your furniture is critical. The best way to ensure that your pet is safe and secure is to find another place for your pet for the day. For families relocating to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon or any of the Northern Virginia military installations you might consider the Olde Town Pet Resort located in Springfield VA.

dogQuite frankly when you check out the facilities you may want to also stay yourself. With 27,000 square feet the resort is state of the art. For dogs there are 183 suites with automatic drinking fountains and top of the line beds. If you have more than one dog they can bunk together and if you really want to have luxury for your pet you can reserve a luxury suite complete with cable TV or movies.

 Olde Town Pet Resort can accommodate up to 75 cats. With the same level ofcat luxury that the dogs enjoy, cats have a central TV, double decked cages for exercise and litter boxes that are hidden out of sight. With plenty of sunshine for the cats to enjoy and a view of the woods the accommodations would please even the most finicky cat.

With friendly trained staff and state of the art systems, it is nice to have a facility that you know you can securely house your pet while you wait for the movers to finish at your house. The only problem is that your pet may not want to come.

Trust me after a recent trip our pets gave us the look that seemed to say “you’re going to make me leave?” What ever happened to unconditional love?

For more information or to schedule a stay for your pet you can check out the Olde Towne Pet Resort website.

Additional tips from The Humane Society of the US for moving with pets.

If you need assistance with finding your own housing when you transfer to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon or any of the Military District of Washington locations give me a call.  Let my knowledge of Northern Virginia and experience with military moves help both you, your family and your pet settle in our area.  Call the Cindy Jones team at 703-346-2213.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

Military Relocation Specialist serving military families relocating to and from the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, Quantico MCB and all of the Military District of Washington installations. 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCindy Jones • January 20 2009 06:02PM


Cindy, great information.  Many military families have pets.  It gets real interesting in coming from an overseas area to CONUS. 

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) over 10 years ago

We moved to Japan with a cat and a dog.  They both survived a very long trip together in the same crate!  I think the companionship made it a little less stressful for them.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

So many pet people don't really get that their pets need really special TLC during a move. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Patricia-I've had more than one client who had an animal go into hiding during a move.  They can't be found and panic sets as if no one knows whether they got out or not.  Now I recommend a day at the "spa" while the movers are there.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Great Information Cindy.  Moving with pets does present a very unique set of circumstances.

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 10 years ago

James I've helped plenty of military families try to find pet friendly neighborhood and homes while they are stationed in our area.  It can sometimes be a bigger challenge than schools.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Cindy,

Terrific information for people moving with pets!  Great post! 




Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) over 10 years ago

Rita-thank you.  Having moved around the world with pets I know how important they are to the families that own them.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

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