Make Moving With Pets Easier

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2016

Americans are big pet owners. About 65 percent of all U.S. households — 79.7 million households — own pets, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association’s 2015–2016 survey. In 2015, Americans spent more than $60.6 billion on their pets.

Read more: The Power of Pets in Real Estate

About 10.7 million people move with their pets every year. To make those moves easier, some real estate professionals are stepping in to help their clients make Fido’s move less stressful too, by offering up a list of nearby dog parks or pet resources, such as groomers, pet sitters, and vets.

Florida real estate pro Rhona Sutter created the Pet Friendly Resource Directory, which offers a list of pet-friendly services to pet owners moving to a new area of town or to a new city. Along with a list of vets and pet sitters, the directory also includes handyman, cleaning services, and interior decorators that present themselves as being pet-friendly. It includes a list of real estate professionals as well. The directory includes 45 categories, such as pet-friendly hotels, pet relocation services, assisted living for seniors, pet supplies, and more.

“Moving is traumatic enough, whether your move is across the street, across the city, or across the country,” says Sutter, owner of the Pet Realty Network. “Our goal is to include all different types of services in all areas for when a pet owner is searching for businesses and services that understand their pet-friendly requirements.”

Ease pets’ move with this customer handout: How to Move with Pets

Source: The Pet Realty Network