A leading animal welfare charity has today published a major new study which reveals a quarter of London pet owners are unsure what to do with their animals when they move house.
Triggered into action by the research the charity has now produced a new information guide which aims to take the worry out of moving a pet.
The report reveals more than 1,830,000 house moves took place last year in the UK and almost half of these house moves involved pets, meaning that at least 228,750 animals could have suffered undue stress and been with owners who did not know how best to care for them on moving day.
In London nearly half of all those polled (45.4%) admitted that their biggest worry about moving house was how their pet would react.
This topic concerned the animal-loving Londoners more than the worry of the furniture not turning up in one piece (31.2%) or potentially forgetting new keys (16.6%).
The study also found 60% of Londoners felt there was a real shortage of information and advice available to pet owners facing a house move.
The new guide, which is available on Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s website at www.dogshome.org, tackles all of the most important issues associated with moving a pet from the importance of micro-chipping through to what and when to pack for your pet.
Ali Taylor, head of animal behaviour at the home, said: “The fact sheets include simple tips to help owners identify the types of activities they should be thinking about before moving house, while moving and post move.
“These include such things as how to get your animals micro-chipped, finding pet hotels or kennels and how best to keep your dog or cat calm on moving day.”