Yes, we know. Pets are amazing. After all, a number of our team own one. They keep you company, they walk about with you, they play with you and they are generally a joy to have around. But, when you come to that stage where you’re attempting to pack everything you own into boxes and your 60 pound dog has destroyed the bubblewrap for the nth time, you can get pretty annoyed. And, let’s not even mention that you will need to get someone to take care of your pet while you are loading the moving truck, unless you own fish. Now, you’ve probably wondered as to what you should know about having a pet in Beverly Hills, so let us give you a quick guide as to rules and regulations of the State of California and the city of Beverly Hills and how your move with a pet will go.
Moving with a dog
The man’s best friend is truly a magnificent pet, as all the dog lovers will tell you. And, if you are moving with one, it will be just as hectic as you are imagining. We advise that you get someone who can take care of him/her while you are packing and loading, as well as when you are unloading in your new home. After you settle in, here are a few things that you should know regarding owning a dog after moving to Beverly Hills:
- Beverly Hills is very dog friendly – in fact, you will find a pooch in every other household, so don’t worry about your dog getting lonely. They have dogs of all sorts, breeds and sizes
- Beverly Hills requires your dog to be vaccinated – for both your and your dog’s safety, as well as the well-being of other pets it is required to keep them vaccinated. Also, getting a dog license will depend on the vaccination, as well.
- Your dog should be spayed or neutered – Beverly Hills requires that if your dog is over four months old, it should be spayed or neutered. There are exceptions to this law, for example if your dog is competing or holds a title (herding, agility etc.). But, you will need to obtain an intact dog license for that, as well, from the City.
- Your dog must be licensed in Beverly Hills and surrounding area – All dogs over four months of age must have a license and wear it on their collar securely when they leave their owner’s or guardian’s premises. This way, in case you lose your dog, the tag can be read and the pooch will be returned to you. If you notice a dog alone with a collar, you should look for a tag as well, so that you may return it to its owner. The number which you should call in this case is 888-452-7381, the number of your local Animal Shelter.
- Getting a dog license in the City of Beverly Hills – is fairly easy. After your move, your dog should be vaccinated and healthy, as well as spayed or neutered, unless he/she is an exception, and you ought to pay a small fee for the tag. The City of Los Angeles is responsible for issuing licenses for the City of Beverly Hills (since 2009) and you will need to prepare a copy of your vaccination and sterilization when applying. If you submit the original documents, they won’t be returned. You can find the fees which you need to pay on the Los Angeles Animal services website before or after you move (up to 55$ for a three year license)
- Some laws and rules as to how you should walk your dog in Beverly Hills:
- On leash – it isn’t permitted to have your dog off leash in the City, except in a dog park. The leash should be durable (able to control your dog) and have no more than six feet in length
- Pick it up – it is required by law to pick up the dog excrement after your pooch, so be sure to carry a baggy or two. There are cute holders for the bags which you can purchase either online or at your local pet store, which you can attach to the leash and carry with ease. The only exception to this law are the blind
- Not too many – you aren’t allowed to walk more than four dogs at once in Beverly Hills
And lastly, if you’re moving to Beverly Hills and you want to purchase or adopt a dog there, you have plenty of options!
Relocating to Beverly Hills with a cat
If you own a feline and you are moving to California, there really aren’t many rules to follow. We would only suggest, before we get on with the laws, that you consider getting someone to take care of your furball while you are packing and loading the moving van, as well as while you are unloading your things. This will prevent some of the usual damage that our feline pets are capable of doing during a move. Now, let us get on with the laws by which you will have to abide after your change of address:
- Beverly Hills requires that you keep your cat under control – basically, this means that you should have your pet indoors or on your property at all times, or under supervision. If you have your cat leaving the premises, it must be spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated. It will prevent your pet from getting ill and it will keep it safe
- Beverly Hills asks that you have only as much as you can handle – so, if you wish to own more than one cat, you may, but only if you can keep them all healthy and in a sanitary environment
- Owning a cat doesn’t require a license in Beverly Hills, but – after moving to your neighborhood in the City, we would advise you to read up on the local rules and regulations regarding cat licenses. While the City of Los Angeles doesn’t require a license for cat ownership, the Village of Beverly Hills does and your pet can be impounded unless it has proper identification
Moving to Beverly Hills with a horse
The City of Beverly Hills welcomes horses, as well, with only a few simple rules to follow:
- You must have a license for your equine – They are issued by the City of Los Angeles, for all breeds of horses, and range from 14$ per year to 35$ for a five year license
- You must keep your horse under control at all times – You should have a place indoors or on your property where your equine will be, if it is not being ridden or led by the owner/guardian
- The City of Beverly Hills requires that your horse is kept healthy – keep the vaccinations up to date
Relocating your exotic pet to Beverly Hills
Here is where we come to a problem, as California is known as one of the most rigorous states regarding exotic pet ownership. There is a long list of animals which you may not keep as a pet which you can access on the Born Free USA website, but let us list a few that you might’ve not expected to be on that page:
- Monk parakeets
- African clawed frogs
Hopefully, this guide has left you with less questions and more of a plan as to what you will do before and after you move to Beverly Hills with your pet!