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Traveling with multiple animals

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Specializes in ICU/ER/CARDIAC CATH LAB. Has 32 years experience.

Ok, I know you'll all think I'm nuts (so do I) but over the years I have aquired several animals. I worked with a rescue group and adopted a dog I was fostering which brought me to 3 dogs (all large). I had 2 cats in Texas. Then I found 2 in the garbage and couldn't find them homes. Then the flood of 2001 in Houston and I found a kitten drowning. Then the last cat was found in a trap - she was sick and I didn't think she'd survive. But she did. So now I have 3 large dogs and 6 healthy cats. Yah man!!!! I can't kill animals! But I promised myself no more cause I'm to my absolute limit!

I want to go back to Travel Nursing again. Last time I travelled I had 2 dogs and 3 cats. That was tough enough. Any suggestions on which company I could use? (and don't say the Humane Society:rotfl: ).

Help!

Thanks,

Eilleen.:coollook:

Dixielee, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 38 years experience.

I think it might be more of a function of which city you go to rather than the company you travel with. If you go to a town where house rentals with fenced yards who allow animals are plentiful, you are in luck. Just take your housing allowance and find your own place. But you may have to commit to 6 months to get a house. Most apartments will not allow that many animals, and it is not fair to the animals to be cooped up in an apartment anyway. If you want to go to Hawaii, some places in Alaska, or San Francisco, you may be out of luck. Housing would be cost prohibitive with the animals. Hawaii has a long quarantine time, Alaska houses a lot of nurses in hospital housing, San Fran, NY City, D.C.etc. are going to be too expensive or you will have to go so far out of the city, the commute may not be worth it.

Tucson, Phoenix, Asheville, NC, Oklahoma City, are a few of the places I have been where you can rent a house reasonably close to work, good prices and allow dogs. It can be done, it just requires a little more planning and work. But it is worth it to keep "the family" together!

madore57

Specializes in ICU/ER/CARDIAC CATH LAB. Has 32 years experience.

I think it might be more of a function of which city you go to rather than the company you travel with.

Thanks Dixie, that really helps!:)

Eilleen.

Dixielee, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 38 years experience.

I forgot to mention that I travel with my 3 "boys", 2 labs and a dobe mix...and a hubby as well. I do have a funny story about traveling with dogs. This happened to my hubby and his former wife many years ago. He said they had lived in Alaska for a several years and the dogs would run and play, then scoop up a mouthful of snow to quench their thirst. They moved to Arizona and of course the dogs liked the way the warm sand felt on their feet...but he said the first time they went running, after a while, they scooped up a mouthful of the sand! Poor dogs, wondered why that snow was so dry!! He said the doggy expressions were priceless.

madore57

Specializes in ICU/ER/CARDIAC CATH LAB. Has 32 years experience.

Too funny!:rotfl: Eilleen.

kat29

Specializes in MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU,. Has 8 years experience.

Im thinking about selling the house and buying a large RV to travel with...I know youd be cramped but If youre the camping type you'd have your house with you and could maybe keep it at a campground that allows animals. Youd be amazed how much space and luxury there are in new motorhomes with slideouts. Ive lived in apartments smaller than some of these RVs!

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

That's what I'd like to do when the kids are all out of the house......buy an RV, take my hubby and our animals on the road and work as a travel nurse. It sounds like a lot of fun, but of course it's one of those things I'll probably never do because I have this thing about stability :rolleyes:

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