If you and your family have pets, leaving them at home while on vacation can be difficult. Placing your animals in a kennel can be expensive, but it can be difficult to find someone for a pet sitting out of your home. Fortunately, there is a solution. Pet friendly hotels are gaining popularity in many cities.
Pet-friendly hotels allow travelers to bring their animal friends with them instead of boarding a kennel or hiring a caregiver to stay with them while traveling. These places are dedicated to making the animals feel comfortable and also give the owners a peaceful feeling knowing their animals are safe and well fed.
Some luxury establishments even treat animals as miniature VIPs, paying attention to their petting and pampering. For example, they may have a special menu of services in the animal room, leave toys in all the rooms, and provide special beds for dogs and cats to give the animals a comfortable sleep. The Seattle Hotel has a staff of psychiatrists, acupuncturists and massage therapists on staff to really pamper the pets that get there.
The California facility has a "Yappy Hour" where dog owners can bring their dogs to a special play area. These events are a great way for dogs to run around and get tired while their owners hang out. Some places have even employed "Animal Relations Directors" who plan special events and come up with new services and offers that make animals feel at home.
Some pet-friendly hotels also began providing replacement animals for those travelers who were forced to leave four-legged friends at home. For example, Burnham in Chicago began providing goldfish for guests, as did the SoHo Grand in New York. Some establishments have even started providing cats or dogs to guests who would like to be accompanied by animals during their stay. The goal is to make guests feel more at home and work to ease the pain that comes from leaving a beloved animal friend at home.
These pet-friendly hotels can accommodate dedicated pet lovers by requesting a non-refundable deposit of all guests who bring their animals with them. This allows them to provide additional services while also repairing the damage that animals can cause, such as chewing on furniture, scratching carpets or urinating in the room.