Pets Are Inn Provides Even an Iguana
All the Comforts of Home
Scripps Howard News Service
That long-awaited winter vacation is at
hand. Everyone is excited except George, the Great Dane, and Frances, the ferret, who
prefer roaming at home to being confined in a strange cage.
Joan Christoph faced that pet owner dilemma several years ago before
moving to Lisbon, Wis., from Philadelphia. Contemplating a cruise, she remembers fretting
about leaving her three dogs behind in kennel cages.
So when she heard of Pets Are Inn, which arranges for pets to be cared
for in private homes, she and her husband, Allan, signed up for a franchise.
"I just love pets, love to take care of them," she
Apparently, so do other Waukesha and Milwaukee County residents.
Christoph says she has 74 people who take care of the pets in their own homes. Some have
pets of their own. Others used to and miss them.
As for her non-human clients, dogs and cats are most common, but there
have been birds, rabbits and ferrets.
Then there was the 5½-foot iguana. The problem was the he liked to
roam hallways, lie atop a couch and look out the window, even be cuddled.
"Lots of people are afraid of them," Christoph said. So she
cared for him herself, feeding him bananas by hand. Caretaker homes are screened and
matched with pet personalities regarding such details as their eating and sleeping habits.
Christoph says a typical daily care fee paid by a pet owner is $13 for
regular dogs or $14.75 for large ones.