Pets Are Inn

Pets Are Inn: Our Process

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Pets Are Inn makes special arrangements for your pet that far surpass the offerings of a traditional kennel. We carefully screen animal loving individuals and families to care for your dog/cat(s). These “Host Families” take your 4-legged companion into their home and give them the personal attention they are used to ... lots of love, petting, playing, walking, a warm comfortable place to sleep, and of course, the food you provide, served when and the way your pet likes it.

The only time your pet is put in a “kennel/crate” is if you provide one for sleeping and/or confinement when gone.

Your “Host Family” does their best to ensure that your dog/cat has a happy and pampered stay because we know your special family member deserves the best! There is no shortage of love and attention in our homes!

How It Works

Reservations are required and we ask that you allow ample time for us to make the property boarding arrangements. We recommend that you call earlier than normal for major holidays. When you make the decision to utilize our service, we will conduct an interview to collect the necessary information about your cat or dog’s habits and idiosyncrasies. (We routinely update this information when you board your pet in the future.) Based on this information, carefully match your pet’s individual needs with the right “Host Family.” On the dates specified, we transport your pet to and from its home-away-from-home. Your pet’s “Host Family” is provided information taken during the interview regarding feeding and exercise schedules, medication needs, and home life routine. You may send favorite toys, blankets, and treats that will help your pet settle in more quickly along with food bowls and leash. In the case of cats, there litter box and favorite litter.

Shot Requirements...

You are welcome to share additional information about dog/cat(s) habits in a personal note or letter to the “Host Family.” Written instructions for medications are a must. Written Instructions for medications are a must. Pets Are Inn requires current vaccinations (DHPL, PARVO, RABIES) for both cats and dogs. Please have your pet’s shots updated and have a vet’s certification handy when we pick up the pet. We will verify due dates with your vet. If your pet has allergic reactions to vaccinations (other than rabies) we honor the titers test results. Normally, it takes about 6 weeks to obtain titers testing results.

What If...

Pets Are Inn has taken steps to make your pet’s stay a healthy and happy one. However, there is always the chance that your pet could become ill.

If medical attention is required, we will contact your veterinarian whenever possible. If circumstances require more immediate action, we will contact the veterinarian closest to your pet’s “Host Family.” We have established affiliations with highly qualified veterinarians throughout the area. This ensures access to medical treatment 24 hours a day.

Our Host Families...

Occasionally we get requests to “see the home our pet will be staying in.” We cannot subject our “Host Families” to an interview and inspection for every pet we bring to them. We have already done that for you. Each family is thoroughly interviewed for attitudes towards pets and the amount of time spent at home and time to devote to a visitor. Their home and yard are also inspected for cleanliness and safety. Many of our “Host Families” are retired persons, stay-at-home moms, individuals who work from home and in some cases those who work full time. They enjoy the companionship of pets and are interested in providing your pet a comfortable home-away-from-home. Because we visit the home each time we pick-up or drop-off a pet, we monitor for cleanliness and most importantly attitude.

What to Send...

To avoid potential negative effects of diet changes, the owner is to supply an adequate amount of food and treats for the pet’s stay. Our “Host Family” will carefully follow your feeding instructions and respect your wishes regarding table food. We ask that you send bowls, toys, bedding (sorry, your bed will not fit in our van!), a leash that is in good condition without tears and fraying, walking collar, if used, should be sent. Grooming toys are also welcome. For cats, in addition, to the above, litter, pan and scoop. If your cat is not de-clawed, then strongly recommend that you send a scratching post or mat.

Transportation Provided...

As previously mentioned, we provide round trip pick-up and delivery for your pet(s). We find our customers are best served by having a pick-up and delivery “period” rather than an exact “clock time” arrangement. Transportation is scheduled for the block of time that most closely matches your departure and return times during a period that is convenient to both parties.

Our Pricing

There are Lodging and Transportation fees. The actual costs for lodging and transportation vary with location.

Lodging Rates

Lodging fees are based on the size and age of your dog and a rate for cats.

Pick up times in the AM are charged a full day’s lodging rate while PM pick ups are charged the ½-day lodging rate. Return times in the PM are charged a full day’s lodging rate while AM return times are charged a ½-day lodging rate.

There is an additional fee for puppies (up to 18-24 months) and for special needs i.e. geriatric care, insulin shots, etc. Rates vary between locations.

Transportation Rates

There is a round trip transportation fee. The specific amount varies between locations.

Our fees are competitively priced when comparing the level of service you and your furry family member are provided.

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Pets Are Inn, Inc. is a Pet Business Corporation offering Pet Business Franchises, where each Franchises provides loving pet boarding in pre-screened, approved host family homes. Franchises are available throughout the United States.

Caring for pets since 1982, Pets Are Inn is the "#1 Alternative for Boarding Your Pet While You're Away " with "All the Comforts of Home."


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