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Airport Pet Hotels

Airport Pet Hotels

Many pet owners enjoy traveling with their pets. Sometimes we must kennel our pet as it's not feasible or practical to take Fido or Fluffy with us, especially when we fly. So what's a pet owner to do? For the ultimate in convenience and luxury for air travelers, check out one of the growing number of airport pet hotels. Catering to the pampered pet whose owner wants only the highest quality, yet affordable pet accommodations, airport pet hotels are an innovative concept that is growing in popularity. Imagine parking your car and dropping off your pet at a single convenient location near an airport, after which you are immediately shuttled directly to the terminal. When you return from your trip, you can catch a shuttle back to the pet hotel facility at any hour of the day or night. No more waiting until the next day to pick up your pet!

What if your pet is traveling without you and needs a layover for a day or two before their next flight? Then be sure to check out airport pet hotels. Some facilities--such as Pet Paradise Resorts facilities in Houston (both Hobby and Bush International), Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte, can accommodate pets traveling without their owners. As long as arrangements are made in advance, these facilities will pick up your pet after the first leg of their trip, board them for as long as necessary, and deliver him safely to the terminal for their next flight.

Paradise 4 Paws operates pet hotels at Chicago (O'Hare and Midway), Denver and Dallas Fort Worth airports.

US cities with airport pet hotels include Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Charlotte, NC, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MO, Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. Although airports in Dallas, Denver, Louisville, and Miami have all considered on-site pet boarding facilities, Southwest Florida International Airport near Fort Myers, Florida is the only domestic airport that is currently moving ahead with plans for a new facility.

Airport pet hotels generally offer cage-free boarding, supervised doggy playtime, and real-time web cam access so traveling pet owners can check in on their pets. Other amenities at an additional cost might include spa services, pool playtime, doggy or kitty treats, grooming, vet visits, dog training, daycare, or private suites equipped with flat-screen TVs. Since our feline friends prefer quieter environments, airport pet hotels usually house cats in kitty condos that are separated from their canine counterparts.

These convenient, affordable facilities are usually open 24/7 so pet owners can easily coordinate drop-off and pick-up around their flight schedules. Most offer parking and shuttle service to and from the terminal. We recommend that potential airport pet hotel customers tour the facility before making a reservation.

So next time you fly, why not make it easier on yourself and try out an airport pet hotel? You will not only enjoy convenience and peace of mind while you travel, but your pet will have lots of fun, too!

Current airport pet hotels:

Pet Paradise Resort

Locations at Jacksonville International Airport, Charlotte International Airport, New Orleans International Airport, Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Houston Hobby Airport.

All dogs are housed in spacious, climate-controlled indoor-outdoor suites with automatically filled water bowls. Plush bedding and toys are provided. Web cams are available to check on your pets. Your dog will enjoy five playtimes a day, including a dip in the bone-shaped pool for dogs aquatically inclined. Play areas are equipped with synthetic grass to eliminate the need for pesticides. Luxury upgrades include the Presidential Suite where your pet can view DVDs on a flat screen TV; ice cream treats; extra playtime; and one-on-one play with a staff member. Doggie daycare and grooming services are available.

Cats are housed in a separate area of the facility. Peaceful and private 6-level cat condos have calming music piped in to create a soothing, spa-like environment. Large condos are available to accommodate cat families or individual cats that enjoy their space. Plush bedding and toys are provided.

Parking and shuttle service varies by location. All facilities have 24/7 drop-off and pick-up and on-call veterinarian. All Pet Paradise facilities are Category 3 Hurricane Safety rated. Boarding rates vary by location, but range from $25-$35 per day for dogs and $18-$22 per day for cats.

Paradise 4 Paws - Chicago and Denver

Paradise 4 Paws is located at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

This facility is staffed by American Boarding Kennel Association certified professionals. Private state-of-the-art, climate-controlled accommodations are large, clean, quiet, and well appointed with comfortable bedding, soothing music, and soft lighting. Real-time web cam access allows pet owners to monitor their dog or cat.

Dogs can enjoy a private suite that overlooks the play yard or pool, or they can sleep in a slumber party lounge. Large indoor grass areas for playtime, fully equipped with water hydrants. A bone-shaped pool will keep your dog active and fit.

Cats have bungalows in a private gated community that are equipped with window perches. There are personal aquariums in select suites to satisfy feline curiosity. Cats also have access to the Adventure Jungle, where they can explore and frolic. All cat bungalows overlook the Adventure Jungle.

Parking and shuttle service is available. Pet pick-up and drop-off is available from the terminal. Service is provided 24/7. Daycare, spa services, dog training, massage therapy, pet portraits, and vet visits are available at additional cost. Boarding rates range from $50-$80 per day for dogs and $30-$40 per day for cats.

Wag Atlanta

Wag Atlanta is located a couple of miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 2 blocks from airport parking.

This is a full service pet resort offering dog boarding (first day is free), luxury suites, 24/7 hours, late check out, doggy daycare, splash pools and lots of playtime.

Now Boarding

Located at the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport, this boarding facility boasts an indoor pool, training areas and outdoor play areas. It also offers free parking and free shuttle services to the airport.

This facility is an affiliate of the Animal Humane Society. Net proceeds support AHS core programs.

Climate-controlled dog suites with individual indoor and outdoor runs. Every dog has 20-30 minutes of personal attention every day. Amenities include pet bedding, relaxing music, glass windows, comfy beds, and automatic water dishes. Doggy daycare, additional playtime, pool playtime, spa services, dog training, grooming, ice cream treats, and treat-filled Kongs available at extra charge.

Cats are housed in spacious condos. All cats are offered daily playtime in the cat atrium where they can climb and explore.

Now Boarding can accommodate a limited number of small animals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and birds.

Parking and shuttle service is available. Twenty four hour drop-off and pick-up is provided. Boarding rates range from $32-$42 per day for dogs. Cats are $20 per day and small critters are $10 per day.

PJ's Pet Ranch

PJ's Ranch is located north of the SeaTac Airport at the south end of North SeaTac Park. All types of pets are welcomed including cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, birds and exotic pets.

Dogs are boarded in individual,heated kennels, each with their own private run. All dogs are cleaned and fed once, twice or three times daily depending on their needs. Bedding is washed often.

Cats are housed in individual or multiple heated pens which are very roomy.

Pet drop-off and pick-up service is available. Leashed walks or playtime are also available at extra cost.

Adorable Pet Lodge

Adorable Pet Lodge is located near the Sea-Tac International Airport and offers boarding, day care and grooming services for dogs, cats and other small "critters."

Their dog kennels are heated and dogs have access to individual outdoor areas with fresh cedar shavings. Cats and other small animals are housed inside a heated building.

All animals are given much attention. Their accommodations are cleaned daily. High protein food offered; however, you can bring your pet's food.

Dogs over 6 months cost $29.00 per day (puppies are $33.00). Cats are $20.00 and daycare is $22.00.

Other airports are realizing the revenue potential and the convenience airport pet hotels offer their travelers.

If you need to kennel your pets while you fly, airport pet hotels are an alternative if you have an abnormal flight schedule do not have a pet sitter or a local boarding facility available.