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Pet Friendly Hotels Provide Shelter
During Disasters
Knoxville, TN – May 5, 2004 – is responding to the need for safe shelter for pets and their owners during disasters. Disaster shelters, such as those set up by the Red Cross, cannot accept pets due to government health and safety regulations. is the first step in finding lodging facilities, such as hotels, motels, and inns, outside of their immediate area that are pet friendly before a disaster strikes. 

Mercedes Flett, President of the nonprofit animal welfare organization, United Animal Nations (UAN), explains, “With the country on heightened alert for terrorism, hurricane season on its way, and low rainfall in the West raising fears of another record fire season, now is the time to prepare.”

The usual animal care facilities can not be counted on either. Boarding kennels, veterinarians, and animal shelters are usually filled beyond capacity to meet the needs of displaced animals. allows pet owners to prepare a list of pet-friendly properties to keep on hand in the event that an unforeseen disaster occurs. 

In addition to finding pet-friendly accommodations, Mercedes Flett of UAN also stressed that people need to, “prepare a disaster kit for their animals today.” She suggests including a week’s supply of food, two weeks’ worth of water, and to make sure that their animals are always wearing a collar and tag. Owners should also include current photos of their animals, a week’s supply of any long-term medication and a first aid kit.

In order to raise awareness of the problem, UAN is sponsoring their 6th annual Don’t Leave Home Without Them Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (ADPD) on Saturday, May 15th. For more information about UAN, go to

About brings pet friendly travel options to traveling pet owners from the USA and abroad. The company Web site located at is a valuable tool in planning a successful pet-inclusive travel experience. The site lists high quality, pet friendly lodging state by state.

Brian Bailey
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Pet-Friendly Hotels Join to Reach Traveling Pet Owners / February 2004
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Pet-Friendly Properties Join And Expand Market Reach / January 2004
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