Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pet friendly motels for evacuees

Sometimes a disaster, such as the current wildfires, allows people time to evacuate and reserve at a motel. Finding accommodations can be a problem if you have animals.
Here is a quick guide to where your whole family is welcome.

Be aware that motels with a “no animal” restriction may suspend that during a local emergency. Fees at pet friendly motels may also be suspended if you ask.
Whenever you intend to travel with an animal, even when you know animals are welcome at a motel, you must tell the reservation clerk in advance. (Service dogs should be allowed at any motel.)
  • La Quinta. During an emergency, this is the chain that will fill up first because they are widely known for accepting animals without charging extra. Call 1-800-753-3757 and let the Reservation Sales Agent or front desk Sales Representative know that you are traveling with a pet.
  • Motel 6 allows animals with a $10.00 charge per day, capped at $50. Call 1-800-899-9841.
  • Best Western allows animals with some restrictions. Fees vary, and there may be no fee, but are capped at $20 per day and $100 per week. Again, any of this could change to accommodate evacuees and negotiation may be possible. Call 1-800-780-7234.
  • Super 8 will probably accept your dog or cat, but may charge a fee. It depends on the individual motel policy. Call 1-800-454-3213.
  • Choice Hotels include the well known motels: Comfort chain, Quality, Clarion and several others. Their website says many of their locations will allow animals. However, the fees and deposits may be prohibitive. You will just need to inquire at the individual motel. Reserve at 877-424-6423 for any of the motels in this chain.
Of course there are many independent motels that also accept people with animals. There are even motels that accommodate horses! The key is to book early before the pet friendly inexpensive motels are completely booked.