About Petswelcome

Petswelcome.com was started in 1997 by Chris Kingsley and Fred Grayson, two passionate dog (or cat or both) owners who wanted to find pet-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts and inns that accept dogs, cats and other favorite creatures we didn't want to leave behind whenever we got the urge to hit the road, whether it be for pleasure or business.

Since those early days we've greatly expanded the site to include pet-friendly vacation rentals, cafes, bars and parks, as well as a pet friendly road trip planner that allows you to create your own itinerary with pet friendly properties along the way. We're also the only pet friendly travel site that allows you to search hotels by the type and size of pets you have, as well as the amount of pet fee a particular hotel charges. And you can save that information in our Petswelcome Passport Program so that anytime you do a search for a property, you don't have to wade through tons of hotels that don't match your pets' needs and your own preferences. We also give in-depth commentary about the places you want to visit, whether it is a city like Las Vegas or a vacation destination such as Cape Cod, the Outer Banks, the Upper Peninsula or dozens of other popular tourist sites. In addition, we also have you and your pet covered by enabling you to create a pet emergency evacuation plan so that you can find pet friendly hotels and, if need be, shelters at safe locations in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster such as hurricane occurring in your area.

Throughout the years, we have worked hard to make Petswelcome a reflection of our love for our pets in all their diversity, capturing their personalities, dignity, humor and quirks throughout the entire site. We understand, as only pet owners can, that pets are not just animals that live in our homes and whom we sometimes take on trips—they are a choice we make, a lifestyle, to enrich our everyday lives with their love, dedication, enthusiasm, endless good cheer and, yes, even occasional grumpiness.

We look forward to expanding the like-minded community of traveling pet owners by helping make it easier and more rewarding for you to take your pets anywhere.