Pet-Friendly Lodging Profile: Sandbridge Realty

One of the things that can make or break a vacation when traveling with pets is the accommodation. Not all “pet-friendly lodging” is created equally, so at PetsWelcome we thought we’d start highlighting properties that take being pet-friendly very seriously. If you own or know of a property – a hotel, vacation rental, B&B, etc. – that should be profiled here, let us know!

Today, we’re learning more about Sandbridge Beach Vacation Rentals from Lisa Roland, who is the Sandbridge Realty marketing director.

Tell us about your property. Where is it located? What’s nearby to do/see? What time of year is best for a visit?
Our beach vacation rentals are located in Sandbridge, in the southern part of Virginia Beach.

Many of our guests that bring their pets take them to the beach for long walks in the morning and also in the late afternoon. The best time of the year to bring a dog to Virginia Beach would be in the spring and early summer, and then again in the fall. Basically before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. There are some rules and regulations that the city posts for bringing your dog to the beach, such as leash lawas and time you can walk your dog. In the off-seasons, the regulations are less stringent. The other advantage is the weather is more pleasant for a dog, as high summer temperatures are not well tolerated by many breeds.

You can take your dog to one of many close city parks, there is a dog park, and you can take your pet to the resort area of Virginia Beach and stroll along the boardwalk.

What makes your property pet-friendly? What else about your location makes this a great place to vacation with a pet?
Currently Sandbridge Realty offers over forty homes that are “pet-friendly.” Some of our pet-friendly homes offer either fenced-in yards or deck areas with gates. Sandbridge Realty also gives your dog a little gift upon checkin – we want your furry friend to have a great vacation, too!

Many many of our guests send us photos of their vacation with their dog playing in the sand. We love to see the smiles and wagging tails!

What else about your location makes this a great place to vacation with a pet?
One of the nicest features of Sandbridge is the lack of big businesses and traffic. It is the perfect vacation destination to truly relax with all of your family members! The two main streets are low speed zones, too, which makes for a pleasant walking or jogging experience for you and your dog.

More about Virginia Beach, from PetsWelcome:
Virginia Beach is a resort city on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s on the southern part of the Virginia coast, right on the border with North Carolina. This is no sleepy beach town – Virginia Beach is actually Virginia’s most populous city – but it remains a popular draw for visitors seeking great beaches, a year-round temperate climate, and easy access to everything one needs on vacation. The beach is obviously the main draw, but if you’re looking for other things to do you can check out the 18th century Cape Henry Lighthouse, see several beautiful state parks and wildlife refuges, spend some time kayaking or fishing, have fun in a 19-acre water park, go golfing at any of the eight public courses in Virginia Beach, and visit the unique Mount Trashmore Park, a recreational park built on top of an old landfill.

Learn more about the pet-friendly properties available from Sandbridge Realty by clicking on “Rentals” and choosing “Pets” from the list of amenities.

Winter Travel With Pets

Winter is a popular travel season in the United States – the weather is cold but great and the kids are out of school on break, making it an ideal time to pack up the family and head for the ski resorts or if you like warmer places, the sunny beach front resorts in warmer climates.

Winter is also an excellent time to take a trip that includes the family pet, especially if they love being out in the colder climates and playing in the snow.

No matter what the weather’s like outside your window right now, there’s no reason you can’t start dreaming – and planning – for next winter’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the winter, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the winter months like pet parades, photos with Santa, and other fun winter events.

Winter Pet Travel Tips

Planning ahead can reduce stress and save time. Don’t forget the following items before you head out:

  1. Winterizing your car – keep all chemicals such as anti-freeze away from your pets. They may ingest some of it and can become incredibly ill.
  2. Medication – make sure you have enough of it for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up refills for your pet before you head out.
  3. Kennels and carriers – some places require that your pet be in a carrier or crate when left alone. A kennel is also a safe way to travel for your pet. Airlines have size restrictions for kennels that can travel in cabin. Check about restrictions and policies of the airline before booking.
  4. Never leave your pet in the car – the air in the car doesn’t circulate and the temperature can drop within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening.
  5. Rest stop areas mean everyone gets a break – take your dog out for a walk, offer some water and a snack.
  6. Identification – make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.
  7. Clean up after your pet – bring plastic bags, litter, or bedding. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your pet.
  8. Vet records – bring a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof of your pet’s vaccines.
  9. Find the local emergency vet – know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your pet becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.
  10. Wipe the paws of your pet when coming inside from a walk – ice, debris, and chemicals to de-ice the sidewalks can become trapped between your dog’s toes and in the fur. If your dog licks his feet, he could become ill. Plus ice tangled in fur can be painful.

For more winter tips check out our articles:
Keep Your Pet Safe During Winter
Antifreeze: Toxic to Pets
Winter Pet Tips: Keeping Your Pets Warm and Dry

Winter Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! If you know of an event for dogs, cats, horses, parrots, guinea pigs or anything else that you think should be added to our lists, please let us know!

Image from Oklahoma Alliance for Animals

Pet-Friendly Lodging Profile: Carolina Designs Realty

One of the things that can make or break a vacation when traveling with pets is the accommodation. Not all “pet-friendly lodging” is created equally, so at PetsWelcome we thought we’d start highlighting properties that take being pet-friendly very seriously. If you own or know of a property – a hotel, vacation rental, B&B, etc. – that should be profiled here, let us know!

Today, we’re learning more about Carolina Designs Realty from Ryan Thibodeau, who works in the company’s social media and marketing department.

Dogs enjoying a Carolina Designs pet-friendly pool!

Tell us about your property. Where is it located? What’s nearby to do/see? What time of year is best for a visit?
We’re a vacation rental property management company located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our vacation rentals are in resort beach areas in the towns of Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head in the northeastern corner of the state. We have visitors year-round, predominantly in the summer months, but we also experience a large volume of guests during the spring and fall shoulder seasons.

What makes your property pet-friendly? What else about your location makes this a great place to vacation with a pet?
Our company has over 325 luxury vacation rental homes in our program, many of which are oceanfront homes, and 114 of which are pet-friendly. Our beaches are clean and typically low density.

More about the Outer Banks, from PetsWelcome:
The Outer Banks is a stretch of narrow islands just off the coast, extending 200 miles from North Carolina up into Virginia. It’s a popular tourist draw for many reasons, not least of which are its lovely beaches – many of which are dog-friendly. This is also where the Wright brothers took their first successful flight in 1903, so you can incorporate a bit of history into your beach holiday with a stop at the Wright Brothers National Monument. There are several other state parks and wildlife refuge areas worth checking out on the Outer Banks, too, and some of them are pet-friendly as well.

Learn more about the pet-friendly properties available from Carolina Designs Realty by clicking on “Homes by Amenities” and selecting “Pet Friendly Homes.”

The Carolina Designs staff, ready to help with your pet-friendly vacation.

Summer Travel with Pets

Summer is easily the most popular travel season in the United States – the weather is reliably great and the kids are out of school, making it an ideal time to pack up the family and head for the hills. Or the beach. Or the forest. (You get the idea.)

Summer is also an excellent time to take a trip that includes the family pet, since good weather means you and your four-legged friends get to spend time outdoors.

No matter what the weather’s like outside your window right now, there’s no reason you can’t start dreaming – and planning – for next summer’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the summer, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the summer months, from pet parades to dog washes to wine tastings, so you can plan to include the furry members of your family in some of the summer fun.

Summer Pet Travel Tips

Summer is a busy travel season anyway, so when you plan to travel with a pet you need to make doubly sure you’ve done your homework – arriving in a town where there’s no vacancy at the pet-friendly hotel and all the other rooms are booked for the night is no way to have a relaxing summer vacation. Here are some tips to help make your summer travels fun and memorable for you and your pet.

Identification

Make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.

Research and Obey Local Laws

Be aware of local leash laws when you travel – you can’t assume every town loves your dog as much as you do. Find out where the pet friendly beaches and other pet friendly places are in the towns you’re visiting so you know where you can go without leaving your furry friends behind.

Clean Up After Your Pet

Bring plastic bags, litter, or bedding. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your pet. It’s both common sense, and courteous to the places you’re visiting.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

On sunny and warm days, the air in the car doesn’t circulate and the temperature can rise within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening. Even if the windows are cracked, cars heat up quickly and your pet can be in danger.

Watch for Heatstroke

Even if you don’t keep your pet in a hot car, hot summer weather can still be bad for your pet’s health – find out about the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs, and how you can prevent it.

Vet Records

Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof of your pet’s vaccines.

Medication

Make sure you have enough of it for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up refills for your pet before you head out.

Kennels and Carriers

Some places require that your pet be in a carrier or crate when left alone. A kennel is also a safe way to travel for your pet. Airlines have size restrictions for kennels that can travel in cabin. Check about restrictions and pet air travel policies of the airline before booking.

Rest Stop Areas Mean Everyone Gets a Break

Take your dog out for a walk, offer some water and a snack. Be sure you’ve got plenty of water around for both you and your pets, especially on hot days.

Practice Water Safety

Just because your dog loves the water doesn’t mean he always knows its dangers! Keep an eye on your pet around water, especially when it’s an unfamiliar place. Animals won’t know about fast-moving currents, how tired they can get if they swim out too far (or for too long), and potentially-poisonous water sources, among other things. If your pet will be in and out of water often on your trip, bring along a life-jacket for him or her, too. Here are a few more swimming safety tips for pets.

Sunblock is for Pets, Too

Did you know that animals can get sunburned, too? This is especially true for animals with light-colored skin. If that describes your pet, talk to your vet about getting some pet-safe sunscreen and then be sure to use it (particularly on areas like the nose and ears).

Keep Summer Bugs Away

Summer is high travel season, and it’s also a high bug season. Things like fleas, ticks, and even heartworm can be more of an issue for your pets in the summer, so take precautions against them before you leave home.

Poisonous Summer Plants

You might know exactly which plants not to grow at your house, because they’re poisonous to your animals, but when you travel – all bets are off. Try to be alert when your pet is eating greenery you’re unfamiliar with, especially in the summer when the whole world seems like it’s in bloom. Here are some summer plants that are poisonous to animals.

Find the Local Emergency Vet

Know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your pet becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodation and Activities

Before you leave home, you can find out about a variety of pet-friendly events going on in and around the places you’ll be visiting on your trip, and you can also make sure you’re booking stays at hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that allow pets – all right here on PetsWelcome.com!

Summer Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! – so if you know of an event for dogs, cats, horses, parrots, guinea pigs or anything else that you think should be added to our lists, please let us know!

photo by newandrew on Flickr

6 Tips For Safe Bird Travel

Before you hit the road for that awesome vacation, remember that not everyone in the house can just jump in the car and go like you. Your pets, especially your bird, need some extra TLC and security when traveling in a car.

Here are 6 tips for a safe trip with your bird:

  1. Pack enough food, toys, and other supplies you’ll need to keep your bird’s cage clean while you’re away. Look up the phone number and address of the vet near where you staying that treats birds. Planning ahead can reduce stress if your bird becomes ill or injured while you’re away.
  2. When making pit stops or taking breaks for lunch, take your bird out of the car too but leave it in the carrier or cage so s/he doesn’t get away. If you have one, use the avian harness if your bird needs to spread its wings and get some exercise.
  3. The carrier that your bird is traveling needs to be secure and should be firmly belted in the backseat. Carriers aren’t very heavy and a sudden stop could propel the carrier and your bird onto the floor of the car or hit your seat. The front seat is not recommended in case you are in an accident and the air bag in the passenger seat goes off. Do not let your bird fly around the car, that is distracting and your bird could end up poking around under the brake and gas pedals.
  4. During the drive, if your bird seems to be stressed, talking can help soothe the anxiety s/he is feeling. You can also try putting a sheet over the cage, but let some light in. Birds that are in the dark can sometimes stumble or fall off the perch if the carrier moves or jostles with the rhythms of the car.
  5. Keep the temperature of the car comfortable for you, your passengers, and your bird. Driving with the windows open might feel nice for you, but your pet may not appreciate the blasts of winds in the backseat. Also, if you smoke, do not smoke in the car with your pets.
  6. When you get your destination, set up your bird’s cage in a secure place, make sure it’s not near any dangers like smoke, a window, or near air fresheners. If you are staying with friends who have cats or dogs, find a space that’s out of their reach so that your bird is safe.

Your bird can read your mannerisms and body language. Try to retain a sense of calmness and relax during the trip. Even if your bird isn’t ready to be completely social and act like s/he does at home, it helps reduce anxiety.

Have a safe trip!

photo by C.P.Storm

Pet Friendly Car Rental Agencies

A trip can be fun. A trip with your pet is even more fun. If you’re like me and live in a city, you may not have a car and renting is the only option for road trips. There are quite a few pet friendly car rental agencies. Some charge additional fees and others have strict terms and conditions regarding pets who ride in the car, such as must be in a carrier or must clean the car and not leave pet hair on the seats.

A number of the rental companies do not have their pet policy on their websites, so it is best to call and make a reservation and double check their policy guidelines.

Here are several car rental companies that have pet-friendly policies:

Advantage
800-777-5500
Pets are allowed to ride in the vehicles with no additional fees. You are responsible for any damage caused by your pets, and to avoid cleaning charges return the car clean and free of pet hair and debris.

Alamo-Rent-A-Car Reservations
877-222-9075
Pets are allowed to ride in the vehicles with no additional fees. All vehicles should be returned clean, free of pet hair and debris.

Avis Rent-A-Car
800-230-4898
Pets are allowed to ride in vehicles with no additional fees. Pet travel policies may vary by location, so call and confirm before renting. All vehicles must be returned clean and free of pet hair, dirt, and debris. If your pet can travel in a carrier it is recommend to use one. Proper pet restraintsts such as car harnesses are also strongly recommended.

Budget Rent-A-Car
800-527-0700
Housebroken pets are allowed to travel in a Budget car. The cars must be clean, free of pet hair, smells, and stains upon return to avoid additional charges of damage or special cleaning.

Dollar Rent A Car
800-800-4000
Pets are allowed to ride in vehicles with no additional fees. When returning the car, make sure it is free of pet hair to avoid cleaning charges.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
800-261-7331
Pet policies differ by location but most locations allow pets in the vehicles, as long as they are confined to a carrier. Call central reservations to determine the policy for your rental location and fees they may charge.

Hertz
800-654-3131
Housebroken pets are allowed to ride in vehicles with no additional fees. The cars should be returned clean and free of pet hair to avoid damage or special cleaning fees.

National Car Rental
877-222-9058
Pets are allowed to ride for no additional fee. You are responsible for any damage caused by the pet, and to avoid cleaning charges, cars should be returned clean and free of pet hair.

Thrifty
800-400-8877
Pet policies differ by location. Call central reservations to determine the policy for your rental location.

When you check in, be sure to let the representative know that you’re traveling with your pet. Safe Travels!

Image from Allstate.com

On the Road

We’re planning a road trip from Connecticut to North Carolina in the next month or so, and we’re taking our two dogs, Lola and Charlie (yes we know about the kid’s show, Charlie and Lola, which is why I reversed their names here). Lola is a 12 1/2 year old Gordon Setter and Charlie (4 years old) is everything else, with long lashes that’ll make most women weep with jealousy.

When Chris and I started petswelcome.com, it was so we could find pet-friendly lodgings for ourselves and our pets and other pet owners—and 15 years ago there were only a comparative handful. Now we have almost 35,000 pet-friendly venues throughout the world.

We’re taking our laptop (and smartphones) along so we can always find a pet-friendly hotel on www.petswelcome.com.  In addition, we know if there’s a problem with one of the dogs, we can always consult our list of Emergency Vets along the way.

Our final planning will be to consult our Search by Route application on our site. All you have to do is put in your Departure city and your Destination city, and not only will it plot your trip on a map, the pet-friendly hotels will show up along the route. Our first stop will likely be Washington, DC and we’ve already found a number of available pet-friendly hotels there.

But first things first: What do we take with us to make sure our pets are safe and healthy? Here’s a partial list that everyone can use.

  • Identification on their collars, including name and contact numbers.
  • If your pet has a microchip, make sure it’s updated with your current contact information.
  • Medical Records including their current conditions and any medicines you’ll need.
  • If you have a proof of vaccinations (especially Rabies), take that along with you.
  • Collar and leash
  • Crate, if your pet still needs one.
  • Bedding and/or blankets, and towels for those rainy days or swimming in a lake.
  • Combs and brushes and other grooming supplies.
  • Toys (don’t forget that on a long trip, they’re going to get bored.
  • Food (dry and/or canned), along with their bowls. We take a mat along to go underneath the water bowls to keep the floors dry.
  • Dog ramp. Lola has trouble jumping into the back of our SUV, so I have to lift her into it. The ramp we have weighs more than she does so I’m looking for a lightweight one. (Any suggestions?)
  • Water for the car trip. We used to bring water from home when we traveled so they’d have familiar water, but as soon as we reached our destination, they’d jump into the lake, or start sipping from a puddle.
  • Appropriate first-aid kit. We have long-haired dogs so we make sure we have tweezers for those pesky ticks.
  • Don’t forget those monthly items like Heart Guard or Frontline, or whatever other protection you use.

This is just a partial list, and you have to take whatever makes sense for your dog (or cat). Hopefully we’ll have room for our own luggage—although in the last several years we only take carry-ons. (More about that in another blog.)

As we travel, I’ll try to blog about where we are and what we’re doing, and about how the dogs are enjoying the trip.

If you have suggestions about what to take with you when taking a road trip, let us know. We welcome your feedback.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Savannah, GA

Heading on a vacation to Savannah, Ga and looking for places to stay that you and your best friend are allowed to stay? There are many fun things to do in Savannah and some very dog friendly parks, hiking trails, and cafes to check out. Here are some pet friendly hotels where you and your buddy can sleep after an exciting day of exploring the city.

Staybridge Suites Historic District Hotel is located at 301 East Bay Street in Savannah, Ga and rates start at $100 a night depending on the time of year. The hotel accepts up to two pets that are under 50 lbs. for an additional fee of $75 for a stay up to 6 nights or $150 for a stay that is over 7 days. Policies may change so ask before completing your reservation. The hotel is located at Bay and Lincoln Streets which is just 11 miles from the airport and near the Historic River Street and Savannah History Museum. The hotel has a 24 hour fitness center, parking lot, and internet. It is the perfect place for you and your dog and near a park for those morning and late night walks. Check-in time is 3pm and Check-out time is 12pm.

For reservations please call 1-800-225-1237.

Olde Harbour Inn is located at 508 East Factors Walks and allows up to two pets that are medium to small per room for an additional $40.00 a day. Rates start at $180 a night depending on the time of year. There are 8 pet friendly suites in the hotel and it is nestled between River Street and Factor’s Walk. The hotel was built in 1892 and was once a bluff-side warehouse overlooking the Savannah River. Now it’s a great elegant place for you to vacation with your best buddy. There is a daily continental breakfast, wine and cheese in the evening, and sightseeing tours that can be booked with the staff at the front desk.

For reservations please call 1-800-553-6533.

The Thunderbird Inn
is located at 611 W. Oglethorpe Ave and rates start at $75 a night depending on the time of year. The inn allows up to two pets that are medium to small for an extra fee of $50 a night. This hotel is fine with having cats stay so if you are traveling or driving across the country with your feline in the car, she can stretch her legs here. The inn provides pet beds, dishes, and treats for their VIP furry guests. Dog owners will receive a complimentary map of downtown Savannah upon checking in of cafes, restaurants, and other areas that are pet friendly. It is conveniently located near everything including the Civic Center, Savannah College of Art, and River Street. The inn was built in 1964 and is known as the hippest hotel in Savannah with 42 guest rooms, continental breakfast, and moon pies. Yes, moon pies.

For reservations please call 912-232-2661.

Photo courtesy of Olde Harbour Inn

Dog Friendly: Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a beach city in southern San Luis Obispo County and has adopted the name of “Clam Capital of the World.” Every October the city holds a clam festival with food competitions and a clam-themed parade. It’s a great place to getaway from the day to day and even better, you can bring your pup!

The Cliffs Resort is located at 2757 Shell Beach Road and rates start at $180 a night. They allow up to two dogs of any size and weight to stay for $50 a pet. They even have a pet amenities package that comes with a pet bed, some treats, and a water bowl. The resort is located on a cliff 150 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The resort is 1 mile from the beach and each room has a patio or balcony to take in the view. The dog beds are big and fluffy, the room service even includes a menu for your pup, and there are puppy play rooms located in the resort for your dog to make some new friends. Your pet must be up-to-date with vaccines so don’t forget to bring a copy of your last vet visit with vaccine dates on it and make sure your dog has ID on her/his collar at all times. When making your reservation, let them know that you will be bring your dog.

For more information call (805) 773-5000.

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa is a boutique hotel that will treat you like royalty located at 2727 Shell Beach Road. It has luxury rooms that are spacious with walk-in closets, dining rooms, and a spa that will help you get those stress tension muscle knots out. Your best buddy is welcome with an extra fee of $65 a night. Rates change depending on the season and timing, so check when making a reservation. Your pet will be spoiled while at Dolphin Bay with their own fluffy pet bed, water bowl, and special treats. While your dog is in common areas, they ask that s/he be on leash and not in the rooms when housekeeping is replacing towels and tidying up.

For more information and to reserve a room call (805) 773-4300.

Sandcastle Inn is located at 100 Stimson Ave with rates starting $140 a night. They allow up to 2 dogs of any size or weight for an additional $20 a night per pet. There are a limited number of pet rooms available, so definitely call and make a reservation. It’s a nice quiet hotel that is near several activities such as golf courses, restaurants, horseback riding, near wineries, and surfing. There is a fitness center located in the resort and it’s a great beach hotel. Dogs are allowed on the beach and in common areas as long as they are on leash. They also have a daily continental breakfast. If you’re looking for a quaint stay where you can keep it simple, this is the place!

For more information and to reserve a room call (805) 773-2422.

Photo courtesy of Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

Pet Events for February 4, 2012

There are a lot of events being planned for the month of February in different cities. The first weekend of February is packed with events alone! If you’re near any of these cities, consider checking out one of the following and bring the family:

Dog Bowl is a free event being held on February 4, 2012 from 10am to 3pm in Hollywood, Florida at Ty Park located at 3300 North Park Road. It’s an all day event where your dog can play games and win prizes. There will be bobbing for hot dogs, a race, and contests such as Best Dressed Dog and Owner/Dog Look Alike. If you have been working with your dog towards earning the Canine Good Citizen certificate and feel ready, you can sign up for the test and take it at Dog Bowl. There will also be vendors, rescue groups, and food for you and your pup. For more information call 954-646-3876.

If you’re in Santa Clara, Ca on February 4, 2012, go to the Bay Area Pet Expo! It’s free and runs from 10am to 6pm at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds Expo Hall located at 344 Tully Road. Aside from demonstrations of obedience, agility, and training for tv shows and movies, Shorty will be there. You know, Shorty from the show on Animal Planet, ‘Pit Boss.’ There will be over 200 exhibitors on hand, rescue groups, and vendors selling the latest and greatest pet products. If your pet is a bit of a ham, enter her in one of the contests that will be going on during the day like the costume contest, talent contest, and many others. Banfield Pet Hospital will also be there with over 300+ animals who are looking for forever homes. For more information call 855-PET-EXPO.

The 4th Annual Florida Week for the Animals starts on February 4th and runs till February 12, 2012. Animal World USA is sponsoring the week long event and it will promote and highlight the importance that animals play in our daily lives. The statewide event will strive to build awareness, celebrate pets, and bring together communities on behalf of animals. Educators, advocates, shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, businesses, and many more are planning community activities such as pet adoption festivals, wildlife activities, educational events, pet fairs, and other events. The week is a unique opportunity to change the life of a homeless pet, learn how deeply intertwined we are to our environment, and what we can do to preserve, promote, and help all animals. For more information call 877-454-0807 or visit the website at http://floridaanimals.org.

Image courtesy of Bay Area Pet Expo