Hotels and resorts in Denver, Colorado have made it possible for pets to stay at their hotels without a pet leash, according to an announcement from Denver-based Pets For Life.
The announcement is being made during the Denver Pet Expo on Saturday, which will also include pet walk-ins from hotels, schools and community organizations.
Pet friendly hotels are the latest pet-friendly hotels to announce that pets will be allowed into their rooms without a leash.
Pet-friendly resorts, which include resorts and guesthouses, are in a position to ensure pets will not be able to get inside, with pet-safe locks and doors.
“We want to be able for people to come into the hotel, not worry about getting lost, and have access to a pet-free environment,” said Stephanie Smith, executive director of the Denver Parks and Recreation Department, which is partnering with Pets For Lives.
Pets For All has been in operation since 2015 and has received the endorsement of the Colorado Parks and Tourism Department.
The pet-optional rooms are currently available in Denver and surrounding counties, as well as the greater Denver area.
Pets for All is working with a variety of partners to expand its footprint in Colorado, including Denver Pets Alive, Pets of Color and the Humane Society of the United States.
“There are pet-resistant rooms at hotels, but pet-proofing them is more expensive than putting a leash on them,” said Krista Johnson, a spokesperson for Pets For Now.
“This is just a matter of finding a way to pay for it.”
The cost of pet-rescue facilities is a large concern for pet owners, said Dr. Karen LeBoeuf, a veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“Pet owners need to be comfortable with having their pets in the room,” LeBieuf said.
“It’s better for pets and it’s more cost-effective for taxpayers.
“Unfortunately, there is no standardized, cost-based method for determining what is the most cost-efficient approach to providing safe pet-residential environments for pets.””
The public health impact of pet exposure is well documented, and pet-safety policies and procedures are evolving rapidly in the public health field,” LeBoieuf added.
“Unfortunately, there is no standardized, cost-based method for determining what is the most cost-efficient approach to providing safe pet-residential environments for pets.”
The Pet Expo will be open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m., and pet owners and guests will be welcome to enter the showroom.
“Everyone who comes to Pet Expo should have a pet in their room, and the pet-unfriendly rooms will be available to pet owners in addition to the pet free room,” said Smith.
The event is free to attend.