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Hawaii pet boarding houses fill up as travel increases

MAPUNAPUNA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Those planning a family vacation can spend a lot of time looking for a place to plant their furry friend.

Travel is gaining momentum, and more and more people are leaving their pets behind.

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Furever Friends Stay and Play told KHON2 that locals have been taking their pets on board more since The Safe Travel program has been closed.

“That’s when all the new people started calling us: ‘Oh, you have a place, I’m finally going on vacation again, I just got a new dog at the beginning of COVID, I haven’t parted with her yet.’ Alea Hoy, Senior Animal Care Specialist at Furever Friends, said.

“Some of the dogs that we could normally take and accommodate, we just don’t have space right now.”

Alea Hoy, Senior Animal Care Specialist, Furever Friends

Furever Friends nightly rates range from $50 to $65 depending on the size of the dog, but availability is no guarantee of a last-minute trip.

“You have to say no to a lot of them just because they want to book last minute, you know, stuff like that, and we just don’t have room right now,” Hoy said.

It’s a similar story at Aliya’s Animal Hospital. Some of their single and double suites were empty on Wednesday June 22nd, but that just means another puppy will take over on Thursday.

“We have almost everything booked for the summer, it’s just a lot, and then the New Year, of course, the holidays are already booked,” said Matt Malta, director of Alii Animal Hospital and Resort.

Suites at Alii Animal Hospital and Resort cost between $100 and $150 per night and are equipped with cameras so owners can check on their dog at any time.

The guests require that the dogs are up to date with vaccinations and undergo a couple of checks before they are dropped off.

“So our assessment just shows that they don’t bite us, they don’t show us their teeth, that they can be stroked,” Hoy said. – Come to us willingly, you know, and the same with dogs; Be nice to all dogs.”

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Experts advise considering hiring a dog sitter or staying at a local pet-friendly hotel.

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