Need a Pet Boarding Facility? Search Furlocity!

Choosing a pet boarding facility for your four-legged family member has traditionally been no easy task, one involving multiple searches to seek and compare pet hotels. Starting April 2013, however, the search for dependable pet accommodation services will become as simple as searching, comparing and booking a human hotel thanks to the launch of Furlocity.com.

Furlocity, Inc., the world’s first comprehensive booking/search engine designed to search, compare, review and book pet accommodations, promises to help pet owners fetch the best facilities for their dogs and cats.

Andy Smit, Founder and CEO of Furlocity, conceived the idea for this innovative search engine after hearing friends and family discuss the difficulties associated with boarding their pets. Finding quality, trustworthy pet hotels required numerous searches through traditional search engines, so Smit decided to create a single search engine to retrieve the best pet boarding information in one location. With 76 percent of online travelers planning their vacations online, Furlocity was a logical step for the travel industry and for the pet industry.

Like a hotel search and review site but for specifically for pet hotels, Furlocity has been designed to help pet lovers not only find pet boarding in their home area but also at their travel destination, if they’re traveling with pets but need to book a day of pet care. At the conclusion of the trip, pet parents also review and rate the facilities, earning points toward a free stay for Fido or Fluffy. The result: “Pet accommodations simpified!” says Smit.

“After extensive research, we realized there was a much greater need/demand within the pet boarding industry,” explains the CEO with his business partner and spouse, Amber Kirsten-Smit, who are proud pet parents to their beloved [spoiled] cats Chloe and Eisie. “We really think that pet owners will enjoy the ease of booking a pet boarding facility with us 24/7.”

Furlocity permits pet lovers to search and compare boarding facilities and pet resorts, from dog kennels to cat condos. Furlocity invites pet hotels and resorts to add listings and connect with passionate pet parents who seek dependable, trustworthy pet boarding for their furry family members.

Pet parents can get registered and start building their pet profile. Keep in mind that Furlocity is still growing, so if you don’t find a pet care facility in your city, don’t worry, they are adding facilities every day!

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About Furlocity.com

Furlocity, Inc. is a startup company based in one of the country’s most pet friendly cities: San Diego, California. Furlocity gives pet owners (consumers) the ability to search, compare, book and review various pet accommodations and services online including a diversified selection of “pet hotels” (pet boarding facilities, kennels, pet daycare, pet resorts, etc.) Pet owners will benefit from live rate comparisons, pre-loaded vaccination records and rewards every time they book a stay. Furlocity also helps pet hotels by giving them the ability to manage rates, inventory, customers, staff and promotions all from a single dashboard that is accessible in the cloud.

Furlocity’s goal is to finally bridge the gap in the current pet services industry between both pet owners and pet accommodations providers (pet hotels), ultimately creating a lasting symbiotic relationship. Furlocity’s current service offering includes live listings of multiple pet hotels that will be available for real time bookings for pet owners. Each pet owner will have the ability to decide what pet hotel to book based on reviews, location, accessibility, price and even promotions.

The Benefits of Boarding

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We all like for our dogs to travel with us as much as possible…but that’s not always possible. Even the most dedicated dog travelers know that, sooner or later, a situation very well might arise when they need to travel without their dog, such as a business trip or a family emergency. For us, we’re very fortunate to have Paris’ father dog-sit for us. Others opt for professional pet sitters or the ever-growing number of luxury boarding facilities.

We recently received this list of benefits that dogs receive staying at a boarding and daycare facility. Jason Michal,Vice President of Pet Services and Hospitality for Pooch Hotel, Petco’s luxury boarding and daycare facility, notes these benefits to your dog at a boarding facility:

  1. Physically Fit: An estimated 55.6 percent of dogs are considered overweight or obese in the United States according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and one of the best ways to prevent obesity is regular exercise. “Sending a dog to daycare ensures they are active much of the day while the pet parent is at work,” says Michal. Running around and playing with other four-legged pals helps maintain cardiovascular fitness and a healthy weight. “I always like to tell pet parents that a tired dog is a happy dog,” adds Michal.
  2. Mental Stimulation: Sitting around the house all day and playing with the same old toys can lead to destructive behavior that can demolish a couch or even that pair of shoes that were left lying around. “Dogs can actually get bored,” states Michal. “Pets who attend daycare at Pooch Hotel or our Pooch Play locations are kept occupied with various games and activities supervised by our staff, leaving them mentally stimulated and less likely to destroy the house for attention.” Canines are happy to be kept in a rousing environment where they can play with other dogs and people.
  3. Proper Socialization: Dogs enjoy the socialization aspect of interacting with others. In addition to making friends, pets that attend daycare learn the social skills they need. Dogs are pack animals by nature, but rarely get to be around a pack. This means some dogs can become aggressive or overly fearful of other dogs. “At Pooch Hotel and Pooch Play daycare locations, attendees are divided into play groups by size and/or activity level to ensure their safety,” says Michal. In these groups, pets learn how to play well with others, which often helps dogs work through any anxiety or fearfulness. “Plus, a well-socialized dog is always the most popular pooch at the dog park,” says Michal.
  4. Emotional Health: Hanging out with other dogs during the day can also greatly benefit a dog’s emotional health. Being in a pack environment can help build confidence and their role as a dog. “Our team often plays a pack leader game with the dogs,” says Michal. “The staff acts as pack leader and begins to circle while all the dogs automatically follow along. It may seem simple, but activities like this help dogs do what they were instinctively born to do.”

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About Pooch Hotel

Owned by Petco™, Pooch Hotel is a luxury, best-in-class hotel and daycare, exclusively for dogs, that has redefined pet boarding options across the country. The hotels place a premium on convenience, extraordinary customer care, superior facilities and outstanding services. Amenities include Palace and Presidential suites with DogTV (not available at all locations at this time); The Club @ Pooch Hotel featuring a fitness center complete with dog-specific treadmills; spa offering paw-dicures and facials; and supervised daycare. Some hotels also offer custom swimming pools. 24-hour webcam access is available and pet parents can drop off and pick up pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Locations include West Los Angeles, CA, Dallas TX, Chicago, IL, Hollywood, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Boston, MA and San Diego, CA. www.poochhotel.com

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