This Awesome Hotel Allowed Hundreds Of Dogs To Shelter Inside During Hurricane

Hundreds of dogs were able to take shelter from Hurricane Irma thanks to a rather awesome hotel in Orlando, Florida. The Hyatt Regency Orlando, which is always pet friendly, had between 800 and 900 dogs (and some cats) stay at the hotel with their families last weekend as droves of evacuees came to the area before the massive storm rolled through the state.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the hotel even dropped the standard pet cleaning fee from $150 to $50 over the weekend. Guests staying at the hotel with their pets were grateful that the Hyatt could accommodate them. One young guest said (of her family’s two dogs), “I couldn’t imagine leaving them in a shelter and not knowing if they were okay. We’re glad that they’re with us so we know that they’re safe.”

Another guest expressed happy disbelief at how well all of the dogs inside of the hotel got along, noting that he had “never seen anything quite like it.” He added, “It’s something else!”

Another was stunned by the sheer number of dogs and told the Sentinel, “It reminds me of that book “Go, Dog. Go!” because there are so many dogs here.”

The Hyatt was not only prepared for the storm, but made special arrangement to keep their guests happy – a pool table, games and movies were set up for families inside of a multipurpose room.

What better way to get through a natural disaster, than with the comfort and companionship of your pet – great job Hyatt Regency Orlando, for allowing these families to stick together.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

12 comments

  1. Riva steinman says:

    We were one of the guests with our 150lb Greater Swiss Mountan Dog, the hotel was absolutely incredible and well prepared! Thank you Hyatt for going beyond the call of duty!

  2. lisa says:

    Kudos to the HYATT Regency Orlando for allowing then animals stay with there owners

  3. Margaret Thompson says:

    We all know which hotel group to use now
    Well done.

  4. Robin says:

    Well I know which hotel I will be choosing from now on!

  5. Max Cameron says:

    Thank you for seeing the value of animals and providing safety, shelter, and hope to them and their humans. I shall patronize Hyatt when traveling.

  6. Lynn says:

    Kuddos, I know where I’ll be staying in Orlando

  7. Izzy says:

    I guess I know where I’ll be staying when I’m in the area.

  8. TERRY FURLONG says:

    GREAT KUDOS TO HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO…THIS INFO SHOULD BE SENT TO THE WORLD SO WE CAN ALL APPLAUD THEM AND STAY THERE ON OUR NEXT TRIP.
    BLESS THEM FOR CARING ABOUT THE ANIMALS AND THEIR HUMANS!!

  9. Patricia Childs says:

    LEAVE TO THE HYATT REGANCY IN ORLANDO…..YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE HOTEL IN THE WORLD….THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT PEOPLE AND HAIRY CHILDREN…….KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK….YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND BLESSEF FROM ALL PEOPLE AND ANIMALS YOU HELPEF….GOD BLESS ALWAYS …..PATRICIA IN INDIANA….XOXO

  10. Lynne says:

    Bless them for helping to save people and animals. They are fabulous!

  11. Gloria labella says:

    Thank God for such wonderful people

  12. Deborah J. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this story about the Hyatt Regency in Orlando. God Bless them they really know how to treat people and animals right!

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