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.