I absolutely love dogs (I can take or leave cats; no hate mail please), but my allergies prevent me from owning one. Which is heartbreaking when one of your child’s first words is “puppy.” So, I have to live vicariously through my friends who have dogs of their own. My friends are such good pet owners—they rescue animals, read all the books, participate in doggie kindergarten—that when it comes to traveling, either the dog is staying some place Ritz Carlton-esque or is coming along for the ride. If you feel the same about your pet, then we’ve got the place for you.
How can you not love that face?
Photo courtesy of Now Boarding
In 2009, the Animal Humane Society opened Now Boarding, a for-profit facility just a short shuttle bus ride away from the MSP Airport. Whether you’re local and traveling away from Minnesota (or heading up north for some skiing) or coming here from afar for a visit and bringing Fido along, Now Boarding is a convenient, friendly, clean, and most importantly, fun venue where your pet can stay. And it’s not just for Fido or Felix—they’ll take in your hamster, rabbit, bird and other small critters, too!
If you’re leaving your pet overnight, he’ll stay in a junior, queen or king suite and get daily maid service, personal attention, active playtime and round-the-clock food and beverage service. Now Boarding also offers daycare, which is very convenient if you want to spend the day visiting Mall of America sans pet, as well as grooming services, pool time and special treats. The facility is open 24/7, so you can call and check on your beloved any time of day.
So, now when you hear that Minneapolis-St. Paul and Minnesota rank high for friendliest places in America, you’ll know we’re not just people-friendly, but pet-friendly, too!