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Many people who love to travel don’t do so as often as they’d like. They have a variety of reasons for staying put--lack of vacation time, a demanding job, difficulty scheduling around family commitments. But the concern that most often tops the list is money. The extra expense of boarding beloved pets or bringing them along can make planning trips even more daunting for would-be travelers.  

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NEW YORK (AP) — As airlines slashed flights and furloughs appeared inevitable in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Mike Catania sensed there would be little need for a service that helped airline crews find short-term housing.

Pet parents know the places by heart where their furkids are welcomed: dog parks, most regular parks, some beaches, some hiking trails, and pet stores. Most everywhere else, their furry sidekicks get left behind . . . or, do they? Turns out, pets are allowed - and even welcomed - in more places than pet parents might think.

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Fun fact: In the U.S. today, there are more pets than there are people! Additionally, Americans are adding furry family members to their “packs” at a higher rate than ever before. About 67 percent of American households currently have pets, which is up from 56 percent when the first such numbers were recorded back in the ‘80s.

There’s no doubt that moving can be exciting .  . . and stressful.  If you’re a pet parent, the stress can be heightened when you’re concerned about keeping your four-legged family member safe and happy during the moving process. Fortunately, planning ahead will make your move much less daunting and more of an adventure you can share with your pet!

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