Founded by a two animal-loving sisters, this company helps you find canine-friendly accommodations to help make traveling with dogs easier – and support animal-related causes.
Colleen Avery and her family were planning a trip to Oregon and wanted to take their dogs with them. But trying to locate accommodations that would accept their four-legged friends put a crimp in their vacation. “Finding canine-friendly lodging en route was so tedious and complicated that we questioned whether it was worth the headache to bring the dogs along for the trip,” Colleen says.
Although the number of hotels and other lodgings that accept animals is growing, searching for them and determining their exact policies can become a time-consuming chore, as Colleen discovered. After her own experience, she saw a niche that needed to be filled, and along with her sister Cathy Zvetina, a fellow animal lover with experience in the hotel affiliate booking industry, she co-founded GoDoggy Vacations, with two offices – one in La Jolla, California and the other in Jacksonville, Oregon. “We decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to fill a practical need, while promoting charitable giving toward organizations that focus on animal welfare,” says Colleen.
“Using our booking engine, people can easily search for animal-friendly destinations worldwide, filter through the available hotels, and safely and securely book online with us,” Colleen explains. “We have already done all the work and research on the accommodations, with customer reviews, animal policies and more.” The site also gives you the option to search for animal-friendly vacation rentals, from cottages to condos, in locales around the world, and offers articles and travel guides for further information.
But the company does much more than help people find animal-friendly destinations and lodgings. “GoDoggy was founded by animal lovers, for animal lovers, and our mission is to raise awareness and financial contributions to support the efforts of animal welfare groups,” says Colleen. “A portion of every booking made on our website goes to a charity that helps animals in need. Providing financial contributions and generating awareness for organizations that promote animal welfare, rescue, adoption and education, in addition to supporting long-lasting relationships between humans and their pets, is at the core of our purpose. We are also expanding our compassion to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and horses at our Oregon location, where we have ten acres to welcome those animals that need us most.”
Combining their love of animals and travel has opened all kinds of doors for Colleen and Cathy. “We love meeting and talking with our clients about their animals,” enthuses Colleen. “We understand how they feel about their ‘kids’ and we love to hear all the stories and see the pictures of their vacations together. We are also so inspired by the rescue organizations we support. They are all truly amazing!”