Our Story

Mission Statement

To provide pet boarding in pre-screened private homes where the pet will get the love and attention it receives at home; thus providing the owner with a worry and guilt-free vacation. 

Established in 1982

The Pets Are Inn concept was founded by a couple in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When vacationing, the family pet, Chopin, did not do well in a kennel facility. On subsequent trips they solicited friends, relatives or neighbors to care for Chopin. However, they were uncomfortable with this arrangement.

They had inadvertently stumbled upon an ideal alternative to kennel boarding. Namely, soliciting a host family to care for their furry family member while they were on vacation. This humane alternative addressed equally the pet's physical and emotional needs, and they family's peace of mind. Thus, Pets Are Inn was born as "A Unique Pet Lodging Alternative" with "All the Comforts of Home."

Pet lovers endorsed Pets Are Inn and its values. In 1986 the business began expanding through franchising. Today there are locations nationally and in Hawaii. Pets Are Inn has been featured on television , radio, and in numerous national publications. Pets Are Inn is ranked #1 Franchise Nationally in Pet Care Services by Entrepreneur magazine.


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