Get your Airbnb and Travel with Your Pet
Are you planning a vacation but worried about leaving your furry friend behind? The good news is that many Airbnb rentals allow pets, so you don’t have to choose between leaving your pet at home or skipping your vacation.
In this article, we will explore the world of pet-friendly Airbnb rentals and provide you with info on the policies for our four-leg friends.
The short answer
Yes, Airbnb is pet-friendly, but not in all cases. When you want to use their service you will find that some hosts do allow pets and others no. This depends solely on the owner of the place you want to stay in. If they agree, you can travel with your furry friend. If not, there is no way you can take your pet to that place.There are two exceptions, but this leads us to the long answer.
In any case, it will depend on the place you would like to go. And many charge a pet fee that covers damages or other inconveniences your four-leg friend may cause.
Service Animals Isn’t the Same as Emotional Support Animals
Before diving into Airbnb’s pet policies, it’s important to understand the differences between pets, service animals, and emotional support animals.
Pets are those animals that live with us and do not require to do any specific task that helps us in our daily life. They are our companions and we share the same home because we want to.
On the other hand, service animals are trained to perform tasks for individuals with disabilities. They are allowed in public spaces, including Airbnb rentals, and are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
At the same time, emotional support animals help individuals with mental health conditions but are not trained to perform specific tasks. They are not granted the same rights as service animals and are only allowed in certain places, including some Airbnb rentals.
Who Needs a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal?
Service animals and emotional support animals provide assistance to people with a wide range of disabilities and conditions. Service animals can assist individuals with visual impairments, mobility impairments, seizure disorders, and other disabilities.
Emotional support animals can provide comfort and support to individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. It’s important to note that emotional support animals are not just for individuals with autism, but for anyone who may benefit from their support.
Traveling with Your Pet
Traveling with your pet can be challenging, but it’s also a great way to create lasting memories and strengthen your bond with your furry friend.
Before embarking on your trip, it’s important to research pet-friendly accommodations and activities.
Some tips for traveling with your pet include: preparing a pet-friendly travel kit, researching pet-friendly accommodations, planning pet-friendly activities, and consulting with your veterinarian before traveling.
But, let’s focus on what has brought us here…
Airbnb’s Pet Policies
Airbnb’s policies on pets vary depending on the rental and the host. Some rentals allow all pets, while others have specific restrictions on the type or size of pets allowed. Hosts may also have additional requirements, such as requiring proof of vaccination or imposing a pet fee. When searching for a pet-friendly Airbnb rental, it’s important to use the “Pets Allowed” filter and read reviews from other pet owners. With this, you will have a clear idea of how things move in the place.
It’s also important to note that Airbnb’s policies on service animals and emotional support animals differ from their policies on pets.
Under the ADA, service animals are allowed in all public spaces, including Airbnb rentals. In this situation, hosts cannot charge extra fees or refuse to rent to individuals with service animals.
Emotional support animals are not protected in all US States but New York and California require the same legislation under ADA. This means that they can’t deny rent o charge extra fees. For other States, check them directly in your app. Some Airbnb rentals may allow them with proper documentation and verification.
OK, but are fees universal?
Pet fees on Airbnb vary depending on the rental and the host. Some rentals charge a one-time fee, while others charge a nightly fee. Fees can range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars, so it’s important to factor this cost into your vacation budget. Some hosts may be willing to negotiate pet fees or waive them altogether for shorter stays. It’s also worth noting that Airbnb occasionally offers discounts or promotions for pet owners. Our recommendation is to use the filters and read the offers you want to stay in. If they aren’t clear, contact the host. The better these details are shown, you can trust the service.
Find Your Perfect Pet-Friendly Airbnb
Traveling with your pet can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it requires careful planning and research. By understanding Airbnb’s pet policies, you can find the perfect rental spot for your next vacation.
Don’t leave your furry friend behind – book your next Airbnb with them in mind!
By Alonso Ruíz