Vrbo: Demand Up 40% for Pet-Friendly Rentals
The short-term rental company will add an upscale doghouse to a rental for an extra $100. It offers five styles, including a chalet with a fireplace.
NEW YORK – Short-term rental company Vrbo says it has seen a 40% increase in demand for pet-friendly vacation homes on its platform. As a result, it launched vacation homes designed for dogs.
Vrbo commissioned five limited-edition doghouses inspired by the platform’s most popular rental types. The doghouses include a luxury chalet with a cozy fireplace for naps; a beach cottage with a rooftop checkerboard; a trendy rustic A-frame; a modern ranch house with a water and food station; and a mid-century bungalow with a dog pool and garden.
“While humans can easily book a Vrbo property for a relaxing escape, our pets also deserve a relaxing place to rest their paws,” says Alison Kwong, a Vrbo spokesperson. “With this limited-time-only set of dreamy doghouses, families can treat their loyal companions to an extra-special dog-sized stay this holiday season.”
Dog-loving owners can start booking a doghouse rentals at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 9 at vrbo.com/petholiday. Each doghouse rental costs $100.
More homeowners became pet owners during the pandemic, and 43% of pet owners say they’d be willing to move to accommodate their pet, according to the National Association of Realtors®. In a realtor.com survey, 68% of pet owners say they’d pass on the perfect home if it didn’t meet their pet’s needs. Unmarried couples, single women and millennials appear to have the strongest attachment to their pets, according to NAR’s data.
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