Global App Aims to Make Traveling With Pets Easier
A new app powered by a global community of pet owners offers a dedicated space to share and discover pet-friendly places and pet services around the world, making traveling with pets both easy and affordable, according to company officials.
Available on both Android and iOS, Petlas lists more than 100,000 pet-friendly locations across the U.K., EU, North America and Australia. Location types include vets, pet-friendly hotels and holiday cottages, campsites, restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars plus parks, beaches, doggy poop bins, pet services and pet boarding.
Petlas is the brainchild of Stephanie Thomas, co-founder of Petlas World and creator of the YouTube channel, Girl and the Travelling Dog, which charts her trips with her Australian Kelpie rescue, Harley.
“We believe pets are family, and that they shouldn’t have to be left behind just because it seems more convenient to do so,” Thomas said. “We created Petlas to help pet owners share and discover the pet-friendly world around them and, ultimately, spend more quality time with their pets.”
The Petlas app can be downloaded free of charge. Users can then add pet-friendly locations to the map as they discover them on their own adventures, whether that’s walking in the Peak District in England, camping in France or road tripping in the U.S.
“As seasoned travelers, we know the real challenges as well as the misconceptions behind traveling with a dog. The challenges largely have to do with planning and finding the pet-friendly places you can go, including accommodation and restaurants, and where to go in an emergency,” said Didier Smith, co-founder of Petlas and the app’s CTO. “Petlas addresses these directly, making it easy to see where you and your pets are welcome. There are more pet-friendly places than most people realise and by making them easy to find, we hope it encourages more owners to take their four-legged friends with them on their next adventure.”
In addition to displaying pet-friendly locations on a map and making it easy to see where essential services such as vets are located, owners can also use Petlas to share their favorite parks, beaches and walking trails and warn other owners of potential dangers in any location. Danger alerts cover practical warnings that other dog owners should heed—such as dangerous plants in a park, broken glass or other canine hazards.
Business owners can contribute to the app by listing their location as pet friendly through the app’s map and requesting a free “Proudly Pet Friendly” sticker.