November 14, 2008
If you’re curious about what to do with your pet while you head out on vacation or the next business trip, bring them with you to the airport and drop them off at Now Boarding, Animal Humane Society’s (AHS) new pet boarding and day care facility.
In late November, Now Boarding will open adjacent to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It will be open 24 hours a day with services for the general public, passengers at both terminals and airline personnel, including shuttle service to the airport terminals for kennel customers.
The facility comes at a time when Animal Humane Society is feeling the affects of the current economy. "AHS is on track to help more than 39,000 animals this year,” stated Deb Balzer, spokesperson for AHS. “We’re really looking for ways to diversify so we have the means to help all of these animals."
Now Boarding will be run as an independent for-profit subsidiary with net proceeds going back to AHS. Those proceeds will support the AHS mission to serve the needs of people and their animals through all stages of their lives while providing revenue to fund their core programs including adoption, rescue, training and education.
The site will accommodate 141 animals—96 dogs, 30 cats and 15 small animals. A wide range of pet services will be offered including dog day care, multiple outdoor play and exercise areas, indoor play areas, training retail, and a large spa and grooming area equipped with therapy pool and massage.