Families daunted by the stress and expense of travelling with their four-legged friends can now look forward to easier, more affordable trips thanks to a free new app powered by a global community of pet owners. Petlas gives pet owners a dedicated space to share and discover pet-friendly places and pet services around the world, making travelling with pets both easy and affordable.
Available on both Android and iOS, Petlas lists over 100,000 pet-friendly locations across the UK, 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 Stephanie’s 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,” she says. “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, camping in France or road trippin’ in the USA.
“As seasoned travellers, we know the real challenges as well as the misconceptions behind travelling 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,” adds 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.”
Petlas is invaluable for pet owners, both when planning a trip and when visiting somewhere new on the fly. 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 favourite 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.
To find out more and download Petlas for iOS or Android, visit https://petlas.world