How to Save Money Boarding Pets for the Holidays

Posted on 12/14/2011

This year an estimated $50.84 billion will be spent on pets in the US including $3.65 billion on grooming and boarding. Many pet owners heading out of town for the holidays are forced to find alternative options for their pets. Boarding your cat or dog adds a large expense to already expensive holiday travel plans so you may want to consider these money-saving ideas.

Hire a Dog Walker or Cat Sitter Instead of taking your dog or cat to a boarding facility, consider hiring someone to come to your home instead. That way your furry family member can stay home for the holidays rather than being carted off to an unfamiliar place. Dog walkers or cat sitters can cost a fraction of the price of boarding facilities. Find a reputable one in your area by visiting or

Look for Daily Deal Discounts
Local pet boarding facilities may offer discounts through daily deal sites like Groupon or Living Social. Subscribe to daily emails so you know when fresh deals arise. You may also want to check out or which offer pet-related daily deals.

Swap with Friends
If you’ve got friends with pets offer to do a pet sitting swap. You may take their dogs or cats while they’re out of town and they’ll do the same for you. It’s free, plus you’ll know your precious pets are in capable hands.

Use a PetSmart Coupon
If you’ve never taken your pets to the PetSmart Pet Hotel make sure you print out an exclusive coupon for first-time guests. You’ll get one free night when you purchase a night, which will save you up to $40.

Ask for Discounts
If you have multiple pets ask if the boarding facility can offer a discount. By Providing your own pet food or forgoing grooming during the stay you may also be able to cut costs. Your pets won’t receive any less attention, but it could take a bite out of the boarding bill.

By Alison Storm

Got gifts for everyone in life, but forgot all about your favorite pet? Be sure to read Bargainist Gift Guide: Christmas for Pets for great ideas on gifts and treats for your pets.

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