Pet Friendly Hotels & How Doris Day Paved The Way - Lilly Brush
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Pet Friendly Hotels & How Doris Day Paved The Way

With the recent passing of Doris Day, we wanted to bring light to some of the inspiring work that she did with her time out of the spotlight. She followed her true passion, and pushed forward an idea that inspired a movement. Doris Day just recently passed on May 13, 2019, but her legacy will leave an everlasting impact on how we treat and respect our pets.

A family road trip just isn’t quite the same without our four-legged friends tagging along for the journey. Hotels weren’t always as pet-friendly as they are today. Thanks to Doris Day, finding a place to stay that welcomes your pet is not uncommon at all. Many of us know the legend of Doris Day, and those who don’t still benefit from her legacy. When the longtime singer and actress stepped away from the camera she turned her attention towards something she truly cared about, animals. She attacked the animal rights industry with the same passion that she brought to the stage for decades, and found the same overwhelming success that seemingly followed her everywhere she went.


In 1978, she founded her own organization, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, and later initiated the Doris Day Animal League in 1987. The DDAL has since become part of the Humane Society, and the DDAF has grown to be one of the largest animal welfare foundations in the entire world. Thirdly, she founded the Duffy Day Lifesaving Program. The DDLP focuses its efforts towards older dogs who need medical attention in order to maintain a healthy life.

Doris’s Hotel

Upon becoming a co-owner of the Cypress Inn in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, her one request was that the hotel be pet friendly. The Cypress Inn quickly became known as “the pet friendliest” hotel in America, and still holds that title to this day. “We literally treat them like regular guests” said one hotel manager. The Cypress Inn boasts a handful of pet-friendly amenities, including an outdoor shower to rinse your pal off after playing at the beach. The Inn also provides customized blankets and bowls for in room use, and always keeps a stash of treats ready for all types of furry friends. Unusual pets are welcome too. Everything from a parrot to a potbelly pig have been, and always will be, welcome at the Cypress Inn! Thanks to Doris and the Cypress Inn, many well-known hotels have begun to follow the initiative. From La Quinta to some of the Holiday Inns, pets can wander the hotel receiving the same respect as a human being.

Check out this link to find some pet-friendly hotels for your next trip!