CARROLLTON, Texas, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the fires
spreading in southern California, Motel 6 encourages proper planning before
disaster strikes, not only for your family, but for your beloved pets as
well. Motel 6 was the first pet friendly hotel and still offers a place for
pets at all of its motels. Fire evacuees are encouraged to go to Motel6.com
or call 1-800-4Motel6 (800-466-8356) to find availability. Motel 6 is also
offering tips on how to prepare for your pet in case of an evacuation.
"The first priority is to make sure everyone who evacuates has a safe
place to go with their pets, which is why we are encouraging anyone
evacuating with animals to look out for a Motel 6 or other pet-friendly
accommodations," said Sue MacGregor, vice president of Risk for Accor North
America, Motel 6's parent company. "Many people are facing evacuation in
Southern California, and it is important that they know how to prepare
themselves and their pets for this unexpected disaster."
-- If possible, do not leave your pet behind. If it is not safe for
you, it is not safe for your pet. Make sure your pet is a part of the
family disaster plan. Keep in mind that most disaster shelters do not take
animals, except for service dogs. Contact or surf the web for your local
animal shelter, veterinarian or emergency management office regarding
information on sheltering pets during an emergency. Be sure to identify
pet-friendly hotels, like Motel 6, along your evacuation routes. Plan with
your neighbor to ensure all pets are taken care of if one of you is not
home during a disaster.
-- Keep emergency supplies readily available to house and feed your
pets. Each pet needs a sturdy crate to keep safe. Keep a two-week supply of
water and food with bowls for each pet as part of your family's emergency
provisions. If your pet is on medication, make sure you have enough
medicine to last your pet for several weeks. A pet first aid kit, plastic
bags, disinfectant, pooper scoopers, kitty litter and a small litter tray
are also useful items to have on-hand.
-- Be prepared in case you get separated from your pet. Get up-to-date
identification that can easily trace your pet back to you. Take a current
photo of each animal showing any distinguishing marks. Be sure each pet's
shots are current, and know where records are for each animal.
-- Monitor your pet's behavior. Animals can be easily frightened when
stressed and may become aggressive or defensive in a disaster situation.
Remember to put safety first: keep your pet in its carrier or crate, and
watch for any changes in behavior. If you do take your pet outside, keep it
on a leash. Give your pet extra reassurance and attention to help keep them
For more information or to reserve a room, please visit www.motel6.com
or call 800-4-MOTEL6 (800-466-8356)
About Motel 6
Motel 6 offers the best price of any national chain at more than 850
company-owned and franchised locations covering 48 U.S. states and Canada.
For 21 years Motel 6 has used the tagline, "We'll leave the light on for
you," earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy
lodging segment. Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain,
welcoming pets since 1962. Standard amenities include free local phone
calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee, data ports,
and cable channel line-up with premium channels including HBO, ESPN/ESPN2,
and CNN. Most locations offer swimming pools and guest laundry facilities.
For more information, visit www.motel6.com.
About Accor North America
Headquartered in Dallas (Carrollton), Texas, Accor North America
operates more than 870 upscale and economy properties including nationwide
economy leaders Motel 6 and Studio 6 and the upscale Sofitel and mid-scale
Novotel and Ibis hotel locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more
information, visit www.accor-na.com.
About Accor Worldwide
Accor, the European leader in hotels and tourism, and a global leader
in corporate services, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000
employees. It offers to its individual and corporate clients 40 years of
expertise in its two core businesses:
-- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All
Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands: over 4,100
hotels and 486,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related
activities, such as Len�tre;
-- Services to corporate clients and public institutions: 23 million
people in 35 countries benefit from Accor Services products - meal and food
vouchers, people care, incentive and loyalty programs.
SOURCE Motel 6