California Evacuees: Motel 6 Accepts Pets

Pet-Friendly Hotel Chain Also Provides Disaster Planning Pet Tips

Oct 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Motel 6

    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
 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
 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
     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
     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.

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