Are you ready to travel with Fido or Fluffy? Here’s some important info to help.

New research from Motel 6 reveals that as Americans are hitting the roads, they will be doing so with their pets, as the majority (54%) of cat and dog owners noted they plan to travel with their pets in the next year.

The motels where pets always stay free released new survey data of 1,000 U.S. individuals planning to travel with their pets in the next year.


The poll found that nearly seven in 10 (68%) say their pet deserves a getaway this year, but only 8% of respondents prepare for a trip with their four-legged friend by researching pet-friendly travel websites, according to a new release.

To help travelers enjoy a much-needed break with their pets, Motel 6 has teamed up with Patriot PAWS, an organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs to disabled American veterans and others in need, to share tips on how to do so safely, the news release added.

“Traveling with your pet is great for socialization and training, especially for younger animals,” says Dr. Rhonda Phillips, veterinarian and Patriot PAWS board member. “Just a few simple steps like thinking twice while packing, making pit stops along the way, and doing some research before your trip can help take away some of the stress pet owners may have about traveling with their furry friends.”

Preparing for a Trip With a Pet
Dr. Phillips notes that preparation is key when traveling with a pet, and it’s important for pet owners to bring their pet’s food, water, and toys when traveling as familiarity helps ease any anxiety. In fact, two in five (41%) individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year agree that their pet can’t travel without their favorite toy.

Dr. Phillips also suggests speaking with a veterinarian before traveling if the pet is prone to anxiety or nausea during travel so they can provide any further tips specific to the four-legged friend.

Getting There
More than one-third of those planning to travel with their pet within the next year (39%) say the next trip they plan to take is a road trip. Dr. Phillips and Patriot PAWS advise that traveling with an assortment of entertainment such as catnip toys for cats, or tug and chew toys for dogs, will help keep the animal’s mind busy and from feeling bored or isolated during the trip. The majority of individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year (52%) admit to talking to their pet while they drive, and over a third of respondents (31%) say they even have a special music playlist for their pet, according to the news release.

While road tripping, it is crucial for pets to have regular bathroom breaks and stretch their legs, just like humans. Dr. Phillips recommends stopping every two to four hours, depending on the age and size of the animal.

Arriving at Your Destination
While three-quarters (75%) of individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year love traveling with their pet, 44% say that the biggest hurdle is finding pet-friendly lodging accommodations. Nearly two in three (65%) individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year believe pet-friendly hotels should not charge extra for a pet.

Dr. Phillips recommends identifying hotels first where pets can stay for free.

“We believe pets and service animals are part of the family which is why they stay free at any of our locations across the U.S.,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of Motel 6. “Pet parents are ready to hit the open road with their four-legged friends, and we welcome them wherever their journey takes them. As always, we’ll leave the light on. For pets and their owners.”

In partnership with Patriot PAWS, Motel 6 sponsors the training of service dogs to donate to disabled veterans as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the veteran community. Learn more about Patriot PAWS here.

Motel 6 remains committed to following CDC guidelines and maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.


The survey was commissioned by Motel 6 through SurveyMonkey, who conducted an online survey among n = 1,000 U.S individuals that own a pet cat or dog and plan on traveling with their pet in the next year aged 18-99 (nationally representative sample). The survey was conducted on June 19 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.925% percentage.

Patriot PAWS
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American Veterans and others with mobile disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Founded by professional dog trainer, Lori Stevens, Patriot PAWS has placed more than 230 service dogs since 2006, when it was designated as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Source: Motel 6