DENVER -- You knew it had to happen sometime with all the pet-lovers in Colorado.
The first on-airport boarding facility for pets opened at Denver International Airport on Thursday.
Paradise 4 Paws, is a luxury boarding facility for cats and dogs located at the WorldPort facility just east of the Pikes Peak shuttle lot along 75th Avenue, said DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery.
This 25,000 square-foot resort is open 24 hours and includes separate, cage-less areas for large dogs, small dogs and cats, Montgomery said. Each area is designed to the specific personality of the breed.
“Pets enjoy suites, some with flat-screens, along with 24-hour webcams and recreation area with bone-shaped swimming pools for dogs and an adventure jungle for cats,” owner Saq Nadeem, founder and CEO of Paradise 4 Paws said.
The large dog area includes indoor grass, soft rubber flooring. Small dogs under 25 pounds have their own wing of the building, Montgomery said.
“This facility is another example of the airport’s ongoing commitment to providing services and amenities that enhance the overall travel experience,” airport CEO Kim Day said.
Services include on-site veterinary assistants, obedience training, grooming, massage therapy, pet transportation, and a work-out room with a treadmill, Montgomery said.
The Deluxe Suite is $45 a night and prices for dogs max out with the Top Dog Suite for $100 a night.
Cats can check into their space with the Deluxe Bungalow at $25 a night to the Presidential Bungalow at $35 a night. There are price options between those rates as well.
“We now have ‘bark and ride’ centers at four airports," Nadeem said. Pet owners using the Paradise 4 Paws services are able to leave their vehicle on the grounds for $12 per day.
“We’re excited to bring Paradise 4 Paws to Denver,” said Nadeem, “It is evident Denverites love their pets, and we’re pleased to offer them a new option in premium dog and cat accommodations."
Since opening its first location at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 2008, Paradise 4 Paws has opened other pet resorts in Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth and other Chicagoland areas.