Wyndham’s Pet Policy

Q.  I see people with pets at the resorts.  What is Wyndham’s pet policy?

Many of us hate having to leave our four-legged family members home.  However, Wyndham says right on their website, and page 251 of the directory, that there are no pets allowed at any of their resorts.  With that said, there are resorts where not all of the rooms are owned by Wyndham.  Some resorts have rooms with different timeshare systems that do allow pets.  Some resorts have units that are wholly owned by owners and are not part of any timeshare system.  Those owners are allowed to bring their pets.  Another reason you may see pets is that some resorts with a hotel side, that allow pets on that side.  Bonnet Creek has a hotel side that allows pets.  Usually, hotel-designated rooms are separate from timeshare units.  While you may see people walking their dogs, or hear a dog barking next door, that does not mean people are violating the pet policy.  They may own a condo, be part of a different system, or be staying in the hotel side that allows pets. 

If you’re one of those people who puts a service vest on your pets to game the system, you need to realize, you’re hurting people who actually need service animals.  When people are dressing up their pets as service animals, people get suspicious of any dog with a vest.  That’s not fair to the people that genuinely need a service animal.  Don’t be THAT person.  If you hate leaving your furry friend home, don’t go on vacation to a place that does not allow pets.  If you hate leaving your pet at a kennel, try finding a friend or family member that your pup is comfortable with, that’s willing to take them in.  Do not be dishonest and try to pass your pet off as a service animal.

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I love dogs. Don’t have one, though, and don’t want to stay where others’ dogs have been because when the dogs leave, they often leave fleas or soil spots behind. Personal experience many years ago…visitor had a dog in our house, it left fleas behind and they then sought us out for the blood they needed. Whole house fumigation was required.
Your dog’s fleas stay with you and your dog…but if the host dog disappears, you now know what happens. I heartily approve the no pet policy at Wyndham properties.

I too have seen a number of dogs with and without the vest for their dogs. I guess what I am seeing that distresses me is that The ADA is really relying on honesty and we all know that human nature sort of allows people to bend the truth a little. I do believe that Wyndham and the other big groups should allow the pet owners to bring their animals. Let’s face it more and more people usually single women are bringing a dog/pet with them on vacation or business trips. It seems to me that if the big chains were more lenient and allowed people to bring their pets that they could make their own rules that would stand up in court against those that violated the policies. I have 5 dogs and all have a degree of obedience training, that being said I would never violate Wyndham’s rules but I do believe animals that are trained should be allowed to stay at their condos.

My only concern is people with severe pet allergies. They cannot be in rooms where pets are, because it’s impossible to get every single pet hair and spec of pet dander. It’s been suggested they have designated pet friendly rooms. However, that would mean the person with severe allergies would have less options to book. It’s hard enough to get availability sometimes. It wouldn’t be fair to limit someone even more because of an issue they cannot control. I loved my dog and still miss him to this day. I took him with me. I would have loved to bring him, but aside from the pet policy, it wouldn’t be fair for me to bring him to a strange environment and leave them there while we went out to eat or visited a tourist spot that doesn’t allow dogs.

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