Why do we "not" allow pets? Well, actually, from 1976 through 2004 Newlands "did" allow pets. Below are some of the frustrations we endured over the years, contributing to why we have discontinued.
Handiwork of artful pet (proud artist, lower right).
Not long ago our good friend and customer, Mike Sims from Gulf Shores, came knocking on our door about 11pm. They (their group of five) could not sleep because fleas were jumping up on them while in bed. The previous occupants had a pet. Mike said he hated to bother us, but they just couldn't stay there. Luckily we had another lodge available, so we helped load all their things (and food for a week) and moved them to the other lodge.
Additionally, we've made numerous trips to laundry taking bed comforters with pet hair.
Our Insurance Agency sent us an email letter (actually received a year, or so, after we made our decision to not allow pets) with statistics relating to pets. While we had already made our decision, this gave support for that decision. During the past two decades incidents of dog bites have risen dramatically. Here are a few statistics, most taken from a website of an attorney specializing in dog bites:
1. Over four million Americans are bitten by dogs each year
2. 800,000 of those bites require medical attention
3. Children comprise 60% of victims
4. About $165 million dollars is spent on treatment
5. An average of eighteen people die from dog bites each
A dog's behavior is unlikely to improve when he is brought along on vacation. If anything, he may become more aggressive when introduced to a strange environment.
While it is true that most civil codes place liability for dog-related injuries on the animal's owner, you may still be held liable in some cases.
We recommend that you provide each dog owner with a statement of your dog-oriented policies and keep a signed copy in your files.
You would be within your rights in disallowing any dogs at your facility. However, should you elect to selectively deny access based on individual breeds (i.e., pit bulls, rottweilers, etc.) we suggest that you discuss the matter with your attorney in advance.
Here's another article about pets.