Hallmark Resorts Extends Pet Friendly Attitude toward Disadvantaged Animals

Hallmark Resorts Extends Pet Friendly Attitude toward Disadvantaged Animals
May 27, 2014 by Modern Pets

A Portion of Hallmark Resorts’ Pet Fees Will Be Donated to Local Humane Societies

Hallmark Resorts is pleased to announce that it will donate a portion of its fees from pet stays to local humane societies. Each month, five percent of the fees from the Newport, Ore. resort will benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, while five percent of the pet fees from the Cannon Beach, Ore. resort will benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. The two organizations provide care and protection for hundreds of homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused or neglected dogs and cats in their respective areas.

“We see the love and care that our customers bestow on their pets when they stay with us. But unfortunately not every animal receives this kind of support. Therefore, we make this gesture on behalf of our customers who value their pets as members of their family,” said Kirby Blankenship, Vice President, Director of Operations for Hallmark Resorts.

Arguably one of the first properties to accept pets, Hallmark Resorts’ pet-friendly approach can be traced back to its very beginning. In 1948, the property owners’ cocker spaniel named Sissy sniffed out a For Sale sign sitting high on a bluff dramatically overlooking the famed Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. This was the precursor to the sixty year hotel career the Oregon couple would embark on together—eventually opening their first location on that very site in Cannon Beach and adding a second oceanfront property in Newport, Ore.

The dog Sissy was also responsible for the couple’s progressive attitude toward pets. The family lived with Sissy on the Cannon Beach property site during the early years. Because of Sissy, the couple felt that their customers should be able to bring their pets too, strongly believing they are like children for many families.

“Sometimes the pets are better than the kids,” joked Hallmark Resorts owner, Georgie Hay.

Along with the donation, the small daily pet fee allows Hallmark Resorts to offer special “doggie bags” that include their own sheet and towel, a custom water bottle and bowl for trips to the beach, a Frisbee throw toy, pooper scoopers, and doggie cookies. If miles of pristine beach is not enough, both resorts have two pet exercise areas, complete wash-down stations and dog treats available 24-7.

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