For Immediate Release
September 1, 2008
Contact: Kate Perkins, On Ideas, (904) 354-2600
Pet Paradise Aids in Successful Evacuation
Houston facility takes in New Orleans pets
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As the Gulf Coast braces for the impact of the extremely powerful Hurricane
Gustav, animal owners can rest easy knowing their pets are safe and out of harms way. Due to the
mandatory evacuation issued by the City of New Orleans, Pet Paradise, an exclusive pet boarding and day
care facility, successfully evacuated animals from its New Orleans/Jefferson Parish facility to their Houston
Intercontinental Airport facility.
At the time of the evacuation, Pet Paradise had reservations for 125 dogs at the New Orleans location for
the Labor Day weekend. After owners were notified of the evacuation, many picked up their pets, however;
the 40 remaining pets, whose owners were either town or could not be reached, were transported in
climate-controlled vans to Houston.
“Our first priority is always the safety of the pets in our care, and this commitment is especially critical in
emergency situations. We were able to work quickly and efficiently to evacuate the pets to Houston,” said
Fernando Acosta-Rua, COO of Pet Paradise. “And we applaud the work of other organizations that are
participating in the efforts to get as many animals as possible away from areas that will experience high
winds and flooding.”
In addition to the New Orleans pets, the Houston facility is boarding approximately 25 pets from owners in
the costal areas of Louisiana and Texas who fled because of the mandatory evacuation. In all, more than
65 pets are currently at the Houston Intercontinental Airport facility and are staying free of charge as part
of Pet Paradise’s Hurricane Evacuation Program.
During mandatory evacuation periods, Pet Paradise will board dogs and cats free of charge for up to 48
hours after the evacuation has been lifted. All Pet Paradise facilities are Hurricane Category 3 safety rated
and a full staff is always on hand to care for evacuated pets. Owners must register pets ahead of time and
are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
In 2004, Pet Paradise successfully boarded evacuated pets at its facilities in Palm Coast, Florida and St.
Augustine, Florida, with both locations quickly filling to capacity.
ABOUT PET PARADISE RESORTS
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Pet Paradise employs a unique business model within the burgeoning
pet services industry. The company builds and operates upscale pet boarding facilities, which provide
pets and owners with a luxurious alternative to the traditional kennel. The Pet Paradise facilities include
spacious dog and cat boarding suites as well as day care and grooming services. Pet Paradise was
formed in 2002 and currently has seven operations in Florida – Jacksonville Airport, I-95 & University
Boulevard in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Sanford and newly opened
Gainesville – as well as operations in New Orleans and Houston. Planned openings include Tallahassee,
FL, Houston Hobby Airport, Charlotte International Airport, Atlanta International Airport, and Oviedo, FL.