2022 Virginia Shenandoah Valley Summer Trip for Dogs

STAUNTON — Tourists visiting Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley are asking more than ever to take their pets with them on vacation.

“I think this increase can be attributed to the fact that millions of Americans have adopted pets during the pandemic, including myself, not to mention all the time we have spent with our pets while working. home and not travelling,” said Sheryl Wagner, director of tourism for VisitStaunton.

Nearly 23 million households in the United States have taken in a pet since the start of the pandemic, which represents nearly 1 in 5 households, according to the ASPCA.

Now that businesses have reopened and travel demand is strong, tourists want to take their furry friends with them. In a Mars Petcare survey, 65% of pet owners are interested in traveling with their four-legged friends.


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