An enormous cat and dog hotel - the 2,400 square metre AtFrits - opened in Bree Street, Cape Town, on Thursday.
Starting at R285 per night, the hotel offers scheduled feeding, constant supervision and a constant live feed to ensure owners that their animals are well taken care of.
And for a cool R1,500, dog owners can treat their animals to AtFrits’ presidential suite, which features mood lighting and a TV.
According to Klue's research, the hotel is the biggest of its kind in the world.
The 56 rooms are each decorated according to doggy-inspired themes - including HollyWoof, Jurassic Bark and Dognald Trump, owner and founder Yanic Klue says.
“We’ve priced it in such a manner that the rooms don’t cost much more than what an owner would pay to have someone house sit,” Klue told Business Insider South Africa.
“We wanted to make it as accessible as possible; that a young person in a new job will still be able to bring their loved one when they have to head to work.”
Klue founded AtFrits, named after her beloved pup Frits, in 2010 while she was studying her MBA at the Stellenbosch Business School.
“I was sitting in class wondering why no one has done something similar in South Africa. And that December AtFrits was born.”
The doggy hotel relocated from Castle Street to Bree Street when demand exceeded supply. The new hotel now also includes 32 cat rooms and a doggy swimming pool. “We can now comfortably cater to over 350 dogs and 30 cats per day. I am still in awe of it all.”
The hotel's cat rooms have all already been booked for December.
AtFrits’ typical client base varies from young working professionals, business people and even tourists.
Klue says they have a night care service specifically designed for actors, directors and waiters who tend to work at night.
And in the mornings AtFrits welcome guests from as early as 04:00 as morning presenters, and corporate types drop their pets on the way to work or airport.
Over the past eight years, AtFrits housed more than 92,000 dogs and only had two incidents where animals were severely injured, Klue says.
“It’s like having a school. You place dogs that are compatible with each other in the same play area. Yes, there are fights and tears, but most of the time the dogs are always excited to see each other.”
Klue says she’s based the entire concept on the care she would’ve wanted for her dog Frits who passed away from a heart disease in August.
“Frits was my best friend - not even my husband was allowed to walk him. But I thought it would be hypocritical of me not to allow my staff to walk my dog, but allow other dogs to be walked, so I sent the entire team for dog walking lessons,” Klue says.
“There’s a live stream of the animals, because I knew I would’ve to see Frits 24/7 if I was away. I treat all animals how I would’ve wanted Frits to be treated.”
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