Capetonians out there who have been struggling to keep their furry friends fit during the nationwide lockdown are in luck as local pet hotel AtFrits has been given the go-ahead to offer dog exercise during lockdown.

The City of Cape Town and the National Government have decided to allow the local establishment to provide a location for locals to let their dogs exercise. This will especially help locals who live in apartments with limited space.

“Due to customer demand and requests as well as the overall health of animals staying in small spaces, we were granted permission to take in dogs to help exercise them in our 2400 square meter playground,” wrote AtFrits in a Facebook post.

While AtFrits is happily accepting dogs to allow them to exercise, they are also asking the public to not leave their homes unnecessarily and to combine essential shopping trips with dropping off their pets to minimise travel.

Booking times are from 9am to 3pm daily and pet owners are encouraged to feed their dog before dropping them off.

What do you need to do to get access to atFrits?:

– Humans will not be allowed onto the premises to drop off their dog without a mask or a face cover.
– Owners must please disinfect their hands at the gate and the soles of their shoes in the F10 footbath.
– Owners must please spray themselves with the F10 SC at the front door.

Once all of the above steps are met, guests will be allowed to enter the hotel.

AtFrits is also asking that the public be aware of their staff during their visits.

“Please respect our staff as they are really in the front line for your dogs’ wellbeing. Please keep a safe distance, follow the hygiene steps and help us to keep both our staff and your dog safe,” wrote AtFrits in a Facebook post.

As times are particularly tough right now, the establishment is also offering a free exercise day for pet-owners.

“To spread the love, should you know of friends or family whose dogs are really struggling with confinement issues, please forward this message on to them and their 1st day will be on us,” said the establishment.

Visitors simply need to show the latest post offering the free day on Facebook to claim it at reception.

AtFrits Pet Hotel and Daycare Centre is located at 261 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre.

Picture: Facebook

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Aimee Pace

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