PROPHETSTOWN – Hobo Pet Motel east of town is closing after nearly 20 years, owner Carolyn Hohenboken said on the business' Facebook page.
Hohenboken and her husband, Karl, started the boarding service at their home at 20477 Prophet Road in October 2001. Karl is a veterinarian who owns and operated the Veterinary Clinic of Prophetstown, at 51 Grove St.
"Karl and I made a tough decision to close Hobo Pet Hotel permanently," she said. "Its been a good 20 years, but it’s time. Thank you for all the business and sharing your pets with me."
The shelter was open year-round and offered dog and cat boarding with 32 indoor and outdoor dog runs and nine cat cubbies. Indoor facilities were air conditioned and had heated floors.
The Hohenbokens also looked after rabbits and other small furry animals on occasion.
The post on Facebook drew wails from a multitude of commentors, all of whom praised the care their animals received at the kennel.
"So sad to hear this, but thank you for providing a wonderful service to the community for 20 years and for taking such good care of our fur babies when we couldn't be with them," Beth Sawyer-Snyder wrote.
"Where am I going to find another place for my fur babies, that can even come close to the loving care you have given them?" Dea Sweitzer wrote. "I am so sad for them but happy for you. Enjoy your retirement from pet care. You will be missed."