Caitlin Belongea has been with the Sit & Stay Pet Resort for five years and has never seen it so busy.
“It was crazy here,” she said.
Owners have never had to tell so many customers that there is no place for their pets to stay.
“We’re two weeks, three weeks ahead,” said Tom Wood. “And we’re already on a waiting list.”
In February of this year, Wood and co-owner Jim Otto made the decision to buy a building on East Mason Street in Green Bay to build the second Sit & Stay Pet Resort.
“The pandemic was definitely a catalyst for doing something other than branching out and opening another facility,” Wood said.
The 72 year old building was first a Red Owl grocery store, then a pharmacy / doctor’s office, and then an art gallery. Turning it into a dog daycare wasn’t easy, but at least Wood doesn’t have to worry too much about setting it up, he said.
“Staffing was a problem,” he said. “But not so much because we work in dog grooming and who doesn’t want to play with dogs?”
Aside from only caring for dogs, this new facility offers more training seven days a week. Wood even plans to add an indoor agility pool and lawn.
“We want Green Bay to love us,” he said. “So far, a lot of people have stopped by and congratulated us on the preparation. They want us to open. “
Wood expects to be able to open the facility in about three to four weeks. His biggest piece of advice to all pet owners right now: get your reservations in early summer while you are planning your vacation.