Hounds Town USA opens first dog daycare in Georgia
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – Michelle Eason always dreamed of running her own business, but it wasn’t always a pet daycare.
Eason, a longtime resident of Metro Atlanta and a former student of Shiloh High School, spent 26 years in the insurance industry – even opening his own insurance company – before deciding to pursue her dream of open up a space for dog lovers like her.
“While I was confident I kept thinking about what it would be a dream to work with animals. I love dogs, I love cats and so it was a calling for me. I kept having that craving, ”Eason told Patch. “I was ready to move on to the next chapter of my life and do something that I am passionate about.”
The mum-of-three bitch – Bradley, Penny, and Gypsy, who you can see trotting through downtown – opened Hounds Town USA’s first location in the state on June 26, hoping to help alleviate the separation anxiety and entertaining pets – especially so much on the subway Atlanta’s workforce returns to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic kept people home full time with our friends furry.
The 6,000 square foot location offers simple prices, luxury suites for overnight boarding, expansive play areas, dog grooming services, a dog day spa, and even a pet taxi service. pet, where a Hounds Town employee will pick up or drop off your pet. if you live less than 5 miles from the center.
Hounds Town also offers overnight cat boarding at their multi-level cat apartments, which they aptly named “Purrington Villas” – a small representation of the fun they are having in Hounds Town, Eason said.
“In the corporate world it’s very regulated and routine, and things are done a certain way. It wasn’t always a fun environment,” Eason said. “But here we don’t take ourselves too seriously – the only thing we take seriously is the safety of the dogs and cats that are here with us.”
Hounds Town not only offers straightforward pricing options and a pack environment for our four-legged friends, but the company also doesn’t discriminate against specific breeds, sizes or disabilities – all dogs are welcome.
“I have a lot of friends who have pit bulls and they are gentle dogs with a good temperament, but a lot of places stereotype them,” Eason said. “We have a lot of people who called and said, ‘Hey I called so and so on the street and they won’t take me because my dog is a lab mix’ or ‘I have you got a dog. of 90 pounds, will you take it? “The non-discrimination policy in Hounds Town was so important to me.”
Hounds Town was opened in 2000 in Port Jefferson, New York by founding member of the New York Police Department’s Canine Unit, Mike Gould, and his wife Jackie Bondanza.
Gould spent over 40 years in dog management with the department before opening the Port Jefferson site in Hounds Town, which now operates more than 30 sites across the country. Eason said that once she met Gould and Bondanza, she was deeply into the business.
“The knowledge [Gould] had about dogs and dog behavior is exactly what Hounds Town is. We let the dogs come here and we want the dogs to be dogs – they play, they run, they jump, they do whatever dogs do in a pack. And with Jackie’s business acumen, I knew they had the knowledge to help me succeed, ”Eason said.
Hounds Town United States is located at 1899 Parker Court in Stone Mountain. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 6 am to 7 pm; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lobby is closed Monday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a siesta.