Caitlin Belongea has worked at Sit & Stay Pet Resort for five years, and she's never seen it so busy before now.
“It’s been crazy here," she said.
The owners have never had to tell so many customers that there’s no room for their pets to stay overnight.
“We’re two weeks, three weeks ahead of time," said Tom Wood. "And we’re already at a wait 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 create the second Sit & Stay Pet Resort.
“The pandemic was definitely a catalyst to doing something different as far as branching out, opening up another facility," said Wood.
The 72-year-old building was first a Red Owl Grocery Store, then a pharmacy/doctors office, and then an art gallery. Transforming it into a doggie day care hasn’t been easy, but at least Wood doesn’t have to stress too much about hiring, he said.
“Staffing has been an issue," he said. "But not so much because we’re in the dog care business, and who doesn’t want to come play with dogs?“
Aside from just being taking care more dogs, this new facility will offer more training, seven days a week. Wood even wants to put in and indoor agility pool and turf field.
“We want Green Bay to love us," he said. "So far, we’ve had a lot of people stopping in and congratulating us getting ready. They want us to open.“
Wood expects to be able to open up the facility in about three to four weeks. His biggest piece of advice for all pet owners right now: get your reservations in early this summer while you’re planning your vacations.