BRISTOL - A dog day care facility is expected to open in Bristol in the next month or two.
Woof Pack will be located at 30 Cross St. in the old PTR Industry building. The building will require some work with the electrical because it was setup for manufacturing, explained Bob Carbonell, manager of the facility.
“The building is just less than 13,000 square feet on about three acres,” said Carbonell.
The focus is to make life easier for the customer by having a one-stop-shop kind of facility where they know their dog is in good care, stated Carbonell.
“The idea started because I wanted to put together a complete animal care center by bringing in the best of the industry and setting a new standard for taking care of customers and their pets,” Carbonell said.
He explained the plan is to hire half a dozen certified trainers and about 20 CPR and first aid trained employees to provide cage-free boarding for roughly 75 pre-screened dogs in a safe, secure and structured environment.
There will be a double fence around the facility with adequate lighting for the pets at night, and stipulations were incorporated in the plan to ensure they do not disrupt neighboring facilities.
“We will also offer grooming, day care, boarding and a pet taxi that is all encompassing,” said Carbonell. “The taxi will pick-up and drop-off pets, bring them to the vet or we can use it to help our elderly customers. We have one taxi at the moment, but plan to get more.”
“I am a veteran of the Air Force and volunteer at the veterans association, so I know how hard it is for a veteran to care for a dog and this is why we will offer them major discounts,” said Carbonell. “We want to cater to the veteran community and already plan on watching a couple of veterans’ dogs for six months while they are deployed.”
Carbonell explained he is currently waiting for approval by the state Department of Agriculture, which could take a few weeks.
Once approved, the final stages of the planning process can be performed with the engineers and could take roughly two weeks, explained City Planner Robert M. Flanagan.
“In the next three to four weeks we will wrap up things on the city side,” said Flanagan.
Once this step is complete it is up to the applicant to seek the proper permits from the state that are needed for the facility before they are allowed to open, explained Flanagan.
The facility is part of a three-year plan to develop multiple pet-related businesses and services in the area.
The plan discussed the possibility of veterinary services, a retail outlet for pet supplies and an additional day care facility in Bristol that would be larger, more secluded and employ more than 20 individuals. Other facilities are being discussed for Forestville and Terryville.
“The long-term plan is to open six facilities that will employ about 100 people,” said Carbonell. “We are also looking into putting a 20 to 25 acre retreat in the Chippens Hill area that will serve as a pet shelter, rescue and pantry.”
They are still weighing some options, but are looking at the Chippens Hill area to support the local economy, Carbonell stated.
An official opening date has not been set but the Carbonell hopes it will open by the end of June, but Flanagan thinks that may be a little optimistic.