New business in Euclid goes to the dogs

Owner Michelle Castillo poses with A Pet's Place furry mascot Pedro.

Love of animals inspires City’s first dog boarding and daycare facility

Michelle Castillo’s new small business, A Pet’s Place, located at 23600 Lakeland Blvd, goes to the dogs, literally.

Castillo, a local entrepreneur, opened her doggy daycare to much fanfare in early May. Mayor Cervenik, City Economic Development officials, representatives from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Pedro, the center’s adorable mascot were all present to celebrate the event

Michelle Castillo has been working as an actuarial analyst for the past 15 years for a health insurance provider. After earning her MBA in 2010, she realized that she wanted to start her own business. She observed a local doggy day care while attending a training class with her dog Chico, the inspiration struck her, and she decided to pursue her dream.

The passion for her business grew out of Castillo’s longtime love of animals. As a child, she wanted to be a veterinarian and has since volunteered at a number of pet-friendly facilities including the local shelter. Her personal furry companions have also served as therapy dogs, ministering to two-legged companions in need of some love.

The newly renovated facility reflects this passion and is approximately 7,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 70 dogs.

Castillo has truly transformed the former car-stereo installation shop through extensive power washing, painting and the application of an epoxy finish. Her $20,000 investment has made the building a home away from home for local canine comrades.

Indeed, a Pet’s Place was designed with pets and their two-legged parents in mind. Boasting convenient hours, Monday through Friday, 6am to 7 pm, and a readily accessible location, immediately proximate to I-90 and Route 2, downtown commuters can rest-assured that their furry companions will have a fulfilling day without interrupting their morning routine.

No detail has been missed as coffee is even available free of charge to owners on the go!

Other amenities include a climate controlled play environment, an outdoor play area and a lounge area for more timid and or elderly guests.

Owners will be asked to provide veterinary information such as shots and flea medications.

A Pet’s Place rates start at $22/day. A 5-day pass is $100.

Castillo emphasizes the benefits of physical activity to our furry friends, “Dogs would be so much better-behaved if they had more exercise! They can come here to expel excess energy and then relax with their owners after-hours!”

For questions please contact A Pet’s Place at 216-732-3070.

Nicole Musgrave

Economic Development Coordinator, City of Euclid

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:47 PM, 08.09.2013