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DICK PALAZZO, BETSY PALAZZO-DUDICK and KOREN PALAZZO-SPADAVECCHIA Private climate-controlled suites boast leather sofas, music, and skylights. There are natural stone areas with fresh water waterfalls and pools for splashing and swimming. Special programs include everything from Reiki and geriatric care to weight loss and socialization. Sound like your kind of exclusive all-inclusive luxury resort? There is a catch: it’s not for everyone; it’s for dogs and cats, though their owners are welcome to visit.
PURR’N POOCH PET RESORTS
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts is the insightful creation of Dick Palazzo who, armed with a pre-veterinary degree and a love of animals, set about, in 1969, to change the pet care business model in a way that, 40 years later, remains unique to this area, if not much of the world. “He had a vision that revolutionized the kennel industry, and was the first to provide pets with a fully controlled environment in an enclosed facility,” says Dick’s daughter Betsy Palazzo-Dudick, who, along with her sister Koren Palazzo-Spadavecchia and their mother, Dick’s wife Mary, run the family-owned business, taking it from one inspired level to the next. “Think of it,” says Betsy, “as The Atlantic Club and Molly Pitcher Inn for your pet.” Here, cats are top dog, with their own tranquil digs and specially built glassed-in funhouse replete with climbing walls, and so are animal rescue groups. The latter receive educational resources from the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals, established by the daughters as a present to their parents in honor of their 40th year in business. As Dick explains, his vision for Purr’n Pooch stemmed from “looking at things from a dog or cat’s point of view.” The end result is a place that says no to boredom and yes to self-expression and fun.
PURR’N POOCH PET RESORTS 86 Gilbert St. West, Tinton Falls, 732.842.4949 | 2424 Hwy 35, Wall Township, 732.528.8100 | purrnpooch.com
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