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AnimaLodge Pet Resort expands Day Camp facility, adds webcams

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, April 15, 2021
AnimaLodge Pet Technican Madi Achten gives some loves to “Theodore” during the controlled chaos that is the Doggie Day Camp while “Hank” and “Cora” wait their turn. The Pet Resort recently opened a climate–controlled indoor day care facility and added four live webcams so owners can watch their pets play throughout the day. Outlook photos by Chris McConnell

AnimaLodge Pet Technican Madi Achten gives some loves to “Theodore” during the controlled chaos that is the Doggie Day Camp while “Hank” and “Cora” wait their turn. The Pet Resort recently opened a climate–controlled indoor day care facility and added four live webcams so owners can watch their pets play throughout the day. Outlook photos by Chris McConnell

AnimaLodge Pet Resort General Manager Russ Woerner watches a pair of happy pups explore the new facility last week. The full service boarding and Doggie Day Camp business recently expanded their operations to include an indoor play area and live webcams.

AnimaLodge Pet Resort General Manager Russ Woerner watches a pair of happy pups explore the new facility last week. The full service boarding and Doggie Day Camp business recently expanded their operations to include an indoor play area and live webcams.

The AnimaLodge Pet Resort in East Laurel has expanded its Doggy Day Camp area to include a climate controlled indoor play room and now offers four webcams to give owners peace of mind (or for anyone who just wants to watch a mess of dogs have a party).

General Manager Russ Woerner said AnimaLodge Pet Resort first started as a veterinary clinic by his father, Don “Doc” Woerner, in 1973. The main building area was used as a horse arena from 1983 until 1998 when they began to offer pet boarding and the Doggy Day Camp.

They have continued to add to the facility over the years and the most recent expansion includes a climate controlled barn containing an indoor play area and meeting/training rooms. Construction began last February but was slowed during the pandemic by shipping delays and material shortages. After construction on the building is complete it will include training rooms, a classroom, public and staff restrooms and a kitchenette. “We may open that area up for the public to use at a later date,” Woerner said.

The new facility also has unique tiki–themed art on the walls painted by the Underground Culture Krew out of Billings. They chose the tropical theme because, “It’s always sunny at AnimaLodge.”

ALPR now has 25 employees– including 20 pet technicians–and has the capacity to board more than 100 dogs and cats. They typically see 25–30 dogs for Day Camp, where owners can drop them off on their way to work to have serious play sessions. “A tired dog is a good dog,” Woerner said.

The Day Camp area, named “Wiggly Field at Puppy Park,” used to just be a gravel yard and has been expanded incrementally to now include several different areas that include wading pools, playground equipment and the new artificial turfed indoor facility.

Woerner said all new clients have to pass a temperament test before they are allowed to take part in the camp. “Part of the process is introducing them to big and small dogs while on a leash.”

A typical day involves the dogs playing with each other and playing games with the pet techs which Woerner calls “enrichment.” Enrichment activities include scent work, brain games, stuffed Kong toys and one–on–one play times if the owner chooses. They get kenneled when they eat but Woerner said, “They are outside for most of the day except when we put them up to let them rest.”

It’s natural for any pet owner to have concerns about the care their pet receives, whether leaving them in someone else’s care for the day or for a week.

There was a recent incident at a boarding and day care center in Billings where cell phone footage revealed an employee abusing a dog in their care.

ALPR has had no such incidents and now offers live webcams so owners can check in on their pets. During Day Camp the dogs are constantly supervised by friendly, well trained and animal–loving pet care technicians and kennel attendants. Starting two weeks ago, ALPR began offering the webcams of the outdoor and indoor play areas where family and friends can check in on their pups during the day. These can be found on their website (animalodge.com) and give additional peace of mind to those may worry about the care their dogs receive.

Along with the Day Camp and dog and cat boarding, ALPR offers on–site grooming, small animal veterinary clinic and crematorium services. In addition, they have a self-service “Wash– a–Mutt” station and the Happy Tails Dog Park on the west side of the property that is open for public use. Woerner says they have plans to build a permanent fence over the next few months.

The facility remains committed to the pets in their care. “AnimaLodge Pet Resort has very loyal customers and we have seen generations of dogs from the same families,” Woerner said.

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