Vacation plans or just need a daysitter? The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel will pamper your pet while you’re away

Photography by Olivia Ross / Lindsay Shults gives Teddy Doux a haircut at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel.
Photography by Olivia Ross / Lindsay Shults gives Teddy Doux a haircut at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel.

* LOCATIONS: In Chattanooga at 1100 Dayton Blvd., 7760 East Brainerd Rd., 5461 Hixson Pike and 1957 Reggie White Blvd.; also locations in Madison and Huntsville, Alabama, with another tentatively set to open next summer in Orlando, Florida.

* HISTORY: Owner Jay Floyd opened the first Ark location in Red Bank in 2006, says Adam Harbin, vice president of The P4 Group, which owns The Ark, Slobberbones Pet Bakery & Bath, and The Ark University. Floyd, a real estate developer, was looking for boarding and day care for his Rottweiler, Sophie, Harbin recalls. When Floyd couldn't find anything he liked, he launched The Ark. The East Brainerd location followed in 2011, Harbin says, followed by Hixson in 2015, Chattanooga's Southside in 2019, Madison, Alabama in 2020 and Huntsville in mid-October. Harbin says planning for the Orlando location calls for a separately branded dog park and, for pet parents, a wine bar.

* SERVICES: Dogs are the main guests at The Ark, Harbin says, but clients have brought domestic pets including rabbits, birds, "the occasional reptile," and on rare occasions, a miniature pig. Whatever the pet, he says, the aim of staff at each Ark location is to care for those pets as though they were their own.

* NUMBERS: The Ark has 12 to 16 employees per location, Harbin says, with about two-thirds of those working full-time. With the COVID-driven exception of 2020, he adds, each store has enjoyed double-digit growth year over year.


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