‘Where furry friends unite’: Dog daycare and boarding center to open in Pittsfield Township

YPSILANTI, MI – A superhero themed dog daycare and boarding center is planned for Pittsfield Township once the facility receives its building permits and building department application approval.

Pup City Doggy Daycare & Boarding recently received its final site plan approval from Pittsfield Township’s Planning Commission on July 7. The facility will take over the previous Zap Zone location at 4177 Carpenter Rd.

The facility, roughly 10,300 square feet, may be open by November or December of 2022 if plans go accordingly, said Matthew Golowic, owner of Pup City Doggy Daycare & Boarding.

A lack of dog daycare and boarding facilities in Pittsfield Township prompted Golowic to want to open a business of his own. He has spent the past two years trying to find a spot for Pup City Doggy Daycare & Boarding.

“I’m trying to create a conveniently placed, 100% transparent doggy daycare that can provide unique amenities, high-end facility features and a memorable experience that dogs actually deserve,” he said.

The facility plans to offer different services such as daycare, both for half days and full days, overnight boarding and eventually grooming services.

Golowic said the facility will also have multistory play structures and over 6,000 square feet of outdoor exercise space.

The facility will not be breed or size specific, but instead will be a place “where furry friends unite,” Golowic said. The only requirement is that the dogs must pass a dog friendly temperament test.

“What is really important to me is that dogs pass a dog friendly temperament test,” Golowic said. “That means that they’re friendly with other dogs, they can be in yards with other dogs and they can be in the kennel area with other dogs.”

The facility plans to have a maximum capacity of 125 dogs, and will adjust the number according to its operations. It also plans to have an employee to dog ratio of 1-to-15.

The business is set to be open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm

Pup City Doggy Daycare & Boarding was originally granted conditional use approval at Pittsfield Township Planning Commission’s March 17 meeting. With this permit, the facility had to follow certain conditions for its final site plan.

The conditions the facility had to address involved providing plans for waste removal, landscaping plans, details of its dumpster pad and enclosure and elevation details.

Golowic said the most exciting part about opening Pup City Doggy Daycare & Boarding is that he will be able to take his two dogs to the facility and wear gym shorts to work.

Along with those things, he is also looking forward to providing a transparent place for people to bring their pets.

“I’m focusing on 100% business transparency,” Golowic said. “We encourage walking tours, we encourage clients to learn the day-to-day setup of our business operations and we’re just trying to build this business off of 100% business transparency and community involvement.”

Golowic believes the need for dog daycare and boarding will only continue to grow in the future. He is hoping his facility that combines “a franchise style vibe and small business style service” will benefit the community.

“It’s a super fast growing community with loads of residents coming in and out and commuting down … to downtown Ann Arbor,” he said. “With such a massive community, there’s little to no options for doggy daycares and the need is going to be there even more in the next couple of years.”

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