When Amy Lewis worked as a veterinary technician, she heard complaints and concerns about boarding pets:
It was expensive, especially for dogs with special needs. Pets sometimes came home dirty, and many services were inflexible when it came to pet pick-up and drop-off.
So Lewis began offering in-home pet sitting and grooming services. Now, she's opening Bellevue Pet Adventures with her husband, Shannon, at 8705 S. Ninth St., which will offer dog boarding, training, grooming and self-wash services.
The grooming and training side of the business is expected to open in the first week of November, and the boarding and dog daycare side of the business is expected to be up and running by Thanksgiving, Lewis said.
“This area in particular, it's kind of starved for something like this,” she said.
Lewis said she hopes to target middle-income families by charging one flat fee per day for boarding — no extra charges for walks, extra attention or medications. The self-wash service fees, where people can bathe their dogs themselves, will include use of the tubs, shampoo, conditioner, dryers, brushes and cleanup.
Lewis said she expects to hire about 12 to 15 employees. The business also will allow local high school students interested in pursuing animal sciences to volunteer, and some of the business' profits will also be set aside for scholarships for those students.