Welcome, we are South Tampa Pet Resort!

Award-Winning Canine Experts

Our team has over 30 years of experience in the doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, service dog and K9 training industry. Award-winning experience and our combined love of dogs makes South Tampa Pet Resort your dog’s home away from home. 

Dog Care You Can Trust

South Tampa Pet Resort opened in January 2018, but we have been a family for almost a decade. In 2010, one of our owners, Richard Starks, helped build the facility that used to be known as ‘Lucky Dog’ in downtown Tampa, FL. Over the next few years, many experienced dog handlers, trainers, managers and groomers joined the team. Managers such as Carrie Broyles, Mallory Sarver, and Caren Conner all played a vital role in the facility’s early success. 

Dog Care You Can Trust

South Tampa Pet Resort opened in January 2018, but we have been a family for almost a decade. In 2010, one of our owners, Richard Starks, helped build the facility that used to be known as ‘Lucky Dog’ in downtown Tampa, FL. Over the next few years, many experienced dog handlers, trainers, managers and groomers joined the team. Managers such as Carrie Broyles, Mallory Sarver, and Caren Conner all played a vital role in the facility’s early success. 

A Truly State-of-the-Art Pet Resort

As families grew and career paths changed, the original team dissolved and by 2016 each person had found their new journey in the canine industry. Reopening in 2018, we were overjoyed to hear sentiments like, “I remember you! Wow, I am so thrilled that you are back!” When South Tampa Pet Resort first opened it’s doors under the new name and ownership in January 2018, we overheard this sentiment day in and day out from our beloved clients.  Each of our managers has shared ownership in our company and your dog’s health, safety, and happiness is our top priority. Our family is thrilled to be back in Tampa, FL doing what we love to do—providing care for your furry friend while you are away at a truly state-of-the-art pet resort!

Proud member of the IBPSA!

As an IBPSA member we have pledged to provide conscientious care, deal honestly and fairly, respect customer confidence, continuously learn more and improve services, and operate their business honorably.

At South Tampa Pet Resort, we have a high standard for personalized canine care. When you choose us, you can rest easy knowing that your dog is in a safe and stimulating environment. Located in Tampa, FL | Open 24/7.

Team members

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Carrie Broyles, General Manager / Owner

“I always loved dogs as a child and started walking neighborhood dog’s when I was just 14 years old. That interest never went away and became a passion that lead me to job at an Airedale kennel when I was in my early 20’s. Over the next 20 years I ended up becoming a certified groomer, certified trainer and have worked at several kennels. I have built my life and career around the care and welfare of dog’s and wouldn’t want it any other way !”

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Caren Connor, Daycare Manager / Owner

“I absolutely love dogs and for me, the bigger the dog, the more love I get from them. Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, my love of animals started at a very young age and has continued my entire life. I have been in the pet industry for over 6 years and have been employed at doggy daycares for over 3 years of that time. Each day is different and each dog is different and that keeps me motivated each and every day. I hope to inspire my crew to cherish the time spent with every dog at STPR and to value them as their own.”

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Richard Starks, Owner

“My life’s work has been devoted to improving the relationship between dogs and their handlers. Having spent equal time in both the working dog and pet industry, I understand how important dogs are to our everyday lives. I feel grateful that I’ve been able to help train and distribute hundreds of service dogs to those in need. Also, I’ve been able to donate multiple trained police canines to units in need. While I have been a consult for dozens of kennels in the United States and helped build many of them from the ground up, I specifically helped build South Tampa Pet Resort in 2010 as well as Puppy Palace in Tampa, FL. I know what it takes to build and operate a safe and healthy facility, and I am so happy to be back home with my family at South Tampa Pet Resort”.

Our Customers Love SOUTH TAMPA PET RESORT!