Our Story | South Tampa Pet Resort | Tampa, Florida

Our Story

We are South Tampa Pet Resort and this is our story.  Our team has over 30 years of experience in the doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, service dog and training industry. Our experience and combined love of dogs, makes South Tampa Pet Resort your dog’s home away from home. While we opened our doors as South Tampa Pet Resort in January 2018, 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, the team grew and on-boarded many experienced dog handlers, trainers, managers and groomers. Managers such as Carrie Broyles, Mallory Sarver, and Caren Conner all played a vital role in Lucky Dog’s success in it’s early years. 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.
Full circle. “I remember you…wow I am so thrilled that you are back”, the defining statement that makes it all worth it. When South Tampa Pet Resort first opened it’s doors in January 2018, we overheard this sentiment day in and day out from our beloved clients. The facility, that is now known as South Tampa Pet Resort, underwent multiple transitions and changes throughout 2016 and 2017 including name changes and new ownership. We believe that change brings opportunity, and our team is excited to see what opportunities await. Each of our managers have shared ownership in our company and your dog’s health, safety, and happiness comes first. 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.

The Facility

South Tampa Pet Resort aims to set the standard high for personalized canine care in Tampa, FL. Our mission is to provide safe and stimulating individualized pet care to all of our dog guests.
Our state-of-the-art care includes:
  • 22,000 sqft. Full Service Pet Resort located near Downtown Tampa and Hyde Park Village
  • 3 acres of secured outdoor play space
  • International Boarding & Pet Services Association Certified
  • Private indoor and outdoor supervised play yards
  • 5 Miles from Tampa International Airport
  • Oversized A/C systems for excellent odor & climate control
  • 100% fresh air returns to reduce airborne illnesses
  • Competition grade dock diving pool
  • 24/7 On Site Care
  • 24 Hour Pickup and Drop off
  • 24 Hour security cameras
  • HDTV & Audio speakers throughout entire facility
  • Elevated pet cots for overnight boarders
  • An educated and well-trained staff to care for your pup