About the Founders
We are Steven and Jason Parker, brothers, lifelong animal lovers, entrepreneurs, and lifelong residents of New Jersey. We are the proud founders and owners of K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel, internationally recognized, multi award winning pet care facilities. It is our pleasure to take this time to let you know a little bit about ourselves and also let you know how much we truly appreciate your business!
- Over 20 years of pet industry experience
- Nationally renowned pet care experts
- National speakers and lecturers on pet care
- Recipients of the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
- Top Pet Care Franchise in the Nation - International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association
- Recipients of NJ Monthly’s “Best of” award since the inception of the award
- Recipients of Courier News “Best of the Best” award since the inception of the award
- Recipients of Franchise Times Dealmaker Award
Back in 1999, at the ages of 14 (Steve) and 12 (Jason) we started our first pet care business, K-9 Guardians Professional Pet Sitting, out of our love for dogs. At that time, we never planned on pursuing pet care as our careers, we just welcomed the idea to care for pets and earn a few extra bucks at such young ages. Everything changed in the fall of 2002 when Steven flew to Nashville, Tennessee in order to attend an international conference and convention for professional pet sitters. It was at this convention and by witnessing how successful other pet care professionals had become, that our dream to open a luxury hotel for dogs was born. We spent many years researching and travelling all over the United States in order to research and later develop the finest pet care facility.
In 2005, we purchased a commercial building in Fanwood, NJ and had it custom engineered and constructed to be one of the finest pet care facilities in the nation. Due to the unparalleled level of service offered, K9 Resorts was an immediate success and became the only facility in New Jersey that is rated # 1 by multiple major publications! This is something we are enormously proud of.
In 2010, we decided we wanted to provide other pet lovers with the opportunity to own their own business by sharing the knowledge and expertise we had learned. We determined that franchising was the best way for us to grow our company and provide others the opportunity to own their own business. After conducting our due diligence, we retained the services of SMB Franchise Advisors, one of the top franchise consulting firms in the country, to assist us in this venture. K9 Resorts officially became a franchise company in January 2011, and we sold our first franchise to one of our long-time customers only two months later.
By 2015, K9 Resorts had earned national recognition as a world class pet care facility and had become the #1 rated pet care facility in the nation. Due to this overwhelming success, we desperately needed a larger facility. In June of 2015, we purchased the property directly next door to our original Fanwood facility and we completely rebuilt our Flagship facility, more than doubling the size of our original facility.
As of today, we have over 75 locations either open or in development. We are very excited to be able to expand our brand nationwide.
We hope that this provides you with a little information about ourselves and a behind the scenes look on how we plan on expanding our quality pet care vision. Along with our entire team, we work very hard to provide the absolute best pet care possible and are very proud of the reputation K9 Resorts has earned! We thank you for the privilege of caring for your pets and we look forward to earning your repeat business and plan on providing exceptional pet care for many years to come. Once again, it is our pleasure to take this time to say thank you and let you know how much we genuinely appreciate your business!