Bayside Pet Resort coming to Wellen Park

VENICE, Fla. (May 12, 2022) – Pet parents will soon have a convenient location for day care and overnight boarding in Wellen Park. Bayside Pet Resort has announced its fourth location – a freestanding 16,000-square-foot building on U.S. 41 offering overnight accommodations for 100 dogs and 18 cats, two doggie day cares for large and small dogs, grooming, and obedience and agility training.

Complete with a pool, shaded courtyards and a half-acre agility course, construction on the luxury pet resort is expected start by September and be open in February 2023.

“Wellen Park is home to many pet lovers who will be counting the days until Bayside Pet Resort opens,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “We look forward to bringing this quality and level of luxury in pet care to our residents and the neighboring communities.”

Founded in Sarasota a decade ago by Bob and Lynne Huff, Bayside is the 2022 best pet boarder and best pet trainer as voted by readers of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

“Wellen Park is a phenomenal location,” said Tyler Smith, vice president of development and operations for Bayside Pet Resort. “With the expanded growth happening right now and continued growth in the future, we feel this is a great service for a lot of people who will be living in the community.”

The building, situated on 2.5 acres, is a new prototype with larger dog runs and outdoor spaces. It will have various-sized kennels, including overnight boarding in 100 air-conditioned dog suites – most with popular indoor-outdoor runs – and 18 kitty condos and penthouses. The kennels are humidity-controlled with fresh air circulated every 10 minutes and are equipped with webcams for owners to check in on their pets. Bayside Pet Resort also provides fresh linens and soothing music.

“We’re a five-star pet resort that offers wonderful amenities for our guests,” said Angeline Pantazis, director of operations for Bayside Pet Resort. “We take care of our clients’ pets as if they’re our own.”

Bayside Pet Resort also accepts turtles, fish, bearded dragons, guinea pigs, rabbits and snakes. A pot-bellied pig is also a frequent guest. Horses, birds and poisonous animals are not accepted.

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s 50 top fastest-selling master planned communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO, Wellen Park offers a mix of residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full build-out will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Downtown Wellen, the vibrant gathering hub for Wellen Park and the region, is under construction with the first phase anticipated to open in the fourth quarter of 2022. The pedestrian-friendly downtown offers retail shops, waterfront dining, professional and beauty services, public community spaces, lakefront parks and outdoor recreational opportunities along the 80-acre Grand Lake and 2.8-mile lakefront trail. Kayak, paddleboard and bicycle rentals will be available from an on-site outfitter.

Downtown Wellen also features a large events lawn, a hammock grove and alfresco lounge area under a nearly 100-year-old oak tree, a unique nature-inspired playground, and Solis Hall for concerts and community and private events.

For more information about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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