Sharon Dunn
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August 16, 2014
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Dog day care, trainer opens in old shelter

For years it was a place for saving animals from shelters.

Today, the former no-kill dog shelter along Colo. 392 can be seen just as much as a way to save dogs as ever before.

“The number one reason why dogs end up in animal shelters are behavior issues that could be fixed,” said Jake Kemp, who recently bought the property after months of negotiations. “This can give people a way to keep their dogs, get some training and enjoy the pet they chose.”

This week Kemp will open Mountain State K9 Academy, a doggie day care, boarding and training school. Soon, he’ll add grooming to the mix in the former Denkai Animal Sanctuary, which partnered with K9 Bed and Biscuit animal shelter from 2007-12 before moving to Eaton and opening a veterinary clinic.

Kemp, a former plumber from Fort Collins, recently returned to Colorado from St. Louis, where he trained and became a dog-training instructor at the Tom Rose School. He and former student Ashley McGaughey will train dogs on site.

He said he’s been negotiating to buy the property since last November, after returning to Colorado to be near his daughter, who lives in Fort Collins.

“We used to volunteer and come out here and take dogs for walks, and I never thought I’d end up owning it,” Kemp said of the property.

Kemp has remodeled the property, which includes the shelter and two homes. He remodeled the lobby, updated the furnaces and air conditioners, repainted, and repaired the fence. At present, he is working on eradicating the weeds to bring back the turf.

Kemp said he thinks the facility is in the perfect spot, right off a busy highway and close to Greeley and Windsor.

He hopes it will provide commuters a spot to drop off their dogs for the day instead of crating them alone at their homes. He said dogs will be allowed out in group playtime, or even one-on-one playtime with staff if they don’t get along with other dogs.

“It’s nice because when people get home, they pick up their dog and the dog is tired and ready to nap instead of it having endless energy” when their humans are tired from a long day at work.

“My goal is to provide people a way to enjoy their pets,” Kemp said. “The average pet costs you $1,500 a year between dog food and expenses. They can live up to 15-18 years. The little money you spend on training sure makes life more enjoyable.”


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