A custom-built dog park in Dallas has rewarded its operators with $200,000 in revenue and rewarded local dogs with a canine paradise.
Kelly and Cody Acree raised $10 million to build Unleashed Indoor Dog Parks – a 25,000 square foot, air-conditioned play area that opened last March, CNN reports.
After finding it extremely difficult to find local parks suitable for their dog, Lucas, to get enough exercise, the couple began dreaming of a better alternative. "Municipal parks are lacking in a lot of respects, from seating to shade to pet owners not picking up after their dogs," said Kelly.
Unleashed Parks includes ample indoor space for dogs to frolic – especially the summer scorches downtown Dallas – and offers Wi-Fi, a snack bar, and a pet-supply store for humans looking to upgrade their pet care.
One Dallas resident and customer, Kim Putnam, told the news source, "I’ve lived in places that aren’t as nice." Two managers and 23 employees monitor and play with visiting dogs, and allow pets staying overnight to snuggle up next to them in king-sized beds.
The Acrees hope to expand their business into Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Phoenix.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, annual costs of caring for cats and dogs can range from $670 to $1,580, depending on the commodities and services purchased.