Central Bark® Set to Open Newest Whole Dog and Day Care Center in the Hudson Valley Town of Poughkeepsie, NY
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Central Bark® Set to Open Newest Whole Dog and Day Care Center in the Hudson Valley Town of Poughkeepsie, NY

April 24, 2024 // Franchising.com // Poughkeepsie, NY - Central Bark® is continuing its expansion with its soon to open first location in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY. Leading Central Bark’s expansion into the Hudson Valley is the husband-and-wife team of Denise and Ron Donofrio.

After their 30-year career in corporate banking and real estate, the couple was looking for a chance to work together and follow their dream of working with dogs. They have always had dogs in their lives and wanted to combine that passion with a business that was both a community and personal fit.

“As I was considering my transition out of banking after three decades, I knew I still wanted to work directly with my community, but in a different way,” said Denise Donofrio. “As lifelong dog lovers, we knew we wanted to find a business where we could embrace that deep connection, but it had to be the right fit. We certainly looked at options and even considered doing it ourselves, but we had an immediate connection with Central Bark and the people behind the brand. Their culture and commitment to dog safety above anything else immediately resonated.”

Once open in the Town of Poughkeepsie, the new whole dog and day care facility will bring approximately 15 job opportunities to the community including paid internships with Vassar, Marist, Dutchess, and New Paltz college students.

Central Bark Poughkeepsie will feature a safety first, green, and aesthetically designed state of the art facility. Services will include Enrichment Dog Day Care, which combines Central Bark’s dog day care expertise with the latest in canine behavior science. Enrichment Dog Day Care provides a healthy and balanced blend of exercise, social group play, learning, rest, and love. To round out its approach to whole dog care, Central Bark Poughkeepsie offers boarding, training, grooming, a boutique retail market, community dog and pet parent events, and additional services.

“As we were exploring franchising, we kept gravitating towards Central Bark because of three main reasons,” said Ron Donofrio. “One, Central Bark puts dog safety above everything else. Two, they provide families and their pets, with the ability to address whole dog and day care needs under one roof – from day care to grooming, training, boarding, pet supplies, and more. Lastly, it’s the people. Their culture is something you feel right away when you walk into a Central Bark. The dogs are happy, the parents are happy, our staff is happy, and we wouldn’t have anything less for our Hudson Valley Poughkeepsie community.”

Central Bark Poughkeepsie will feature indoor space and outdoor play areas. Activities include small flexible playgroups, group skills work, rest periods, and personalized one-on-one enrichment sessions. Enrichment add-ons give pups the extra attention they love and the freedom to use their senses, safely exploring with their instincts as they engage with interactive toys, puzzles, and games.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Denise and Ron to our growing Central Bark franchise family,” said Tim Weiderhoft, Ed.D., CFE, chief development officer for Central Bark. “With every new owner like Denise and Ron that we award a franchise to, we’re changing the dog care landscape. Given Denise and Ron’s incredible backgrounds and commitment to the Central Bark brand, we know they’re going to achieve great success.”

Central Bark Poughkeepsie is now taking VIP (Very Important Pup) reservations. The new facility is located just off Route 44 (Dutchess Turnpike) in the Plaza 44 Shopping Center at 15 Burnett Blvd.

SOURCE Central Bark


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