On April 15th, it was formally announced that Hillside Unleashed Pet Resort would become Villa La PAWS Unleashed in Scottsdale, located at 11485 N 136th St #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
Mark Carr, a new Franchisee of Villa La PAWS LLC, purchased Hillside Unleashed Pet Resort from Cathy and Dr. Brad Rosonke, DVM. The Rosonke’s also own and operate Hillside Animal Clinic. Mark will be converting the operation to the Villa La PAWS Pet Resort & Spa model whose focus is on creating and maintaining a stress-free environment for dog guests and their parents.
Mark is another corporate refugee fleeing to Villa la PAWS as others have. Mark spent over 25 years as a high-level executive in human resource management for Fortune 100 companies.
Mark on the left, the Corporate Executive, has morphed into the Mark on the right, the PETrepreneur, nice change!
Mark has been actively involved in animal rescue organizations over the years and currently has two rescue dogs, one from Boarder Collie Rescue and the other from Animal Guardian Network. Our kinda guy!
Mark’s intent when signing on as a Villa La PAWS Franchisee was to open Villa La PAWS Pet Resort & Spa locations, one in Northeast Scottsdale and the other in the East Valley. Mark stated: “The opportunity to acquire Hillside Unleashed Pet Resort was extremely fortunate and very timely as it fulfilled a very important first step in my Villa La PAWS development and expansion plan”.
Tom Murray, CEO/President of Villa La PAWS stated: “I had the pleasure of meeting Cathy and Brad Rosonke in 2011 as they were in the planning stages of Hillside Unleashed. I knew they would build a wonderful upscale pet services business and I was very impressed that their philosophies and values were almost identical to those of Villa La PAWS. The opportunity for Hillside Unleashed to become available as it did was almost uncanny. I told Mark that he had a “Buy/Build” decision and I truly believe he made the right decision”.
The transition of Hillside Unleashed to Villa La PAWS will be very seamless and I am really pleased that the current Hillside Unleashed staff is excited about the future opportunities that will be open to them as well”.
Cathy and Dr. Brad Rosonke, DVM, launched Hillside Unleashed in 2011. The Rosonke’s set out to redesign and redefine the dog daycare, boarding and grooming experience for local pet owners. Using pet-friendly, recycled and “green” materials, the design team created expansive play areas with rubberized, shock absorbent, anti-bacterial flooring, new spacious suites for overnight stays, a covered outdoor park area and a grooming studio that is designed for pet’s comfort.They achieved their goal!
Villa la PAWS will build on the solid foundation that they have achieved by adding additional value to Unleashed customers in the very near future by implementing:
- 7/24 Staff On-Site and Webcams
- Extended service days/hours of service
- Adding our signature Stress-Free, Cage-Free Boarding Option
We are also very pleased to announce that our former Assistant Manager at Villa La PAWS on Shea, Andrew Winters, will take over as the Resort Manger of Villa La PAWS Unleashed in Scottsdale. Andrew said: “I am very excited to be back in the Villa La PAWS family and look forward to working with the great staff at Villa La PAWS Unleashed in Scottsdale”.
Andrew is also a Dog Trainer in our Paws University Dog Training Academy and will bring that expertise to Villa La Paws Unleashed in Scottsdale.