Faces of Fairfax City: Affectionate Pet Care
While mom and dad are at work, their furbabies don’t have to be home alone. Affectionate Pet Care will provide a safe and fun playtime for your precious pup. Not only will your canine baby be lovingly cared for, but he will have so much fun running around in the large fenced grass area, swimming in the doggie pool, playing with his best friends (canine and human), and even receiving lessons on how to be the best dog ever. Your dog will not be bored or lethargic here!
When you travel and can’t take Fido along, Affectionate Pet Care provides a safe and cage-free boarding environment. You can rest assured that your dog will be looked after 24/7: fun, free playtime during the day and safe snoozing with attentive staff at night.
Your dog will have so much fun at Affectionate Pet Care, you will have a hard time dragging him home afterwards!
Read more about Affectionate Pet Care below from the owner and CEO, Amy Mercadante.
Tell us a little about Affectionate Pet Care.
We provide customized service options for all pet care needs, including Cage-free Boarding, Dog Daycare, Grooming and Dog Training. We also have in-home Pet Sitting services. A professional Pet Sitter can provide care in the pet’s familiar surroundings for vacation visits/stays or daily dog walking.
What makes Affectionate Pet Care unique to Fairfax City?
We are the only cage-free 24 hour pet care facility with indoor and outdoor play areas.
How many years have you been in the city and what encouraged you to take the leap to get started?
We relocated our pet care facility from Fairfax Station to the City of Fairfax in 2012. We were pleased with the City’s special permit process outlining all of our business activities, and the small town experience in dealing with the wonderful City of Fairfax professionals.
Affectionate Pet Care was established in 1998. I always knew I would work with animals and I grew up in Fairfax and was encouraged by the area’s responsible pet owners.
What inspired you to open Affectionate Pet Care in Fairfax City?
What I mentioned above, and the opportunity to be in a close-knit community with charm and comfort.
What do you enjoy most about having a business in Fairfax City?
We are centrally-located and close to everything. The people in this area treat their pet so well and we are proud to be a part of this community.
How has Affectionate Pet Care changed since its opening?
Not much has changed as we have always offered and provided the same services, but we have enjoyed growing and adding on facilities as we grew more and more each year. We are looking forward to renovating and upgrading our Grooming Spa in the near future.
What do clients and/or customers say they love about Affectionate Pet Care?
Our clients are so happy that their pets are always so happy to come to our facility and love our staff. They appreciate our 24 hour cage-free environment and our large fenced outdoor play yards.
What are some of your fondest memories or biggest successes since you’ve opened?
The pets have created such fond memories for all if us. They steal your heart and make each day the best. There are so many we had the pleasure of caring for that have left us with happy memories. Our move to the City of Fairfax was a huge success. We came from a cozy 2,700 square foot facility to our now 12,000 square foot facility. We made the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies shortly after. We have been recognized as “Best in Pet Care” by Washingtonian in 2008 and 2019, we recently eared “Best Dog Daycare Virginia” by Happy Doggo, and many others, we were also rated 100% Superior by Consumer’s CheckBook.
What’s next for you and Affectionate Pet Care?
We will continue to strive to be the best pet care option for all pet owners, and we have decided to expand into additional locations through franchising. Franchising opportunities will be available later this year to qualified applicants.
Are there any fun facts you would like residents and visitors to know?
Dogs in our care receive maximum exercise and 24-7 cuddles and care by our team. They go outside several times throughout the day and get to splash around in the doggie pools in the summer months.
When you’re not working, where in Fairfax City do you like to spend your time?
I love Peet’s Coffee, Smashed Creamery, and Bollywood Bistro!
How can people follow you on social media?
@affectionatepetcare on Instagram
@AffectionatePetCare on Facebook
@twittindog on Twitter
Our website: www.affectionatepetcare.com