Pups @ Play - Montclair85A Walnut Street Montclair, NJ 07042
Your Paws…Our Passion
Our mission is to provide your dog with comprehensive, hands-on care – full of belly rubs and ear scratches – that seamlessly complements the adoring love and attention received at home.
Pups@Play is a clean, safe space where your pooch can feel comfortable hanging out and making friends while you’re at work or on the go.
Our experienced and attentive staff caters to the needs of each individual dog we serve: we provide personalized playtime, regular outdoor walks and so much more.
Because safety is our highest priority, all dogs are supervised by a team member who has been trained to monitor the pups’ health and activity levels. Plus, all of our dogs are up-to-date on shots and have passed a thorough sociability test.
Best of all, our regular social media updates, photos
Voted one of the top dog daycares, grooming, boutiques, boarding and training in Essex and Morris magazine.
You can rest assured that our furry guests are never confined to a suite, kennel or cage. Our climate-controlled facility features multiple playrooms, where your pup has the freedom to socialize, exercise and play the day away. We even offer a relaxing time-out space, available for napping and other stress-free needs.
About The Owners
I have been a dog lover since birth. The first word I ever spoke was “DOGGIE”. Two years into my life, my heart was captured by my first best friend – my dog, Muffi. The amount of joy, laughter and love this adorable mini-collie mix brought to me and my family cannot be quantified.
Because of my passion for dogs, I dreamt of “growing up” to be a veterinarian. However, life and circumstance took me down a different career path. My professional experience has been in the world of finance, accounting and taxes – although my dream of working with dogs never waned.
I met Lori Zimmerman in a local Starbucks. She was sitting at a table, diligently working and sketching ideas. It was all DOG! PUPPY! CANINE! So, of course, I had to ask, “What are you working on?” She replied, “I’m opening a dog daycare and boarding place. I’m thinking of calling it Pups@Play.” We talked for hours about the future Pups@Play, her dogs, my dogs…anything and everything canine… I wished her luck and thought…’ I want to do that.’
At last, here I am, building, opening and operating Pups@Play Montclair with Lori, finally fulfilling my lifelong dream of working with dogs. I am so excited to be a partner in this business that will serve the local communities, and most importantly, YOU and your PUP.
A native of Livingston, NJ, my sweet spot for canine cuties never wavered throughout the course of my life. Just as many lives do, mine has taken a winding path, along which I’m proud to have collected valuable knowledge and built character. And it’s this same trail that has led me by a gentle leash of love to the ultimate realization of my vision in Pups@Play.
My professional experience ranges from the creative into the realms of business and sales. My life was full, yet not completely fulfilled… I had my
pups, Chelsea and Thelma (who have since passed,) and then Oscar, Theo and Louise, but I didn’t come full circle, into that X-BARKS-the-SPOT landing field of my dreams until the arrival of Pups@Play. Inspiration led to an idea and then the question: How can I share my lifelong passion for dogs, as well as help other local passionate pup-owners?
This question is answered at last: I’ve fashioned a chic and unique venue where all attention is focused upon the complete well-being and happiness of your dog. My passion,coupled with today’s innovations in dog daycare and wellness, has helped us reap great benefits by providing better options for pup care at Pups@Play. With the support of an equally devoted and qualified staff, I’m proud to share Pups@Play with you … just consider the Pups@Play experience the under-one-WOOF
When it comes to finding the perfect home away from home for your four-legged pal, we’ve got everything you’re looking for. Our state-of-the-art facility is staffed with an attentive and fully trained family of caregivers. Below are just some of the areas we focus on to ensure
Our multi-playroom facility keeps your pup socializing all day long with like-mannered dogs.
Pups receive ’round-the-clock human interaction and are never confined to a suite, kennel or crate.
A trained staff member is always on hand to take your pup on regular walks.
Playtime is all the time at Pups@Play!
There is no additional fee for any of our one-on-one services.
All of our pups are required to pass a standard socialization test, ensuring that our facility is attended only by dogs who are just as friendly, sweet and well-mannered as yours.
All dogs must receive the proper vaccinations before attending any of our programs.
There is always someone here – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – to provide personal supervision for your pooch.
State-of-the-Art, Clean Facility
We employ a clean-air filtration system that sets the standard for an all-around sanitary facility.
Our strict cleaning schedule guarantees that all of our rooms are free of dirt and doggy debris each and every day.
Each of our rooms is climate controlled and comfortable all year round.