On May 14, 2012, Hattie Larlham will officially open its third Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding at 18200 Brookpark Road, Suite A, in Cleveland, Ohio. Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding is an award-winning Hattie Larlham social enterprise that provides vocational training and meaningful employment to people with developmental disabilities. The new Cleveland location will create 40 jobs for people with developmental disabilities as well as positions for a manager, full-time and part time job coaches and a groomer. The cage-free facility will offer day care, overnight boarding and grooming services for dogs.
“At Hattie Larlham, creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to gain valuable work experience and be a part of their communities is an integral part of our mission. Programs like Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding are a win-win situation for people with developmental disabilities with a passion for working with animals to build their skill set and gain confidence while providing a safe, loving and attentive environment for the dogs in their care,” said Dennis Allen, chief executive officer for Hattie Larlham. “We are very thankful for the support of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities in helping us bring this unique program to Cleveland. We look forward to serving this new community.”
The new location of Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding is just two miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and within walking distance of the Brookpark Road Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) station, making it convenient for both travelers and commuters. The 5,300-square-foot facility featuring 26 individual dog rooms, two 2,000-square-foot outdoor play areas and four indoor activity areas, will be the largest Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding to date. Like the Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding facilities in Green and Twinsburg, the focus in Cleveland will also be on providing as much play and socialization time for dogs as possible.
Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding in Cleveland was made possible through the support and financial commitment of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
“We are pleased to partner with Hattie Larlham on this venture. We have successfully worked with them on other enterprises and are confident that this one too will be a success. Both our organizations share the goal of providing meaningful opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community,” said Dr. Terrence M. Ryan, Ph.D., superintendent of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Other sources of support include The Cleveland Foundation, the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, Deaconess Community Foundation, Murphy Family Foundation and the Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation.