Happy Hound

When Suzanne Golter moved to the Bay Area almost 25 years ago, she searched for a high-end dog day care facility like those in Southern California. What she found instead was a void in the marketplace. So, she set out to fill it. She studied every aspect of the industry, then opened Happy Hound Play and Daycare, which saw great success for twelve years – until she was forced out of her lease and had to close.

Suzanne leveraged 504 funding to custom-build a welcoming, high end dog boarding and day care center. Her business increased by 40% and more than 5,000 Happy Hound customers have created 25 new jobs for this woman-owned business. Every creature comfort has been thought of, which brings dog owners invaluable peace of mind. Suzanne has that same peace of mind, knowing she owns her building so she and the hounds in her care can happily call it home.

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Project Size

10,800 sf

Bank Partner

BBVA Compass Bank

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