Cozy Care Pet Boarding opened Memorial Day weekend

Leaving children at a day care facility can be difficult for parents not to mention the child itself.

It’s safe to say most parents don’t take the decision lightly, researching and visiting multiple centers before choosing one.

Animals, according to Jane Elyea, are no different. Pets can suffer from nerves, fear and even separation anxiety, the same as humans. As a result, the same time and consideration should go into choosing a boarding facility for a cat or dog as go into choosing a babysitter for a child, she said.

Cozy Care Pet Boarding, owned and operated out of Elyea’s home less than two miles off the River Road exit in Sequim, offers dog and cat boarding with a “professional and compassionate touch.” The facility celebrated its grand opening Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s like doggy or kitty summer camp,” Elyea described, with the sound of dogs barking faintly audible in the background. “It’s supposed to be fun, not like a stereotypical boarding experience where animals are kept in a kennel and just let outdoors long enough to go potty.”

Cats are housed in a feline room with 3- by 4-foot enclosures that can be opened into 3- by 8- or 3- by 12-foot areas. A climbing tree is available in a common play area the cats are allowed in during daylight hours.

Dogs are housed in an indoor canine room with 5- by 4-foot and 6- by 6-foot enclosures that the dogs can see out of but not between. Outside are four giant play yards separated by chain link fence, with covered areas out of the elements available. Dogs are socialized outdoors and separated by temperament and size.

“I wouldn’t put an older dog in with a rowdy golden retriever,” Elyea assured. “An older dog, even if it was bigger, would be appropriately matched with smaller, softer playing dogs.

Elyea has been working in the animal care industry for more than 10 years. In fact, she co-founded a nonprofit rescue shelter in California seven years ago before moving to Sequim in 2004.

Prior to working with animals, Elyea was the minor league executive director for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I was corporate America for more than 25 years,” she said. “When I moved here I decided to finally do what I love and that’s working with animals.”

Elyea has a soft spot for abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Four out of five of her “children,” as she calls them, are rescue dogs.

“I’ve always loved cats and dogs,” she said. “It’s been fun watching the facility develop but I’m ready for the next stage now. I can’t wait for the warm weather so I can sit outside and just play with the dogs boarding.”

Elyea said she feels at home in Sequim. “I love the lifestyle here. I love that my work attire is boots and Levis,” she joked.

New clients are invited to visit the kennel, meet Elyea and explore the grounds at no cost.

“I make each stay as comfortable as possible for every animal,” Elyea said. “I’m experienced, I know what I’m doing and I love it. I will treat your pet like one of my own,” she promised.

Quality care for family pets

Cozy Care Pet Boarding offers social dog and cat boarding with a professional and compassionate touch. Food and bedding are provided at no additional cost. All pets must be current on vaccines and preferably flea-free. The business is open by appointment only. Standard pick-up and drop-off times are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 681-0113 or e-mail

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