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All About Animal Resorts

About Animal Resorts


Located on a 25 acre historical farm (circa 1750) in Downingtown, Chester County, PA, this country estate is set back from industrialized corporate centers and busy road traffic, yet is still convenient for all residents in the surrounding areas. An extra few minutes of driving for the safety, security and health of your furry family member is time well spent! 

Our Facility was established in 1970, and in 1996, we became the first real "Animal Resort" to offer Daycare and additional activities like play-times, play pals, hikes, and pond swims.  We also offer Professional Training services and are one of the few remaining kennels to offer adjoining indoor/outdoor private suites in our area. This amenity makes it possible for us to board shy, fearful or aggressive dogs. There are over 6 acres of real grass area fenced for individual and/or group play for your pet’s pleasure. Another 10 acres is fenced for nature hikes through open and wooded trails with streams and a pond.

Real Mother Nature at her best!

Our facility provides for a clean, fresh-air environment, and lots of attention and activity, essential to your pet's good health. Our staff strives to provide the best accommodations and care for your pet! We recommend you sign up for additional activities to provide your pet with more attention and they will most likely have a better time on their "vacation" than you do on yours!

We, the owners, who operate and live on site, believe your pet’s safety, comfort, and happiness to be our first priority, a belief that is also shared by the entire staff.  All full-time employees have attended dog behavioral training schools or other pet seminars and are pursuing animal oriented careers. We do not hire unqualified caretakers. Read more about our staff below!

Meet Some of Our Team! 

Drew McElya CPT


Drew is the owner here at Animal Resorts. He has 30+ years experience with many styles of training. He believes there are a multitude of ways to train, and you should always be open to adjusting your methods to give each dog exactly what they need in order to learn and flourish. He continues his education by attending a variety of pet training and behavior seminars, believing that you can never stop learning. He graduated from The Master Trainer Course at National K-9 Learning Center in 1999, receiving every certification the program offered, including: Basic/Advanced Obedience, Utility, Retrieval, Scent Detection, Tracking, Support Dog, Police K9, Personal Protection. He attended Cornell University's Solving Canine Behavior problems and many other seminars as well. He was one of the first American Kennel Club Canine Good CItizen Test Evaluators (Evaluator #19).  He is also a member of Penn Treaty Kennel Club an AKC all breed club, who is continually looking for new members.  Drew is certified by the American Red Cross in canine first aid and CPR. He has experience with a vast array of breeds; his own personal dogs are rottweilers, shiloh shepherds, labs, belgian malinois, and mastiffs. He has lived on premises here at Animal Resorts since we opened, over 25 years ago.

Ryan Bedford

Ryan started working at Animal Resorts in October of 2019. He does maintenance work around the property, and helps out with the pups too. He works hard to keep our farm looking beautiful, and we can't imagine what we would do without him! His trusty sidekick, Faith the rottweiler, accompanies him to work everyday. 




Katy has been with us for about a year now and we’re so happy to have her! After working in a hospital for over 30 years, she wanted to do something different. She volunteered for LaMancha Animal Rescue for 4 years and currently volunteers for Lucky Dawg Animal Rescue. She has so much love for the doggos! 


Alison joined our team about a year ago and quickly became a crucial team member. She’s here every weekday, hanging with our daycare dogs and caring for our boarding dogs. She has farm animals of her own and works with horses too - a lover of animals for sure! 


Molly R. 

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Molly R. has been working here for about a year now and immediately fit right in with our team. She currently attends TCHS and is studying veterinary science. If it isn’t obvious enough from her photo - she loves working with animals!


Chandler started working for us in February of 2021 when she was in high school. She now attends University of Pittsburgh, but still works part-time when she’s in town. Chandler always gives every dog equal cuddles and attention. She’s the best!

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