A ‘cozy space’ for man’s best friend: New doggie day-care business offers pet owners peace of mind – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Like millions of others who craved social interaction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ashley Sicuranza added a dog to her household in 2020. A beautiful husky named Kai, the pup is now Sicuranza’s best friend and greatest responsibility — and also the inspiration for her new business venture.

“When everything opened up again, and I returned to work, I honestly didn’t trust her with anyone else but me,” Sicuranza recalled. “I really felt there was a need for good doggie day care on Staten Island, because so many other people are in the same boat. That’s why I opened this business.”

Called 4 Paws Only and located on the corner of Main Street and Amboy Road in Tottenville, Sicuranza’s concept combines pet day care, boarding and grooming services in one 7,000-square-foot location.

“I’ve worked with animals my whole life, so this was an easy decision for me,” Sicuranza noted, detailing a former stint as a horseback riding instructor and listing a range of family pets. “I’ve always wanted to work with pets on a full-time basis, and now that’s exactly what I do.”

New doggie daycare business offer pet owners peace of mind

A spacious outdoor patio gives space for the pups to play. (Courtesy of Ashley Sicuranza)(Courtesy of Ashely Sicuranza)

Already an entrepreneur — she has successfully owned and operated an eyelash extension business for the past seven years — Sicuranza said she already knew the basics of business ownership. When she found an empty storefront and willing business partner, she decided to give it a go.

“My business partner, Tom, is a dog lover as well,” she said of Thomas Catanese, a friend who operates a masonry business by day and handles 4 Paws Only at night. “He has a Frenchie named Lucy, and we both bonded over this idea.”

Together, the pair completely renovated a former auto parts store to make their vision a reality.

“It was a vanilla box — one big open space — and we turned it into something special,” Sicuranza said of the layout. “We have two floors and indoor and outdoor play areas. We wanted to make it a cozy space where people felt extremely comfortable leaving their pets.”

New doggie daycare business offer pet owners peace of mind

Sicuranza and Catanese stand in their Tottenville business before it was renovated. (Courtesy of Ashley Sicuranza)(Courtesy of Ashely Sicuranza)

What makes their business unique?

“This is a second home for your dog,” Sicuranza said. “We personally take care of these dogs as if they are our own. This is not a place where you just drop off your pet and wonder what happens all day long.”

There’s 24/7 camera access too, so dog owners can log in and see exactly what their pet is up to.

“Whether you’re running errands, working, or away for an overnight trip, you can access the cameras to make sure that your dog is safe,” Sicuranza said.

Open since August, she said the business has already experienced great success.

“We’re so happy, because we’ve had an amazing turnout the past few months,” she concluded. “As a dog owner myself, I’m thrilled that there’s now a place like this on Staten Island.”

New doggie daycare business offers pet owners peace of mind

At 4 Paws Only, birthdays and other special occasions are celebrated. (Courtesy Ashley Sicuranza)