After 20 years on Vashon, Avalon Pet Care closed its doors in April, leaving many pet owners and the island’s own animal rescue organization looking for another place to board and foster pets.
In addition to well-known NW Canine Connection and veteran pet care provider Joanna Gardiner of Loving Care for Animals, another place has been existing quietly on the island’s west side for five years. B-Town Busy Tails is run by Jamie Jackson, an animal-lover from Burien who moved to Vashon in 2012 and brought her business with her. Since then, she has been offering dog-sitting and dog walking services. In February she added boarding to her list of offerings.
Jackson runs the business out of her home on Cove Road and said that pets who are boarded at B-Town “are part of the family.” She said the pets she cares for are kept at her home with other dogs, including her own.
“If they want to come climb into bed with us, then they can do that,” she said.
Because of this approach to boarding, she meets with clients and their pets to ensure there are no issues with socialization. She said the most pets she has boarded at once is six, and they all knew each other.
Jackson said she has been contacted in recent months by multiple members of island animal welfare groups, such as Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ Amy Carey.
“They’re inundated with inquiries about where to board their dogs,” Jackson said.
Islanders in need of a place to board their pets, a person to walk their pet or pay visits to a pet staying at home alone should find her at facebook.com/BTownBusyTails or call her at 206-407-6086.