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About Us

The Dogtown Way

What is your why? This question is responsible for orchestrating the framework behind what we do, who we are, and what we hope to become at Dogtown. From our wonderful team, to our loyal customers and their beloved pets, to Utah’s growing pet community as a whole, our organization approaches each and every relationship, interaction, and partnership with an unwavering desire to make a difference. 

 Our unique experiences in the pet care industry have led us down a series of varying avenues- some with undeniable success and others that presented far more trials than victory laps. It has been through these experiences, particularly the times of trial, that our company has fine-tuned our purpose, our “why”,  and our bigger picture. The ability to make a difference, cultivate a lasting positive impact, and to put it simply, the ability to help others, is an invaluable piece of our organization. 

 We are lucky to find such purpose in something with very little in terms of a ceiling. This absence of barriers affords our company with unlimited freedom in both the nature and the scope of our impact. On a scale within the walls of our facilities, we continually make a difference in the lives of our team members. At Dogtown, we welcome employees of varying backgrounds and abilities to join our team. We facilitate a culture of acceptance, understanding, and growth for all individuals. We are proud to open doors for those who may have been previously denied such opportunities as a result of other obstacles in their lives. There is a place for everyone at Dogtown, and we find such purpose in guiding the unique individuals on our team one step closer to their goals. 

 Over time, we realized that confining our impact to the walls of our facilities only acts as a partial fulfillment of the organization’s purpose. We looked to the pet community for opportunities to extend the scope of the Dogtown Difference. We were met with a community of organizations with differing backgrounds and specialties. However, despite these variables, there was a unifying factor across the board- a call for assistance in order to best serve animals in need. We quickly realized that we could play a role in making a difference for these rescue organizations and the animals they impact, and that is when the relationships began taking shape. We are proud to partner with various shelters and rescue organizations in the Salt Lake and St. George area to provide training and lodging to adoptable dogs free of charge, act as a source of guidance in the adoption journey for prospective families, host adoption events, and organize donation drives to provide our wonderful partner organizations with resources to better serve the animals in their care. 

 At Dogtown, we are committed to this purpose and living out our “why” with intention, whether this relates to our team closer to home or the broader pet community. The opportunities we have to see this purpose at work each and every day drive us to continue making a difference for the members of our Dogtown Family.

Meet Our Team

Meet the team who takes care of your pet.


Head Dog Trainer

Maren Simmons is our Lead Dog Trainer. She has been with Dogtown since the very beginning. This gal is one of a kind. She is a trusted friend of owners and pups alike. She brings out the best in your dogs and helps you understand the proper way to communicate with them. She is one of those people you feel an instant connection with. She brings out the best in people and wants to play a role in helping everyone to succeed. We are very lucky to have Maren on our team and if you haven’t met her yet, chances are it’s because she is hanging out with your dog at Dogtown!



Angelena Tapusoa is a Supervisor at Dogtown. She has excelled during her time at Dogtown. Learning the ins and outs of this business can be difficult, but she has adapted quickly and taken on new challenges without hesitation. Not only is she the bright, bubbly face you see when you walk in, but she is also the one your dog will remember each time they come and go. We hope that each and every customer has the opportunity to speak with Angel and experience her warm welcome into our facilities.



Jacque Olson is a Supervisor and Dog Trainer. She is one of the hardest workers on our team. There are high standards to be met when lead by Jacque. She wants everyone to succeed and is always willing to help her team reach the next level. Our facilities are clean, safe, and properly run because of her. As a trainer and avid animal lover, she has a big heart for all dogs. We see this every day through the pack she has at home and her understanding of the unique needs of rescue dogs. We encourage you to get to know her.


Operations Manager

Abby Fleenor is our Operations Manager. She made the big move from Alabama to Utah to give Dogtown a chance for success. She plays a key roll in maintaining Dogtown’s vision for success by ensuring that all processes and standards are being upheld. She leads a solid team that embodies the Dogtown Way through their dedication to treating each and every pet as their own. We are very impressed with how Abby has continued the culture of the business and we are eager for you to get to know her.



Jared is one of the founders of Dogtown and works with the leadership team to take care of the pets.