About Dogwood Acres

Providing Premium Pet Care &

Peace of Mind since 1997

Providing Premium Pet Care and Peace of Mind since 1997

Dogwood Acres began out of a desire by owners, Kurt and Audrey Reichardt, to find a quality pet retreat for their beloved Black Lab, Casey. As young, accomplished professionals, they had the opportunity to travel extensively but hated leaving Casey somewhere they would not stay themselves. They wanted a place where Casey could get lots of outdoor exercise and tons of personal attention in a clean and comfortable setting.

Recognizing that their expectations for a pet care facility were high, but assuming there must be others that share the same desires for their pets, Kurt and Audrey began developing Dogwood Acres in  Davidsonville, MD and welcomed their first guests on September 9, 1997.

The business has improved and grown over the years, but the vision was clear and still remains. Kurt and Audrey wanted to create a fun and safe environment where pets love to come and play and pet owners feel confident in the superior care that their dogs and cats are enjoying.

Plan your pet's perfect visit

Our Reservations Specialists are trained to help you create the perfect visit for your pet.

Personalize your pet's reservation at Davidsonville or Kent Island by calling or clicking the links below.

Come for a tour!

Performing a “surprise inspection” of any pet care facility is a necessary step in ensuring the health and safety of your pet.

We invite you to drop by anytime our lobby is open for a personalized tour of our complete facilities. Our staff will be excited to show you around and you will quickly see what sets us apart.

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Our Mission

Kurt and Audrey work at the retreat every day along with their dedicated staff of 40+ Pet Attendants and Guest Service Representatives. They remain focused on their commitment of providing an environment where pets are happy, healthy and engaged; and superior pet care is provided from a foundation of sound medical practices and positive behavioral methodology. They value the individuality of the pets in their care and share their love of animals through an active engagement with the community.

Why Choose Dogwood Acres?

Whether our guests come for an overnight visit, a play date in doggie daycare, a little refresher in training, or some spiffing up in our Salon & Spa, you should know why our clients choose Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat time and time again.

Our Philosophy

Industry experience shows that pets who are actively engaged are happier and healthier—especially while they’re away from home. Dogwood Acres is an industry leader in providing safe and enriching opportunities for play and exercise. Our focused efforts on providing a safe and fun environment creates a place where pets love to come and play.

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Trust is the #1 reason why our clients say they bring their beloved pets to Dogwood Acres. We work hard to earn that trust and we protect this privilege with everything we do. It starts with an open invitation to visit our retreat(s) anytime and a frankness with which we answer all your questions and concerns. We follow that up with an open and direct line of communication between you and our staff so that you can always know as little or as much as you would like about your pet’s visit while you are away. At the end of each visit, you can choose to receive a “report card” giving honest and thorough feedback about the key aspects of your pet’s visit.


Our passion for pets is more than just puppy love. Since we opened our doors in 1997, we have been leaders in the industry to provide cutting edge services to our clients who treat their pets like family. We love the challenge of catering to each guest and take pride in ensuring that each guest has the best experience possible. In order to do just that, we go to great lengths to ensure all our staff receives the best education and certification in the industry and we never forget that it’s our enduring love for animals that is at the heart of everything we do.


You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your pet is enjoying an impeccably clean, caring and secure home-away-from-home. We continuously invest in proper training, equipment and protocols to keep our facilities clean and your pet safe. This includes secure fencing, fire detection and suppression, high volume ventilation, pet-friendly cleaning solutions and disinfectants, first aid training, and strict vaccination requirements.


Unlike a traditional boarding kennel, our focus is to provide meticulous personal attention, completely individualized care, and enriching and fun activities – all in a state-of-the-art facility – with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. This commitment ensures our guests will experience a superior level of care and comfort every visit.


Unfortunately from time to time an individual you may entrust to take care of your pet could get sick, have a family emergency, have transportation issues due to serious weather, or simply forget. Dogwood Acres is a full-scale pet care facility with a large professional staff who can continually monitor and care for our guests.

Customer Service

Our four-legged friends are not the only ones we care about. Our relationship with you, the owner, is just as important to us. We thrive on exceeding the high standards you set for us and welcome feedback on how we are doing with this endeavor. We are here to help enrich both you and your pet’s life.

Exceptional Staff

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is uniquely trained in the most current pet care procedures to ensure that every guest receives the care, attention and love he or she deserves.

Veterinarian Referrals

We receive more referrals from leading veterinarians than any other pet care facility in this area in recognition of our superior standard of care and safety record.

Client Referrals

We receive more new client referrals from our current clients than any other source. We are proud to have earned this vote of confidence when our clients who love their pets refer us to their friends and family.

Meet the Owners

Kurt and Audrey were pioneers in the pet resort concept and led the industry in providing doggie daycare to their clients. They also love the challenge of catering to each guest and take great pride in ensuring that each guest has the best experience possible.

To achieve their vision, they combined their love of animals with their respective professional backgrounds. Kurt’s background is in architecture and Audrey’s expertise is in organization development, human resources and customer service. In addition, Kurt grew up helping his family run a small veterinary clinic and Audrey grew up on a horse farm where animals were a part of her everyday life. All of this led to creating a place where they could feel good leaving Casey. And so, Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat was born on September 9, 1997.

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