History & Facility

RK Pet Ranch was built in 2005 and was designed to ensure the health, safety and comfort of your pet. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff continue to expand their playgroup management skills, their ability to read animal body language, and their individual training techniques through ongoing training workshops and videos. 

In late 2018, the Pet Ranch was purchased by Lonnie Castelli and Talitha (TJ) Appenzeller. Lonnie and TJ had been long time customers of RK Pet Ranch for their own dogs and were honored to carry on RK Pet Ranch's 13 year tradition of caring for your fur babies.

Three years later, Lonnie and TJ were looking to downsize their commitments, but wanted to see the Ranch continue to offer high-quality pet care. Serendipitously, Lonnie answered a plea on Facebook. The Richter family was moving to Steamboat and looking for some land. To make a long story short, Denise and David Richter purchased the property, took over the business, and live onsite with their two daughters and their own growing menagerie. You can read more about their story HERE. Feel free to ask for a tour!



Through superior customer service, application of the Fear Free Pets principles, a clean and healthy environment, and knowledgeable, caring, and friendly staff, RK Pet Ranch creates a safe and compassionate environment where customers can feel confident leaving their pets in our care whether for day camp or overnight boarding services.  

Core Values

RK Pet Ranch is as a “Five Paw Resort”.  We do everything we can to provide a safe, secure environment for our guests (dogs and cats) and treat our clients (their owners) and our co-workers with respect.  We aim to always be professional, respectful, kind, helpful, honorable and positive. 

Resort Amenities

  • Large grassy (artificial turf) fenced play yards
  • Indoor play area
  • Safe walking trail (Dogs get 2 daily walks!)
  • Climate-controlled in-floor heating
  • Enrichment activities including water play, fetch, treat puzzles and other toys
  • Soft bedding
  • Suites cleaned daily and monitored continuously
  • Experienced caring staff
  • Easy access to excellent veterinary care

Your Pet's Home Away From Home


Open from 7am – 6pm

Drop Off & Pick Up:
8am – 10am and 3:30pm – 5:30pm

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