Our Story.

A Sanctuary for Pets Who Have Lost Their Humans

I am Wendy the founder and Executive Director of The Pet Cottage, Inc. The Pet Cottage was born out of the experience I had with my dear friend Joan. She was retired and shared her home with 3 cats. I became friends with Joan and her cats because I was her personal trainer.

We had many years of friendship and she became our family. Joan eventually became ill with a terminal illness.  Her greatest concern was what would happen to her beloved pets, Smokey, Jeremy, and Shadow.

I became Joan's caregiver and we made a plan for me to care for Smokey and Jeremy, both 17 years old.  Shadow was 21 and passed peacefully before Joan.

She had her sweethearts with her until the end and then they were re-homed with me! The Pet Cottage is an extension of Joan's lifelong love of animals. She always donated to many animal charities and this spirit of giving and caring is what The Pet Cottage is all about. I am honored to be so involved with these pets who freely bring us so much joy.

The Pet Cottage Sanctuary provides lifetime care for pets that have lost their human companions due to death, disability or deployment. The majority of orphaned pets are dogs and cats who rely on family members, friends, animal control, animal shelters, and rescue organizations to try to home them. If unsuccessful, the pets are euthanized. The need for lifetime, perpetual care is great.


Many times, the pets that come to us are seniors, have special needs or aren’t in the position to be placed in our senior-to-senior or adoption program. Pets will be provided with food, medical treatment, medicine, essential supplies and a loving environment for the rest of their lives.


The Ultimate Sanctuary Vision


The Pet Cottage Sanctuary is a lively community of caregivers and pets. Living in harmony on a spacious piece of land in Jupiter Farms will complete our vision. The ideal property will be 2-3 acres with space for all pets to stretch their legs and play all day. A goal of 6 cottages will be constructed to serve as homes for 3-4 dogs at a time and a cat condo with a “catio” attached.


The Pet Cottage Sanctuary is a retirement home where pets live out the rest of their days receiving homestyle care.