About Us

New Customer Free First Night

We’re so sure your pet will love it here,
their first night is on us.

Discount subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers. Lodging discount
applies to first-time customers only and is valid for any lodging accommodation selected.
DePAW Pet Resort is a daycare, training, grooming, education, and lodging facility located in Geneva, IL, a western suburb of Naperville and Chicago.

We have a spacious 16,000 sq ft indoor and 8,000 sq ft outdoor play area for our daycare guests, a variety of indoor enclosures for our overnight guests, and staff with over 60 years combined experience in the industry! Our daycare, lodging, and office staff are not only avid pet enthusiasts, but also certified in a variety of programs as well as members of professional pet industry organizations, such as Pet Tech, PackPro, Pack to Basics, Outstanding Pet Care, International Association of Canine Professionals, International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association, Association of Professional Dog Trainers Canine Good Citizen Certifications (Instructors, Testers), the Better Business Bureau, and the St Charles and Geneva Chambers of Commerce, and ASPCA, in addition to years of real-world experience in the pet care industry.

About Stephannie Caliendo

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DePAW Pet Resort began in 1995 when Stephannie Caliendo brought her dog to two legendary trainers in Lake County. Fascinated by the skill and methods of these Guinness world record-breaking trainers who were repeatedly on Johnny Carson then David Letterman shows, she took a job with them and learned from the best and has helped countless dogs become their best selves— from residential dogs to working dogs including several police K9 units for Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties, Dogs for Disabilities and several high-profile pets including those of celebrities, sports stars, FBI agents, and even a couple foreign dignitaries. Today, Stephannie oversees a highly skilled team with over six decades of experience. While we excel at helping your dog become the perfect family pet, we can help with specific goals including agility training, socialization, confidence building, and more. Due to Stephannie’s successes as a dog trainer, DePAW Pet Resort has evolved into the full-service resort it is today. Stephannie’s dream has been and still is to help dogs become more integrated within a public setting into our everyday life and is constantly working to serve the pet parent community of Western Chicago.

Stephannie is the proud dog parent of 5 lovely pups: Current side-kicks are Raven, Kaiju, Ava, Paulie, and Zelda.

Upgrades at DePAW

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We have expanded our facility, doubling the size to serve you even better than ever with our new additions:

  • Added more space to each area indoor and out!
  • All new overnight Lodging Suites
  • New Daycare Format for our Traditional Daycare: Smaller Groups, More Rests, Games, and Activities!
  • Introducing “Pack-Ademics”, a customized pre-planned daily activities program
  • New Indoor K9Recreation & Fitness Center with a Members Lounge: Taking Memberships Now! 
  • New Play Equipment
  • Added Check-In Station
  • And more to come!