Howl-o and thanks for visiting! I’m Lacey Vance, and I’m the Head Human here at Hounds’ Hideaway. I’m an Arkansas girl, originally from Jonesboro, and have called Conway home for 5 years. All sorts of animals have been front and center in my life since I was a kid, from showing horses to bottle feeding baby deer, and taking in any other 4-legged creature I could get away with bringing home. As an adult, I spend as much time as possible working with local animal rescue organizations, as well as rescue groups across the country.
My husband Chad and I have a houseful with our rescued terrier mix, Gunner, and whatever rescue beagle(s) is calling our house a home while waiting to be adopted. When we moved to Conway, we didn’t know many people, so trips to Razorback games and work travel sometimes turned stressful over where the fur-kids would stay while we were away. I got to visit a lot of interesting places thanks to my career in oil and gas, and in many large cities I noticed Pet Resorts not only existed in multiples, but people seemed to love them! In 2012 we started discussing the need for specialized boarding and daycare here, and over two years we researched like facilities and conducted a feasibility study with the help of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and Arkansas State University. In 2014 we formed Hounds’ Hideaway, with partners who share our love of small business and furry friends, and set out on our mission to bring our ideas to life. We opened officially in December 2015!
The only thing I care more about than animals having an awesome time with us is keeping them safe while they’re at it. All our human Pack Leaders are trained in Pet CPR and First Aid, Head to Tail wellness checks, and attend dog behavior courses on a regular basis to strengthen their knowledge of dogs’ body language and play styles.
Finally, we are deeply rooted in animal rescue and strive to be both a resource and a partner for animal welfare organizations in Faulkner County and beyond. My passion is sharing the message of fostering and adoption with anyone who will listen, and it’s not uncommon to see a foster dog (or two) hanging out in my office.
I hope you’ll come meet the rest of our pack in person soon, and let us show your pets how much fun it is to paw-ty with us!