Meet a Mom: Carmela Kaufman of Room for Paws! - Greenwich Moms
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
My husband, Mitch, and I have two kids ages 26 and 27, raised in Fairfield County.
What do you live about living in Fairfield County?
We love living in Fairfield County because it is a wonderful place to raise children. The school systems are great and everyone is so friendly and caring. We love the restaurants, shopping, and proximity to  major cities.
What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Fairfield County?
Our favorite restaurant for special occasions is Artisan in Southport, Amore in Stamford for lunch, Village Table in Stamford for take out sandwiches, & Bronx House Pizza for pizza! We love the shopping in all of our local towns; various stores in Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Westport, Greenwich and of course Stamford!
Room For Paws Pet Resort is our family owned and operated next generation luxury pet care facility located just over Stamford’s Darien and New Canaan border, in the lovely Springdale section of Stamford.
We offer doggy daycare, luxury all-suite boarding, puppy and adult dog training, with a full professional grooming spa in our 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Our mission is to provide our pet parents with the peace of mind and convenience of the premier pet care services needed for them to be able to enjoy their pets and their time away from home.
Our customized approach to pet care is unique in Fairfield County as we offer a boutique and individualized program in an expansive and modern facility. We have the highest ratio of daycare attendants to canines and we offer curated small group and solo daycare settings for pups who do better with less dogs. We also have a team member who stays on premises overnight.
In addition, we just launched our Hikes for Paws program which also adds to our guest’s daycare and boarding enrichment. Our program is unique in the area because just like all of our other offerings, our program is designed with your dog’s health, safety and FUN in mind. All hikes are private, leashed, and led by a Room For Paws manager or dog trainer with no more than 2 pups per handler.
All of the decisions and services made at RFP are in the best interest of our furry guests and their families because we treat them like family!

What is the inspiration behind your family-owned business?
Room for Paws Pet resort is our answer to the question: “How do we care for our furry family members when we are away from home?”

It was the impetus for this passion project for at least 10 years before we opened our doors.

Our inspiration was our deep concern and worry about leaving our precious pups home when we needed to be away.  And then one winter, after a series of snowstorms and ice-damming, we were forced to move out of our home while we waited out the repair process. We proceeded to place our three puppies at a number of facilities and individual home caregivers – all of whom had the best of intentions – but we felt we could create a place where a dream team of professionals would care for all of our furry friends as we would members of our own family, by putting dogs first with love, impeccable care, and FUN activities with a science based approach, in a modern, spacious, and sparkling environment.

We decided to finally take the plunge during Covid – and here we are!

What is your favorite thing about going to work each day?
In The Canine Commandments, W.R. Purche wrote that “Everyone thinks they have the best dog… and none of them are wrong.” Each day that I’m at work, I get to snuggle with dozens of four-legged examples of why RFP and each owner thinks that. Working with dogs, you laugh a lot, you snuggle a lot , and you’re never wanting for exercise. You learn everyone’s personality, preferences and how truly intelligent our canine friends are. One day, science will prove what all dog moms know already- that our canine companions are much smarter than we ever gave them credit!

We provide all of our guests a safe, clean, and fun place to receive training, love, and time with their friends. There is no more testament to the work our team does than seeing the joy we give our guests and their pet parents when they are reunited!

What is your advice for pet parents looking for the perfect home away from home for their pet?
I would recommend that you hold your pet’s vacation resort to the same standard as if any other member of the family was staying there. Is it welcoming? Is it clean and safe? Is this place going to be fun? Do they offer amenities my pup will love? How large will their play group be? Do they offer a Discovery Day so my pup can meet the team and get acclimated before they stay? The dog owners I know spare no effort to make sure that the home they make for their pets is the best it can be – that’s certainly how we are! But if you’re doing that for them at home, make sure that the people you’re entrusting them with when you’re away have the same standards as you do.

Photo by Venture Photography

Tell us about your pets!
I thought you’d never ask! Logan just turned four and his baby sister Lucy just celebrated her first birthday! Time sure flew!

Logan, a mini sheepadoodle, is the king of every room he enters. His favorite activities are lying on AC vents, jumping into hedges, and sleeping on our front staircase’s landing – so he can be as close to everyone in the house as possible, and doggy daycare at RFP! As much as Logan loves other dogs and people, Lucy the mini labradoodle is his favorite playmate. She is our little lovebug.  If you’re on the couch, she’s on your lap.  If you’re working at the table, she’s lying at your feet keeping your toes warm. Our family has been so lucky to have great dogs in our life and we are humbled by the number of amazing local families who have shared their precious pups with us and joined our fur family!

Room for Paws Pet Resort
(203) 459-0002
72 Camp Avenue, Stamford, CT 06907

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