The Pet Paradise Resort in Gainesville boasts the largest bone
shaped swimming pool of all our resorts! Our resort amenities
include: doggie day camp and boarding, webcam suites, presidential
suites, indoor/outdoor climate controlled pet suites, late night
potty breaks and professional pet grooming services.
Follow our resort
meet the Manager
Michelle Wilkerson joined the Pet Paradise team in March
2012. After working hard in both the kennel and resort office, she
was promoted to front supervisor then assistant manager, prior to
becoming manager. Michelle was born and raised in Florida.
She has had a passion for working with animals starting at a young
age. With hopes of one day working with exotic animals,
Michelle was inspired to earn her associate degree in zoo animal
technology. When not at work, Michelle spends her days with
her husband and her boys - Snow, an American Bulldog mix, Theodore,
a Chihuahua, and Colson, her cat.
meet the Assistant Manager
Zandra Straple joined the Pet Paradise team in October
2013. She has always had a passion for working with animals, with a
goal of becoming a veterinarian. She is originally from
Pennsylvania, and then moved to Florida in 2001. Zandra was
inspired to earn her associate degree in a pre-vet program at
Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, and is currently working
towards her bachelor's degree in animal sciences at the University
of Florida, hoping one day to attend their veterinarian
school. She also enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old
Standard Poodle, Buster.