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Happy Paws Pet Resort is the creation of Michael and Karina Pastrana. They are avid pet lovers and educators. They are residents of Waterford lakes, have two children, one dog, and a fish. Karina and Michael graduated from UCF with graduate degrees and have both worked in their respected professions for the past several years. Michael is a computer engineer and Karina is a social worker who has worked in Orange County Public Schools.

Michael and his dog Ilio compete in the recreational sports of frisbee and dock diving. Michael is an active member of South West Florida Dock Diving Club and the Central Florida Dog and Disc Club. Michel and Ilio recently qualified and competed in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge which is televised nationally every year. Karina is a certified groomer educated at one of the few nationally accredited grooming schools, and is a certified pet massage therapist. Michael and Karina have been members of the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) for the last eight years. They have attended trainings nationally, and locally, and have toured many boarding facilities located throughout the United States to develop what is now Happy Paws Pet Resort. Both are certified Pet care technicians through PCSA and are pet first aid and CPR trained through the Red Cross. Michael and Karina support the Humane Society and local pet rescues with raising funds and donated goods and have assisted in finding new homes for unwanted pets throughout the years.

Through thorough planning, education, and determination, they have created a five star pet resort built from the ground up to tailor to pets health, safety, and mental stimulation.