Our Staff

Members of the Better Business Bureau, the staff at Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa come to you with extensive knowledge, experience …and a whole lot of love for our guests.

At Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa you will immediately be put at ease by the cleanliness of our facility, and the professional, caring and knowledgeable staff.

Read on to learn more about our staff.

Don and Joan Tauer – Owners

Don and Joan acquired the Animal inn in 1986. They have grown the business from one building to two, all located on the same property. Don and Joan have continued to work the business which has earned a strong reputation among their clients, staff, and local veterinarians.

Don is a chef by trade. Prior to purchasing the Animal Inn he owned his own restaurant in Downtown St. Paul. Joan worked over thirty years at 3M.

Both Don and Joan were active breeding, and showing German Shepherds as a hobby. They decided to change their careers to expand on their love of pets.

When not working at the Animal Inn, the Tauers’ enjoy spending time with their twin grandsons.

Dawn Larson – Co-Owner

Dawn Larson, daughter of Don and Joan, grew up helping with Windwood Shepherds, and attending dog shows. She also showed dogs herself in obedience and conformation, and placed dogs in competition for both agility and Fly-ball. Dawn is married and a proud mother of identical twin boys. She spends her free time with her family and watching both boys play hockey. She currently has three dogs, a Golden Retriever named Blaze and an Australian Shepherd Mix, Bella and Bailey, a Chihuahua mix.