About Us

About Fido Fitness Club®

Ellen Adler and Evelyn Franklin – Owners

Ellen Adler opened The Barrie Inn, a dog grooming and overnight cage-less boarding facility, in 2002. The Barrie Inn started out in her home, and eventually grew to the present 8000 square foot business location in Woodmere, Long Island. The Barrie Inn continues to serve the local community with a variety of dog-care services, organic dog food products, and retail items and partners with Fido Fitness Club.

After learning of the availability of additional 4000 sq feet of open space adjacent to The Barrie Inn®, the idea of an Indoor Dog Park/  Daycare Center emerged where dogs can safely run and play off-leash, meeting their need for exercise and socialization. Ellen and best friend, Evelyn Franklin, entered into a partnership and established Fido Fitness Club®, providing a neighborhood-based solution to help address the challenges of working dog-owners whose dogs are left alone all day, with no place to run off-lease when they get home. With the launch of Fido Fitness Club, a solution for daycare and exercise was introduced. Ellen and Evelyn, both dog owners themselves, are NYS certified dog trainers and decided to expand further to include the Dog Training Center offering several programs to meet client needs.


Meet Our Staff

Ellen and Evelyn : Owner / Operators and friends for life

Ellen and Evelyn

Owner / Operators and friends for life

David : Manager and Certified Dog Trainer


Manager and Certified Dog Trainer

David is our Master Trainer who runs our Dog Training program and has trained dozens of our clients' dogs ranging from puppies to adults, private one on one training, daycare-n-train and board-n-train. He is the proud human for Buddy, Izzy, Shea and Sammy (yes 4!!)  He is also a certified groomer, but training does not leave him much time for that!

Desiree : Manager and Trainer


Manager and Trainer

Desiree joined us in 2018 coming from her own dog-sitting business and is a trained nurse. She has become one of our key employees. She supervises our staff, assists in training our dogs and is an excellent dog handler.   Desiree paints and draws in her spare time and has a lovely dog named Apples who tags along most days.

Maryanne : Park Attendant


Park Attendant

Maryanne gives lots of love and attention to all the dogs as if they were her own. She has such a calming affect on the dogs. They immediately relax when she is in the Park.

Maria : Lead Groomer


Lead Groomer

Maria has been grooming for us since 2004. She is very talented and has such a great way with the dogs.

Wanted-  Park Attendant: We Are Hiring! : Park Attendant

Wanted- Park Attendant: We Are Hiring!

Park Attendant