Conveniently located in the heart of Houston, Jackson’s Place is a cage-free daycare and boarding facility for dogs of all sizes. We take the time to get to know our clients and their pets personally, and work hard every day to provide an experience best described as a dog’s home away from home. At Jackson’s Place, your dog will be showered with love in a safe, playful and clean atmosphere, and play all day with other dogs of all sizes. Whether your dog loves to play with friends, or has a condition that requires extra attention, you’ve found the right daycare.


In 1993, Deb Sullivan adopted Jackson, a 2-year old Golden Retriever, from the Bay Area SPCA. With her 10-year old son by her side, their hearts broke to see the friendly and fun-loving Jackson in a cage. Taking him home that day, Deb promised Jackson “You will never be in a cage again.” In 2004, Deb opened Jackson’s Place and her vision of a completely cage-free facility was born. Jackson’s Place became the pioneer in Houston of the home away from home cageless daycare and boarding concept – a place where dog-lovers could bring their pets and know they would spend their time in an environment as comfortable as home with 24 hour human care.


Debra Cates is an animal enthusiast who grew up around the dog show rings. Her parents raised and showed Great Danes and French Bulldogs, and there was never a shortage of pet chores to be done. Today, Deb brings her wealth of knowledge from breeding, showing and daily pet care, along with her outright love of animals to you and your pets. Debra started her career with dogs in 2000 when she opened Rover’s Leftovers Poop Patrol and then in 2003 with Houston Pro Pet Sitters.  Debra opened Jackson’s Place in 2004.

Robert Cates is a late-entrant into the pet care world.  He is an engineer by education, Navy veteran serving in the nuclear submarine services, and former purchasing professional.  In 2018, having seen first hand Debra’s passion and commitment to her business, he partnered with Debra to open the Jackson’s Place location in Midtown.

Robert is an avid sailor and exceptional handyman and cook. He handles the back office functions including all financial aspects and human resources.  Since Robert is the exceptional handyman he also takes care of every HANDY service needed for Jackson’s Place and the team.

John Halford has been an integral part of the Jackson’s Place family since the beginning.  From starting out as a high schooler tagging along with Deb during her Rover’s Leftovers poop scooping days to officially joining the team in 2007 after serving 4 years in the U.S. Navy; John has seen and done it all at Jackson’s Place.

With 14 years of experience under his belt, John is excited to take on a new role as part owner and head dog trainer. Your dogs well-being is John’s number one priority.  His goal is to offer safe play and enrichment for the dogs as well as essential training & education for dogs and parents alike.