Sandie with Teddy, Angel & Passion
Marc with Passion at Phillip's tree
ANIMALS FIRST is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance, and we are committed to meeting those needs.
As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat clients,
Vet referrals and Client referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and offer you and your pets the best service possible.
Born in Devon,She was constantly bringing animals home to be cared for or find them new homes, Her very first pet at the age of five, was a Tortoise. Freda is still alive and a member of the family in England, Freda (now 45 years old) has been passed around the entire family to whomever has children at the time..
Sandie started her animal care career by working at Riding stables, and at 16 years old, left home to be a working jockey at Lord Lucan's brother's National Hunt horse racing yard.
Later she become acquainted with Dr. Roger Mugford a renowned and internationally known Animal Behaviorist.
In 1987 Sandie was offered position in Los Angles, working with horses on the Show jumping circuit, she accepted the position and has never looked back.
In 1989 Sandie joined Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit
organization that trains assistance dogs for the physically challenged. This is where she trained her own dog Yogi Bear to be a service dog for the hearing impaired. (Not knowing that she would meet the man of her dreams who would need just this type of dog)
In 1991 Sandie founded ANIMALS FIRST in San Diego,
specializing in puppy & obedience dog training. In 1993 she earned A national certification as a Companion
Animal Hygienist (C.A.H.) the following year. In 1994 Sandie was
invited to open a grooming facility at the Helen Woodward Animal Center
in Rancho Santa Fe by the center’s director himself, John Calender. The Pet Beauty
Parlor was a great asset to the HWAC
facility.But closed when Fairhaven Ranch was opened in 2001.
Marc Taylor, born a
minister’s son in Ohio, is himself an ordained Pastor. He attended the
Horizon School of Evangelism under Pastor Mike McIntosh in San Diego and headed up
several ministries while attending the school. Marc became the senior pastor at
the Seaside Christian Fellowship church, in San Diego, for over six
Since joining Animals First,
Marc has become known as “My Wonderful husband" to his wife, Sandie and "Mr Velcro" to all his furry friends. His
gentleness and playfulness makes him a great companion and buddy to
guests staying at the pet resort or being groomed at the Pet Beauty
Parlor. In addition, Marc now maintains Fairhaven Ranch and oversees
the horses, barn, arenas, and landscaping.
The Taylor's say that the biggest challenge of all has been the
design, preparation and creation of their facility that combines
doggy day care, training, grooming, and luxury accommodations for
Angel Bear, pictured below with Marc aka "Daddy", Even Sandie complains about having to play second fiddle to this little dog, who has her Daddy, right where she wants him.
Animals First is located at Fairhaven Ranch, the
2 1/2 acre home of Marc and Sandie Taylor. There are several luxury
suites, large romp arenas, and outdoor lounge areas for dogs, VIP suites
for cats, a spacious nine-stall show barn for horses; and even a guest
house for human visitors to rent
30803 La Ray Lane
Menifee, CA 92596
Mon - Sat: 9AM - 5PM
Closed Wed & Sun
Tel: (951) 926-9660
Fax: (951) 926-6906
Dog Boarding, Dog Kennel, Dog Grooming, Dog Day Care, Pet Resort, Dog Training