In the middle of the day, St. Paul’s Basilica is filled with families.
They walk the grounds, and look for their favorite pet to meet and get to know.
The place is filled.
People come from all over the world for the chance to meet their favorite animals.
The stables are filled.
It’s a bustling spot.
In the late afternoon, the owners of the St Peters Basilicom of St Peter and Paul are waiting to meet with the owner of the neighboring pet boarding company.
It was supposed to be a small meeting.
But when the owner, Peter Macnicol and his wife, Anne, arrived, the meeting turned into a much bigger affair.
Macnico and Anne decided to create a pet boarding business.
They’re building a boarding facility and a pet adoption center on the premises of St Paul’s.
It will be called St. Petit Peter and St Petit Paul.
The owners hope to eventually open a pet center on St Peters Avenue, the street where the St Paul Basilica used to be.
It has been empty since it closed in 2015, after nearly 30 years in business.
Peter MacNicol said he was excited about the St Peter project when he heard about it from his wife and daughter.
“I’m a big believer in good intentions and I believe in giving back to the community,” Macnicos said.
“We are passionate about our community, and this is a very good project for the community and for the city.”
The two Macnicols bought the St Petits property from the owner in 2003.
They renovated it to fit the new building, adding a third level and a new entrance, but it still isn’t ready for prime time.
Anne Macnicoll said it’s an unusual location for the St Peters Basilica, which has been vacant since 2015.
“It is kind of a unique place,” she said.
The St Peters family is also planning to open a new pet boarding facility in nearby Northlake.
The Macnicolas will be the first owners of a St Peters business, and they are looking forward to opening a boarding center and adoption center there.
Anne said it was an honor to be chosen to manage the St Philip of the Masses adoption center.
The family was also thrilled that the Sts Petit Petrol will open at the site, which is right on the border of St Peters and St Pans.
The car service is scheduled to open later this year.
Anne and Peter MacNicol said the StPeters adoption center will also serve as a place for people to take in other animals in need.
They want to bring animals in with special needs, as well as animals that are in a permanent quarantine.
They have already received many applications for adoption, but they are also looking for people who want to adopt pets who are at a low risk of suffering.
Peter said the first dogs are arriving, but there will be more dogs to come.
“There’s always a waiting list, and we’re going to do our best to get everyone on it,” he said.