Animals have always been an important part of life for El Portal Sedona Hotel owner Steve Segner, both personally and professionally, and this has continued into his work in the hospitality industry. Before he was the owner of El Portal Sedona Hotel, Steve Segner was a prominent figure in the pet industry as an owner of pet stores and President of the World Wide Pet Association for three years. After selling their California-based pet food business, Steve and his wife Connie, moved to Sedona, AZ and started a new project/life: El Portal Sedona Hotel. El Portal Sedona is a luxury boutique hotel that is also pet friendly because the Segners believe that neither owners nor pets should have to sacrifice amenities, style, or service to experience all that Sedona has to offer.
Steve has been advocating for a local charity High Country Puppy Rescue now for almost two years. The organization is based in Flagstaff, Arizona and rescues puppies from neglectful or abusive situations, and fosters them out to volunteers in order to relieve pressure from shelters and pounds. With adoption forms available on their website as well as pictures and descriptions of the puppies looking for new, loving environments, High Country Puppy Rescue is working hard to help out some of the most vulnerable animals in the state. El Portal Sedona Hotel is honored to be an official partner with the charity. (Check out their puppy videos here).
Steve is not only an avid outdoorsman, he is also an artist. Steve designs and creates pottery, which you will find all over the hotel, even some of the serving dishes are his creations. And he sells all his pottery – every penny from the sale of his pottery goes directly to High Country Puppy Rescue! He wants to encourage guests and other pet lovers to donate to this charity and cause – it’s the first pet charity he has ever endorsed and recommended with this level of enthusiasm, so it is evident High Country Puppy Rescue is doing wonderful work.