Ponga's Pet Palace has become a second home for our dog, Stewie. The caring and devoted staff have always made us feel that our pet is being cared for and loved in just the same way we do. We use Ponga's for weekly daycare and grooming services and have always been satisfied with the service, friendliness and professionalism of the owners and staff. We love Ponga's!!


- Nicole and Eric

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Meet our two and four-legged staff members. We're eager to care for you and your pet and feel that our jobs are exceptionally rewarding.

Staff respect and admiration are extremely important to Erin and Leif. This job requires compassion and respect towards the pets. We all take great pride in our jobs and this extra care will result in you, the pet owner, realizing that your baby truly enjoyed his/her stay with us.

Erin and Leif Onstad

Hi! We're the proud owners of Ponga's Pet Palace. Our business opened August 26, 2006 and we truly enjoy pampering the pets of the Northshore.

Erin has always had a love for animals. This passion was exhibited over many years of volunteer work with groups such as the Visiting Pet Program, LA-SPCA, LISA, St. Tammany Humane Society and annual participation in Woofstock and Mardi Paws. She also assisted in caring for abandoned pets in the aftermath of Katrina. Erin's career with pets began in 1990 when she was employed as a veterinary technician who was quickly promoted to clinic manager for nine years.  Over the years, she has obtained numerous certificates related to the pet industry. She has been named a veterinary nutritional advisor and consultant through the Hill's Pet Food Company. She regularly attends seminars and continuing education classes focusing on pet nutrition, illness, skin conditions and treatment, dental procedures and most recently pet CPR. Erin attended Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans for a portion of her freshman year before moving to Gulf Shores, Alabama and completing her education at Foley High School. Although she did not graduate from college, she attended the University of New Orleans while managing the veterinary hospital. Erin was a biology major and earned over one hundred credit hours.

Leif was a senior vice president of a Louisiana based corporation for fifteen years, managing large and small commercial facilities. After college, he was involved in the television and film industry. He is a Brother Martin High School graduate and a University of New Orleans graduate with a degree in Communications.

Erin and Leif have been married for nineteen years. Although they have no human children, their babies are their two dogs, Belle and Jazz Dancer, and their five cats Mitzi, Maddy, Macarena, Joe Joe and Mickey. They enjoy attending pet seminars to expand their knowledge in order to educate their clients and staff members as well as keep up with the latest trends.

Erin and Leif always envisioned opening a pet resort and work happily together daily to truly make Ponga's a one-of-a-kind Pet Palace!