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Australian Pet Boarding Facilities You’ll Love


It’s a common conundrum; what to do with your beloved pet when you’re away from home. Whether your pet gets anxious from being left while you’re at work or you want to take an extended break, at some point all pet owners are faced with relinquishing the care of their pet to others.  

With this in mind, new Australian boarding kennels and day cares for dogs and cats are providing comforting ‘homes away from home’ for our four-legged friends.

Modern-day Australian pet boarding facilities offer tailored meal plans, sufficient play time and a cosy place to rest, while you’re unwinding poolside or burning the midnight oil at the office. We've rounded up eight great Australian pet boarding providers so you can enjoy your life knowing your pet is well looked after.

The Chatswood Cat Palace, Sydney, New South Wales

With the aim of pleasing every feline who graces the Chatswood Cat Palace, cat-whisperer Dr Kim Kendall created cat-exclusive boarding, grooming and veterinary centre as a haven for cats while their owners are away.

Staff are as enthusiastic and loving as they are trained and qualified to provide great nurturing care for your pet. Drop by the on-site Café Purrfection first to familiarise your fur baby with their new surrounds.

‘Each cat feels like the centre of the universe when they stay with us,’ say the cat-loving staff. Your cat will enjoy personalised attention and lap up the luxury. The cats are kept separate to ensure a high standard of hygiene and the professional staff take the time to get to know each feline and their preferences.

Nutrition is a top priority; your cat will dine on premium food including freshly minced kangaroo.

Why you'll love it: Not only does the Chatswood Cat Palace have a reputation for returning calm and content cats to their owners at the end of the stay, you get the added peace of mind knowing that Dr. Kim Kendall is on hand, should any emergency arise.

Dogcity Daycare, Adelaide, South Australia

For a doggy day care facility that caters to all things canine, look no further than Dogcity Daycare. The Adelaide-based day care allows dogs of all shapes and sizes to do what they do best: socialise in small packs!

There's no lazing about here. With a well-padded, climate-controlled indoor play area, your dog has plenty of room to run and play in, no matter what the weather is doing outside. The professional staff facilitate safe play amongst the groups and hand out endless cuddles and pats to the boarders.

It's no small wonder that Dogcity Daycare is known as ‘the happiest place in the world!’ The staff understand dogs inside and out, and their charges spend plenty of time running, jumping, and of course, chasing each other!

Why you'll love it: The Dogcity Daycare staff can provide you with regular social media or email updates including photos throughout your pet's day, so you get a unique insight into just how much fun your furry friend is having.

Mosman Vet, Mosman, New South Wales

The team at Mosman Vet are well-known for being a place ‘where pets and their families come first’. Providing an unparalleled level of care and expertise in all their services, the pet-lovers who work here are equipped with the most up-to-date training and equipment.

They offer a 24-hour live-in nurse, who can check on boarding residents in the pet accommodation facility and patients at all hours to check on their health and wellbeing.

There's no need to worry about worlds colliding, as dogs and cats are kept completely separate from each other. Dog residents will enjoy being walked three times a day and, if they have a friendly disposition, they can run off even more energy with other sociable dogs.

Why you'll love it: Dedicated to providing a home-away-from-home experience, Mosman Vet treats each animal as an individual with dedicated attention to their welfare. You can be sure that your dog or cat will look forward to your next holiday just as much as you.

Gordon Vet Hospital, Pymble, New South Wales

Gordon Vet Hospital in NSW has had many patients and visitors come under its care over the last four decades. They are open every single day of the year, making it a great option for Christmas and Easter holidays.

The cat pet accommodation is located in the most peaceful spot on the premises, ensuring your feline friend has a trouble-free and relaxing stay while you enjoy your vacation.

Felines love to roam, so it’s little wonder that they enjoy not being cooped up all day in a small room at Gordon Vet Hospital. Cats here have access to a large well-furnished playroom, complete with plenty of interesting and challenging toys.

Why you'll love it: You can leave your pet at Gordon Vet Hospital knowing that they will be well looked after. Should your cat be unwell or in need of ongoing treatment this is a great option, as the professional caregivers can administer medication.

Vetmed, Sydney, New South Wales

One of the longest-established Australian vet hospitals offering boarding, Vetmed has been in operation for over 100 years. With several branches throughout Sydney and a long heritage of service, its techniques and practices are of the highest quality and expertise.

In addition to providing top-class pet accommodation for both cats and dogs, Vetmed also offers a variety of specialised care services for older and frail pets as well as those that are in ill health.

If your pet is that way inclined, a stay isn't complete without a pampering session at the on-site grooming salon. Your fur ball will thoroughly enjoy being washed, clipped, brushed and even massaged to gleaming perfection.

Why you'll love it: The staff at Vetmed always put your pet's needs first and ensure they ask detailed questions about your cat or dog's behaviour and preferences, in order to fine tune their individualised services and care.

Dog Zone, Richmond, Victoria

The friendly team at Dog Zone, led by Sally Chan, excel at training, teaching and caring for all breeds and ages of dogs and puppies while you’re at work.

This doggie day care limits the number of its charges so your pooch gets the exclusive treatment and attention it deserves. The centre is air-conditioned in summer and heated during the chillier months to ensure optimum comfort.

There's no time for pets to get bored here. Your dog is kept stimulated throughout the day with lots of playing and socialising with like-minded, friendly dogs. They'll have so much fun, they won't want to go home! Have a special event coming up? Dog Zone caters for puppy parties of all kinds.

Why you'll love it: Nothing is kept out-of-sight here. You have the ability view all the care areas of the Dog Zone facility, so you will be confident knowing that your pooch is in expert hands while you’re away.

Castelan Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Brisbane, Queensland

Helen and Lance Young are the brains behind the Castelan Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Queensland. Providing superior, nurturing care for you dog or cat is their specialty and they have top-notch facilities to match.

The kennels and cattery are kept completely separate and each individual room has plenty of space for stretching and playing in.

The rooms at the Australian boarding kennels are well-equipped with comfy, elevated bedding, ample ventilation, and even soothing music. Sociable dogs also have access to a communal play area. The cattery has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for cats to run about or to enjoy napping in the afternoon sun.

Why you'll love it: Lance and Helen are active members of the Queensland Association of Pet Boarding and Grooming and ensure that they, and their staff, comply with the highest technical and ethical standards at all times.

Mad Paws, Australia-wide

There's no place like home, so the saying goes and pets are definitely no different to us in their appreciation of the familiar. For anxious pets that would rather stay at home, the Mad Paws online community offers completely flexible and customisable pet-sitting services.

From long walks at the park, to day care and house visits, your pet can benefit from the loving attention and care of a Mad Paws pet sitter.

Your pet will love not having to face a car trip or being displaced from their usual surroundings. There's no need to leave the comfort of their own bed or dinner bowl; a dedicated caregiver will pop by frequently to look after your pet while you’re away, whether it’s for a day or several weeks.

Why you'll love it: All of Mad Paws' pet sitters are checked thoroughly to ensure they're caring and responsible. The charm of this innovative service lies in being able to tailor the amount of care to your needs and those of your pet. Plus, with over 6,000 sitters located across Australia, you're bound to find one conveniently close to you.

No matter whether you’re jet setting around the globe or simply living your everyday life, take any stress you have out of leaving your pet behind with one of these Australian pet boarding specialists. You'll enjoy life more knowing that your pet's well-being is in capable and caring hands.

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