The pandemic brought with it a wave of new pet owners. Hopefully very soon, those families want to go on a hard earned holiday! As a new dog owner myself, I wanted to know about the best boarding places to leave my furry friend, whilst I head out on holiday.
But how to find a reliable place that will look after the favourite member of the family, whilst they are away? Just to clarify, I am of course referring to your pet and not your husband or children.
Boarding that’s not boring
Is the thought of leaving your loved one wracking you with guilt? The good news is, that some of these places offer private villas, massages as well as swimming pools and will even send you videos of what your prized possession has been getting up to… The bad news is that I’m afraid they only accept animals, so you can’t check in yourself.
Dogs only in this ‘free range’ boarding house in Overseas Union Garden, Section 18 Petaling Jaya. The boarding place can accommodate up to 20 dogs at a time, but they practice cage-less boarding, so all dogs must be neutered and friendly with other dogs. They donate 5% of all profits to help the rescue efforts of homeless dogs and run a business offering raw dog food and treats. More info about their dog treats here.
The cost per day ranges from RM40 – RM50, depending on the size of your dog and the number of nights it stays. There is a surcharge of RM15 per day for public holidays.
Furrenz offers a pick up and drop off service upon request. The boarding services are strictly by appointment only, so you will need to call 012-938 5968 in advance before you drop by for a visit. Have a look at their website here for more information.
The Doghouse, Broga
The Doghouse takes dogs in for a true doggie holiday! They are located in Mukim Lenggeng, Seremban. This peaceful boutique hotel is made up of villas. The number of dogs in each villa depends on the size of the dogs. The villas are all fitted with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and have a chill out plus play area. They also run a complimentary play session every day for your dog. Your pooch can even enjoy a 30 minute swim, bath and blow dry for an extra RM50. Bedding and toys are provided, but the food is not, unless you pay extra.
The place is closed for some of the public holidays. These are the first day of Chinese New Year, Labour Day, National Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The rate per night depends on the size of the dog: for a small dog the charges are RM70 and RM100 for extra large dogs. A refundable emergency deposit of RM300 is payable at check in. They also offer a pick up and drop off service. More information and a booking form are available on their website here.
KL Pooch Resort
Dogs only at this boarding house, located in Kalumpang, Selangor. The animals stay in kennels that are big enough to allow them to move freely and are fed fresh vegetables and ground meat. There is a gourmet option if your pooch requires posh nosh! All boarders are exercised twice a day, either alone or with other dogs, depending on how sociable your furry friend is. You can add on a daily pool or gym session for RM15 each day.
The single room rate is RM38 per night, regardless of the size of the dog. The cost per dog is the same for all breeds and sizes, because they recognise that most rescue dogs are medium to large size and they want to help those that have rescued dogs, by not charging too much. There is a RM2 per dog surcharge for public holidays. A 10% discount off boarding is available for a stay of six nights or more. Visit their website here to find out more or call 016 233 3647.
KL Pooch Resort offers a pet taxi service with an experienced handler, who uses safety belts and crates for nervous dogs. The cost depends on the distance to be covered.
Furry Dream Land
Furry Dream Land in Pelangi Heights (on the way to KLIA) takes dogs, cats and small caged animals. Apart from the small animals, this is a cage-less home boarding. The boarding place is based in a house. The owner Kritika and her husband are animal lovers. They have a few dogs themselves, an iguana, a sugar glider and a gecko! Her husband used to be a volunteer at the national zoo. More info here. They also have a pick up and drop off service. The cost per day is RM40- 50RM, depending on the size of the dog. Please call ahead on 011-3553 4011 if you want to visit.
And of course we haven’t forgotten about the smaller and slightly more unusual pets either:
- Hedgehogs – The Pet Safari in My Town will take care of your prickly pet and they keep you updated with daily pictures and videos. More info here.
- Bearded dragons – At Beardiemama in Puchong they are treated with love and care. They get to sunbathe in the morning as well as getting played with in the afternoon.
- Rabbits – Beh and Yo in Hartamas offers a grooming care package as well as boarding. The rabbits get to use a play area and you get a video showing you how hoppy your bunny is. More info on their FB page here.
- Last but not least, some vets also provide short term boarding. Have a look at our article here.
Finding and booking the paw-fect place
It might be worth contacting the boarding places and arrange to go visit first, to find the one you like best. Once we get the green light to travel further afield, I imagine these places will get snapped up pretty quickly. I would recommend booking early to avoid disappointment or having to disguise your dog as a member of your family to try and smuggle them into your hotel!