If you'd like to become an existing customer of The Pet Place, a trial stay is necessary for us to get to know your pet before staying during our peak season. Your pet's familiarity with us and our kennel will greatly reduce their stress while boarding. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone is happy, healthy, and comfortable.
12 minutes from Marion
15 min from Mt. Vernon
35 min from Iowa City
The personal attention and reasonable rates are worth the drive!
We board all dog breeds. Instead of allowing large groups of dogs out together and insisting that your dog socializes with all other dogs, we get to know your dog's individual personality and then match them up with suitable playmates. If a dog is bothered by direct interaction with other dogs, we prefer, for their sake and for the safety of all, to let them outside individually.
We also board in-tact male and female dogs. Waiting up to 2 years before spaying/neutering may reduce the risk of joint disease and cancers, and may have other health benefits too. You choose if or when to alter your dog, and for the dog's well-being, it is worth some extra effort on our part to happily accept and responsibly board in-tact dogs.
The Pet Place was established in 1990. We had the existing facility and home built on this property in the fall of 1997. During the winter of 2003-2004 we added a new reception area, a cat room, and four private suites. Each 120 sq. ft. suite has ceramic tile, cable TV and stereo. The entire building is heated and central- air conditioned. Spring of 2016 we added a Deluxe Cabin surrounded by 1/2 acre yard for free romping and playing! The Cabin accommodates 2-6 dogs in the same family. We've had people ask if they can stay in The Cabin! It's a fun and relaxing true modern country cabin with amenities galore.
To replicate the home environment as much as possible, we let the dogs out into four grass yards surrounding the building to exercise, potty, and play. The amount of time they spend outdoors depends on the daily temperature and conditions. In between the regular exercise times, weather permitting, the dogs spend time playing with others outdoors when an appropriate playmate is available. We also have plenty of indoor space to run and play, including adjoining suites.
Many dogs enjoy having a companion to play with during their stay and come to see boarding at The Pet Place as an enjoyable experience. We encourage our clients to bring toys, treats, and clean bedding. Please do not include items of great monetary or sentimental value. If your dog is not a "social butterfly" we respectfully allow them yard space of their own.
References and tours available upon request.