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Pet boarding, sitting, and daycare (Shawsville)
We are not your typical boarding facility. We are a nature resort for your pets.
Most boarding facilities are built and designed upon the concept of quantity. The more animals a facility can take in, the more
profits they make. Unfortunately for the pet, this means each of their kennels are very small leaving little to no space or time for your pet. Most typical facilities can not house 2 or more animals
in the same kennel due to the lack of space as well. This is more bad news to your pet as many families have multiple dogs that prefer being
together constantly and without that can cause undue stress.
Construction: At Dark Forest Kennels, our facility was designed from the ground up with the comfort and happiness of
pets being priority one. Each of our 10' x 25' kennels provide extra space for your pet to stretch out and cut loose any
time they wish. With this ample space we are able to provide each kennel with a private deck, awning, and dog house
all under a main roof. This isn't a common room that they must share with other boarding animals......this is their room only. Where other facilities reserve your pet a room/space, we reserve them a palace.
Daily Activities: We do not just walk you pet or place them in a common area. Your pet's time with us will be an
adventure exploring our numerous woodland trails spanning our 67 acres and one on one play time with us in our 4
Experience: Typical boarding facilities are owned and operated by a staff whose only real and limited experience with
animals is the time they have been operating a kennel. At Dark Forest, we began handling pets before we even started
kindergarten. Our staff includes a third generation dog trainer, and a licensed Veterinary Technician. Even our youngest
and least experienced staff member has been handling pets for over 10 years. Locating knowledge and experience like
this would require you to board your pets at a veterinary clinic where the kennels are small and the interaction with your
pet is even smaller.
Peace of Mind: Dark Forest Kennels is secluded deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains away from people, traffic, and life's
busy noises. Here we can see each and every star and hear the crickets and owls at night. Our facility and equipment
were designed by an engineer for comfort and redundant security. We have the knowledge, experience, and skill set to
transform your pets experience with us from staying at a boarding facility into a vacation at a nature resort.
Let us take care of your pet like they were family. We are the only boarding kennel around featuring an VALVT, dog trainer, and
engineer on staff and on site. Safety and security are our #1 goals. We have over 60 acres of fenced secluded forest for them
to explore in a supervised manner. Our outdoor kennels provide a secure 20' x 28' play area with deck, and tons of
entertainment. Attached to this is a large, warm & cozy living quarters with room to stretch out and relax. Indoor kennels
available. Indoor small dog, cat, and special needs pet kennels available too.
Due to safety and insurance requirements, all pets will be required to have all valid VA rabies vaccinations up to date and
copies on file with us. For your safety, we also require up to date vaccinations for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, &
Leptospirosis . For Felines we require # Feline infectious enteritis, Feline leukaemia, Feline herpes, & Chlamydophila. All of
the above will also need to be on file prior to boarding. For convenience, we can gather all this information for you if you
provide the contact information to your pet's veterinarian.
Daycare: $10/Dogs $5/Cats
Daily Room and Board $20/Dogs $10/Cats
Weekly Room & Board $130/Dogs $60/Cats
Pet Sitting Service $20/per visit for local visits (Salem, Cburg,Bburg,Elliston, Shawsville) Other areas available please contact for rates.
Bath Brush and Nail trim available upon request.
For more information please visit our website at www.thedarkforestgroup.com
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