If you don't have an amenable neighbor or an unemployed nephew looking for a summer "job," you will have to find a place to board this member of your family.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a suitable place.
Cleanliness: An odor-free environment is a good clue to how clean a boarding facility is. Accidents happen, but the overall facility shouldn't smell bad.
Service: The personnel should be friendly and welcoming.
Cost: The facility should be affordable for the pet owner.
Tour: Ask for a spontaneous tour. A good facility should be able to give you one on the spot.
Don't forget to leave a number where you can be reached (don't leave your home phone number when you will be on the road).
Feel free to check in with the kennel.
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