We know you love DogBoy’s, and we are so grateful! But we are also keenly aware that you can’t always get in for boarding when you need to. So we came up with our Annual Awards for the Best Pet Care Facilities in the Austin area. There are a lot of places to choose from, so we want to help you make an informed decision when you have to look beyond Dog Heaven in Pflugerville!
Here are our top pics for 2012:
Best Green Facility: Stay N Play Pet Ranch – Dripping Springs, TX
Stay N Play Pet Ranch in Dripping Springs is the most environmentally friendly place to bring your pup; Betty & Charlotte and their crew use organic cleaning agents, natural shampoos and conditioners, and all human grade pet food with no chemicals, byproducts, or preservatives. They also use organic pest control, and sell all green and natural retail products. They don’t use any harsh chemicals, and they even have a rainwater collection system and an aerobic septic system. It’s your green dog boarding choice on the south side of town!
Best Facility for BBQ Lovers: Dog Camp – Driftwood, TX
An all natural environment, Dog Camp offers luxury suites, a nice cattery, and eight fenced outdoor play yards. They are on 16 shady acres, and right around the corner from The Salt Lick BBQ! Eat first, then pick up your dog! Boarding rates include 3 daily play times.
Best Dog Pool: Action Pack Dog Center – Round Rock, TX
The best place to take your best friend for a swim, Action Pack Dog Center lets your dog swim in their pool and play in their yards. Swim school is offered from Monday-Thursday; call them at 512-341-0229 to reserve a spot in this fun and healthy program. Overnight boarding includes three bathroom breaks, but play time is extra.
Best Boarding Facility Close to the Airport: Barking Springs Dog Ranch – Garfield, TX
Located just 8 miles east of Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Barking Springs Dog Ranch our favorite boarding facility near the airport. Barking Springs boarding is by appointment only, and you can call to take a tour on Saturday mornings. A mom and pop dog boarding operation, you’ll have your puppy back before your travel bags are unpacked if you board at this family friendly facility. Modeled after our pricing structure, BSPR has boarding that includes playtime, medication and special needs. Owner Jessica Garwood is a former client and long time friend.
Best Luxury Boarding Facility: Zoot Pet Hospital & Luxury Boarding – Georgetown, TX
With luxury accommodations for dogs and cats, Zoot Pet Hospital & Luxury Boarding in Georgetown takes home the trophy for Best Luxury Boarding Facility. Zoot is a member of the Pet Care Services Association, and offers many different options for their furry “guests.”
We hope you always come to DogBoy’s for your boarding, training, day care and wellness needs, but we also want you to know our other local favorites in the industry in case you need a backup plan. To make sure that a new place is a good fit for your dog, download our boarding checklist, which will help you ask all the right questions when doing your research. We would love to hear your other favorites, as we are always looking for great pet care places to add to our list of recommended facilities.