Pet sitter or boarding kennel: Who should care for your pet while youre away?

Animal-lovers can trust their dogs and cats with Westwind boarding Kennel while going on vacation this summer.

Located at the former site of the York County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Westwind Kennels, offers boarding for cats and dogs, while owners are away.

The privately owned kennel gives pets the individualized attention they may need, and with 10 acres of landing, dogs will be taken to run and play several times a day.*

“Dogs are less likely to be stressed out in this kind of condition, they are more at ease,” said Valerie Diehl, co-owner of Westwind Kennels, located at 66 Big Mount Road, Thomasville.

Since she and her husband, Chuck, who bought the facility a year ago, and live upstairs, they have been working to remodel it. They have also recently become licensed for dog kenneling.

When dropping your pet off at Westwind, you can expect to be greeted by their two dogs and pet cat. “We love animals, dogs, cats, everything,” Diehl said, this is what made them decide to open the kennel.

At Westwind Kennel, pets are fed the highest quality of food, “We are conscious of what is good for the animals, we are constantly making sure they [the pet foods] are not on a recall list,” said Valerie.

When the Diehl’s are not at their home, taking care of animals in their kennel, they spend time working full time at BAE Systems, an aerospace company that makes electronic systems and subsystems for military applications.

Since going into business for themselves last June, working a full time job can be overwhelming, Valerie said she sometimes finds it hard to balance the two “You often wonder how you are going to do it all, but then you just do it.”

Pets can be picked up and dropped off Monday and Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sunday 5-7 p.m., or Tuesday by appointment.

Prices are $20 per day for the first dog, and $18 for each additional dog, and $12 for the first cat per day, and $10 for each additional cat.

They will groom a dog or cat for an extra $30, and will give a nail trim upon request. Sunday’s are busiest for grooming, it is recommended to call ahead.

Valerie said they plan to start puppy training in the near future.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, contact Valerie or Chuck at 717-225-1246, or be e-mail at t.

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