Dog and Cat Boarding
Boarding is charged per night (see fee schedule below), and includes: bedding (though you are free to bring your own); litter (for cats); food/water bowls; at least four walks daily (for dogs); and play time. Dogs are housed in indoor/outdoor kennels that are climate controlled and monitored. Dogs are walked in grassy outside pens at least four times a day: at feeding times, first thing in the morning, and last thing at night, at no extra charge.
We require all pet owners to bring your pet’s normal food, as diet changes often result in tummy/digestive upset and are no fun. We have plenty of refrigerator and freezer space for those dogs and cats who eat a raw or fresh food diet at home.
*We also offer the option of feeding your dog or cat our “house raw canine or feline meals” – for an additional charge, based on your pet’s weight.
You can call or email us to inquire about desired boarding dates for your pet(s) – or you can use our new Online Reservation Request tool by clicking the link below. Once you’ve entered desired dates and care preferences for your pet(s) into the app, we’ll be back in touch with you to confirm reservation details.
Dog Boarding Fees
- Under 30 pounds: $30.00 per night
- 30 to 59 pounds: $34.00 per night
- 60 pounds and over: $36.00 per night
* Second dog boarded in the same run: $25 additional per night; Two dogs maximum per run
Dog Daycare, full day only:
- Under 30 pounds: $26.00 per day
- 30 to 59 pounds: $30.00 per day
- 60 pounds and over: $31.00 per day
Dogs Boarding at Drea’s Home, on premises, as part of her pack:
- Available to a limited number of well-behaved dogs at a time,
- Dogs have to be conditioned to not chase the family cats,
- must be house-trained, and get along with Drea’s pack
- $40.00 per night
Cat Boarding, (Birds, Rabbits and Reptiles, too!)
- $18 per night; Second cat in the same habitat, $12.00 additional
Cat kennels are fully enclosed, indoor/outdoor habitats that are located inside our office. Each habitat has its own cat door and window and includes all the amenities to help make your cat feel comfortable while being away from home.
Drop-off & Pick-up Times at the Kennels
We ask that you indicate your preferred pick-up and drop-off times for your pet(s) when you make your appointment. So please let us know the times that you’d like for both and request them at the time of booking your reservation.
We have a 12:00 / NOON check-out time, which means that animals picked-up after NOON, (10:00am on Saturdays & Holidays), will incur an additional day’s boarding charge.
We believe in a holistic approach for the care and feeding of all animals that cross our path. If you don’t want to take our word for why repeated vaccinations are actually making your animals LESS healthy, please do your own research, and this is a good starting point: Vaccine Questions to Ask Your Vet.
Please keep in mind that we are not a substitute for your veterinarian.
Rabies: We use to the “One and Done” policy on vaccinations. Check out the Rabies Challenge Fund to see the research on the actual duration of immunity of the rabies vaccination; one rabies vaccination lasts at least 5 years, and most likely longer. Even though local laws require a current rabies (and possibly distemper) vaccination for your pet, we do not. We do not believe this is necessary, and more importantly, can be harmful to your pet.
Distemper: With one distemper vaccine, your dog may be vaccinated FOR LIFE. Please discuss all options with your veterinarian; these guidelines are only for boarding at Black Mesa Kennels.
Bordetella: (Also known as Kennel Cough, though we call it Canine Cough as it can be spread at Day Care, at the Dog Park, or anywhere dogs go) We no longer require this vaccination; in fact, we do not recommend it at all. Read this article to find out more. It’s been our experience that dogs who receive the vaccination not only shed* it for up to 6 weeks wherever they go, they also seem to get sicker when exposed to a respiratory virus than those who are not vaccinated with the Bordetella vaccine, or who have had it lapse for more than a year. With that in mind, if you still wish to vaccinate your dog for Bordetella, even after doing your own research, please wait at least 30 days prior to bringing your dog in for boarding or daycare. This allows your dog adequate time to “shed” prior to coming to our kennel.
*When a live vaccine is used to build immunity against a specific virus or pathogen, the body’s response is “virtually identical” to how the body reacts when naturally-infected. Shedding is what happens when cells in the body release viral particles. This may increase the risk of spreading the infection to others. – verywellhealth.com
While we do sometimes feel it necessary to take animals to the vet, we ask that you, as pet parents, give us full disclosure on the health and wellness of your animals, so that we can give our best care while they are staying with us. If your pet becomes ill while staying with us, the more we know, the better we can deal with any situation that may arise.
Here at Black Mesa Kennels, we feed our own animals a species-appropriate raw diet. We are happy to consult with owners on how to transition their dogs and/or cats to a fresh, whole food diet. As well, there are quite a few high-quality Organic and all-natural raw and gently-cooked pet food brands on the market today.
Santa Fe is fortunate to have a superb, Organic and regionally-sourced pet food company, Shine Pet Food Co. (formerly Marty’s Meals).
Food changes often lead to tummy upset and/or digestive distress; so we require that you bring your own food in a container with a tight lid. *An additional charge will apply for feeding “house raw canine or feline meals”, if your pet’s food is not supplied.
Cat owners: We recommend raw or canned food, as dry food has minimal nutrition value for our feline friends, and contributes to early kidney/bladder/liver imbalances, as well as tarter. See our resources page for more information on the proper way to feed an obligate carnivore (cat).
We can feed your cat or dog a raw diet for an additional charge, based on the weight of the animal. Inquire when booking.
Medications and Supplements
There is a per each charge of $2.00 for adding supplements or medications. Eye drops/eye ointment, thyroid medications, and insulin shots incur a per each charge of $3.00.
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