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pet emergency services
While we love traveling with our pets, there are times when we must either leave them behind in a kennel, or if there are extenuating circumstances, we might even need to board them during a segment of the trip. (Allergic relatives, a sudden change of plans, etc.)

How do you go about finding the right kennel? Ask around. If boarding your pet at a local kennel then your veterinarian, friends, and animal trainers can be great resources for recommendations. If you are on the road, then talk to some of the local professionals and get their thoughts.

The first question that needs to be asked is whether the kennel is licensed. Most states require kennels to be inspected and licensed. Our favorite resource for locating a licensed kennel is the American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA).
Each member boarding kennel is required to demonstrate its adherence to a comprehensive set of over 200 operational standards. In addition to these requirements, the ABKA website offers a searchable database listing of all approved kennels around the world. If you do not want to use the website, please call the telephone number below.

American Boarding Kennel Association
(719) 667-1600
702 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Even with an approved kennel, we recommend that you visit first, observe the conditions and ask plenty of questions. The more questions you ask before your arrival, the happier you will be with the service and the more likely your pet will enjoy its stay at the kennel.
Is the kennel clean? Trust your instincts. Does it smell and look clean? Is there enough light and is the temperature comfortable?
How large is the kennel? Is there enough room to easily move around?
How many pets are kept in any given room or area? Are cats and dogs separated from one another?
How much time do the pets have to run around outside, and how many times each day will they be exercised?
Food. How frequently are the pets fed and can you bring their own food?
Check out the staff. Are they gentle with the animals? Is there a veternarian on staff?
Once you select a kennel, make certain that you bring along everything that your pet might need -- including medication, your vet's telephone number, and the number of a local friend in the event that you cannot be reached.

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