5 Alternatives to Pet Boarding


Leave Your Pet with a Friend

If you can't find someone to stay with your pet in your own home, you could ask a friend to keep your pet at his or her home. That way your furry friend is cared for around ­the clock and isn't left unattended for long periods of time.

A potential downside is that your pet's in an unfamiliar setting. But you can resolve this problem by taking your pet to your friend's home a few times before you leave town. This will allow your pet to get used to the sights, smells and sounds of its temporary home. You might also save some money with this option. Since your friend won't be terribly inconvenienced, you simply could bring him or her a gift from your vacation spot as a token of appreciation.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles


  • "Caring for Pets While You Travel." The Humane Society of the United States.http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/caring_for_pets_when_you_travel/
  • "Choosing a Boarding Kennel." The Humane Society of the United States.http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/choosing_a_boarding_kennel.html
  • "Choosing a Pet Sitter." The Humane Society of the United States.http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/choosing_a_pet_sitter/
  • "FAQs: Pet Sitters/Boarding." The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalshttp://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_faq_boarding
  • National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.http://www.petsitters.org/
  • Pet Care Services Association.http://www.petcareservices.org
  • "Tips on Hiring a Professional Dog Walker." International Association of Canine Professionals.http://www.dogpro.org/index.php?pageID=215


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