Summer is here, exciting plans are being made for a long-awaited trip; but for pet owners, one huge consideration in planning for a vacation is, “Where can I safety board my pet while I am away?” If you are unable to take your pet with you, you want peace of mind, knowing your beloved pet is being taken care of in an environment as much like home as possible. Your desire for this four-legged family member is to experience as little adjustment as possible while you are away.
Before choosing a pet boarding facility, there are questions you need to ask to ensure your pet is receiving the best possible care.
Here are some we recommend:
1. Is there separation of small dogs from large dogs? Small dogs can be frightened when being boarded with larger dogs.
2. Is the facility clean and the staff professional? We encourage you to check out the facility ahead of time. Sometimes, if possible, it is prudent to “drop in” on the facility during business hours to see the kind of care being given.
3. Does the staff respond to you in a manner that gives you a secure feeling that your pet will be well taken care of while you are away? Make sure you communicate your desires.
4. Does the facility offer play time and personal time? If so, what are the additional charges for these services?
5. Is the facility willing to work with you on feed times and amount of food that your pet is accustomed to receiving at home?
6. Is there proper supervision of the facility from trained personnel? Some owners want a vet on the grounds 24/7.
YOUR responsibility as a pet owner is to give clear instructions to the facility’s staff. If you choose a quality care facility, generally, they are pet owners themselves, and their desire is to provide the best care they can. You need to bring them a record of your pet’s shots and the name and number of your veterinarian.
If you are coming into Colorado Springs for vacation and need your pet taken care of for only a few hours, daycare can be a great option. This frees you to do some of those things you love to do that might not be a great fit for your pet. If you are an adrenaline junky, you might choose to leave your pet in good hands while you rappel one of the natural rock formations in the area, or raft extreme whitewater in the Royal Gorge. If you prefer a calmer adventure, a float down the Arkansas River might be more to your liking. Most rafting companies do not allow pets or have a place you can leave your pet unattended while you are on the water.
ABOUT BAMPAWS - LOCATED IN COLORADO SPRINGS
The Flaks family, founders/owners of BamPaws Stay and Play in downtown Colorado Springs, understand the concerns you have when leaving your pets behind. Their business was actually started out of their own need for quality care for their five dogs. They are avid pet lovers who offer daycare and boarding in a safe, clean “home” with 24/7 supervision. Their staff members are required to engage, interact, and monitor all dogs in their group. Their goal is to “make certain every dog or cat enjoy a safe, happy, and enjoyable stay.” BamPaws offers three kennel sizes and 10 private luxury suites. There is a daily quiet time from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The lights are turned off and soothing music is played for an afternoon rest period. “Our family does not believe in warehousing dogs in crates,” says Greg Flaks. BamPaws is conveniently located only two minutes off I-25 at the Cimarron exit. They invite you to stop by and tour their facilities. Their 24/7 supervision is manned by an on-site staff member. Grooming services are available.
BAMPAWS Stay & Play
Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(719) 471-BARK (2275)
815 S. Sierra Madre Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903