Holiday Boarding Services
(please be advised that I reside in Googong, NSW)
Apart from everything else I'm occupied with, I provide boarding and grooming services. These extra jobs came about through default – meaning that I never intended to offer them. Due to limited facilities for little critters that are able to offer high level of care and decent amenities (not to mention actually having qualifications), I thought I'd help out. Another mouth to feed or coat to clip/brush doesn't daunt me and I'd much rather provide these services than imagine poor little things undergoing stressful conditions or suffering in the hands of the inexperienced just because they had no where else to go . . .
Boarding Bunnies & Guinea Pigs
It is not surprising for pet owners to be pleasantly relieved when they find me, for they can then go on a relaxing holiday with the knowledge that their bunny/s or squeaks are being well looked after. On occasion I may receive a postcard or an e-mail saying, "Hi we're having a wonderful time!" or "How is my baby, is he okay, does he miss me?"
I've heard quite a few disastrous stories about small animals left in care with people who knew little about them. Unfortunately, if unfamiliar with the tell-tale symptoms of any illness, they don't realize the seriousness of the situation. Or some even forgot to feed, water or check on the pet, resulting in unnecessary suffering or worse case scenario – death.
Interestingly, owners tend to notice a visible improvement in their pet's overall condition and comment that they look fitter and healthier – as if having stayed at a health farm. This might be due to an improved diet with my usual practice of providing an abundant variety of fresh vegetation. Sometimes too, owners are informed about their pet needing to gain weight or alternatively the chubby ones would be put on a diet. To achieve this I adjust food intake accordingly to individual needs.
Boarders receive health checks upon arrival. This is to assess if they are in good condition and to avoid introducing contagions. I generally do not reject bunnies with treatable health issues however much would depend on what the problem is. For example (and sometimes unbeknown to owners), I've found cases of wryneck, mites, fly blow, malocclusion, snuffles, weepy eyes and various other health issues. I can also cater for 'special needs' pets.
Here are some examples of the variety of hutches available . . .
More information . . .
Apart from their own companion/s, boarders do not co-habit with any other rabbits and so therefore are somewhat quarantined.
Although owners do not have to provide anything, they may choose to bring along veggies, which might go to waste while they are away. Some also arrive with their buns favourite treats, a special toy or whatever might be useful.
Pets receive a complimentary manicure (or if maulting a quick brush and I'm also happy to demonstrate these procedures.
Advanced bookings are recommended especially around xmas and the new year!
Squeaks and buns need to be transported in a secure container - not carried in arms or an open container - or otherwise it can be a bit difficult trying to catch them in open fields and paddocks!
The most convenient timeframes to deliver and collect pets are between Monday and Saturday. (I try to keep Sundays free for family activities) around 11am or between 3 to 5 pm. Phone calls are best mode of communication as they tend to be more reliable. Best times to make a call are between 10 am - 6 pm.
Extra large indoor hutches (with cute balconies) can even accommodate a couple of goats (see video below).
152 cm length X 76 cm width X 92 cm height
Overnight fees are quite reasonable compared to house sitters, vet clinics or kennels:
> $10 for one pet (or first bunny/guinea pig) in single accommodation.
> Plus an additional $5 for each other pet sharing a hutch - applicable to companions only.
(Overnight charges are calculated from the drop off day but not the pickup. Extended stays (i.e. more than 3 weeks receive negotiable discounts)
Bookings can be made below by phone, email or enter your details
including the dates in the contact form.