Kennel prices add hundreds of dollars to holiday costs
A drastic rise in kennel boarding prices is forcing pet owners to shell out hundreds of extra euros on the price of their summer vacation.
Lack of space in kennels is also causing concern, leading the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to urge owners to be careful about where they send their animals.
DSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Bird said Extra.ie: ‘If you book a family holiday for you, your husband and your two children, the cost of a flight has increased, the cost of accommodation has increased, generally the cost of living has increased.
‘On top of that you’re probably looking at paying €25 to €30 [a day] for your dog to be boarded. If you leave for 10 days, you must leave your dog the day before and pick it up the day after your return. That’s 12 days at €25 to €30 per day on top of your own family vacation.
Many owners have more than one dog, adding significantly to the already substantial costs of family vacations.
We researched the price of boarding for two dogs at kennels in Dublin City and Co Dublin and they all charged €50 per day which added significantly to the cost of the holiday.
Ms Bird said staff and insurance costs, as well as electricity prices, had all driven up boarding prices. She also expressed concern for the safety of pets in crowded kennels. “There is only a limited number of dogs a kennel should accommodate, depending on the number of staff and the facilities they have.
“So people have to keep that in mind, that they have to be careful if they’re sending their pets to the right place, somewhere that’s going to take good care of their animals and not let anything happen to them. during their absence. ‘
Ms Bird explained that until recently daily costs for a dog kennel were closer to £20 a day, but have now risen by a third to a fifth.
And she fears it could leave pets alone in case owners are unable to cover kennel fees.
“Potentially yes…and you abandon your pet if you leave it alone for a period of time and it’s unsafe to do so because you don’t think about what might happen to your pet. It is illegal, absolutely,” she said.
“If you have someone who says they can’t afford to keep their dog because they’re going on vacation and they can’t afford dog boarding, you kind of have to look at the people’s priorities.