Board Safely ™
Did you know… there are no statewide regulations that govern boarding kennels and pet daycare facilities in Massachusetts?
GET SET TO BOARD YOUR PET
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Board Safely™ campaign encourages pet owners to do their own research before leaving their pet in the care of a boarding kennel or daycare facility.
Find out safety protocols and licensing.
What is the procedure in the event of a natural disaster or medical emergency? Are there vaccination requirements to ensure the health of all boarded animals? Does the facility have a current kennel license?
Ask for details about supervision and interaction.
What is the experience-level of the person supervising your pet, and are they always on the premises? Are dogs allowed to interact with one another, and are they separated by size/temperament?
Download the Board Safely™ Checklist.
When researching potential boarding kennels or daycare facilities for your pet, ask all of the questions on this list and take notes.
YOU CAN HELP PUSH FOR KENNEL REGULATIONS
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is actively supporting a bill that would establish regulations within the operation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities, such as: emergency response training, facility standards, pet supervision and more.
YOU can advocate for these changes by contacting your legislator and urging them to support An Act protecting the health and safety of puppies and kittens in cities and towns (S. 2994)*. The legislative session ends July 31—make sure you speak up for animals today!
*Please continue to check this page for the most current legislation related to kennel regulations.