Best Dog Boarders in Des Moines

Why These Dog Boarders?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Des Moines Dog Boarders on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

All-Pets Hospital

Two All-Pets Hospital locations in Des Moines provide boarding along with general veterinary care and grooming services. Dogs board in individual kennels with indoor, climate-controlled runs and access to a fenced area for supervised outdoor play. Pet caregivers at the clinic and boarding facility include several certified vet techs and pre-vet students. One boarding attendant has taken care of All-Pets Hospital dogs for 30 years.

Des Moines, IA 50125


Ankeny Animal & Avian Clinic

The pet care team at Ankeny Animal & Avian Clinic prioritizes maintaining a calm, fear-free environment for medical patients and overnight boarding guests. Dogs from the northern Des Moines area board in dorm or suite style rooms, taking supervised walks outside three to four times a day. The kennel attendants play calming music and clean the whole space frequently.

Ankeny, IA 50023


Ingersoll Animal Hospital

Ingersoll Animal Hospital, founded in Des Moines in 1979, provides boarding services for dogs and cats. Clients can select a variety of services for their pet’s stay, such as bathing, veterinary procedures, and treadmill exercise sessions. The pet care team at Ingersoll Animal Hospital is made up of registered vet techs, a former zookeeper, and assistants with experience in 4H and FFA. Regular Ingersoll pet patients who board will be staying with caregivers who already know them.

Des Moines, IA 50312


Rush Animal Care P.C.

Greater Des Moines area cat and dog owners can board their pets at Rush Animal Care P.C. in Johnston. The owner-veterinarian, Dr. Rush, graduated from ISU’s veterinary college and opened her clinic in 1992. Dog boarding is in indoor-outdoor runs with a TV on in the kennel area and low lighting at night. Rush Animal Care P.C. supports the Pet Project, helping people who are experiencing financial difficulties to feed and house their pets.

Johnston, IA 50131


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