As pet owners {and if you follow us on Instagram, then occasional dog sitters}, we know the importance of leaving your pet with someone trustworthy. If you’re reading this, you probably own a pet, and are therefore aware of their varying temperaments, eating habits, socialising skills, and separation anxiety quotient. With that in mind, we dug up a list of nine spots where you can safely leave your best buddy.

We strongly suggest a full recce, and conversation with the owners, so you can make an informed decision. Don’t, by any means, just arrive on the day of travel and leave your pooch.

If you want to take your pup with you on vacation, there are ways you could manage. If you can’t, but want to make it up to them when you get back, you can always get them a snug sweater, take them for a day outtreat them to a spa or grooming sesh or just buy them some good old fashioned treats.

Alfa 11

Alfa 11 offers a range of services, including training, grooming and day boarding. For longer staycations, there are two types of facilities. The Home Boarding option is for dogs that don’t like to mingle and prefer cosying up in a corner. This is the actual house of the owners; your dog will most likely feel at home. There is also a Farm Boarding option for dogs who like to get outside and play, and there’s even a specially designed splash pool for pooches. We’ve heard some mixed reviews about this facility, and must reiterate a full, first-hand recce.

Where: Ansals Palam Farms, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: MG Road

Contact: +91 9810964472, +91 9312054422, +91 9891415161

Find out more here.

CGS Hospital

CSG HospitalWe’ve been impressed in the past with CGS Hospital’s ability to deal with pet illnesses, and love the fact that they have a 24-hour emergency ward. They also offer boarding facilities—this isn’t 5 star plushness, it’s more a no-frills guesthouse. Dogs are checked into a kennel, walked four times a day, and fed fresh food {unless the owner wishes to provide packaged food}.

As a rite of passage, all dogs are given a tick/flea shampoo treatment when they’re checking in. This is a good option if your pet is a bit older or prone to falling sick — you know that the good people in white coats are literally next door.

Where: S-25, Site No. 2204, Phase III, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Guru Dronacharya

Contact: +91 8826005582/80

Find out more here.


Book early to avoid disappointment! PetSpot takes in only a small number of guests, so that each pet can get his/her share of attention. Following a strict no cage policy, dogs get the full run of the house, and the staff ensures that they get their feed on time, get ample play time, walks and basic grooming. If you want your pets to also get a dose of diversity, PetSpot welcomes cats, rabbits, hamsters and more.

Where: D-04, Supermart-II, Sector 57, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Contact: +91 9811133950

Find out more here.

Canine Elite

canine eliteWe’ve had friends leave their pooches here, and the kids came home happy and A-okay. They start delivering from the word go, so much so that they’ll come and pick up your pet in case you can’t drop him/her off. Each pooch gets his/her own private kennel, with stipulated play time and meal times, and get this, swim time!

If you’re worried that your dog seems to be more of an introvert and fights worry you, all dogs are handled by trainers and specialists, so someone is always keeping an eye out. As for food, they offer home cooked meals, and all packaged food, unless your pet has a special dietary constraint; feel free to let them know in such cases.

Where: Next to Ahinsa Sthal, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar

Contact: +91 8860084511, +91 9871397179

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Dr. Choudhary’s Pet Clinic

Power couple alert. No, seriously. Both vets, and highly recommended at that, the Choudharys take care of everything from A to Z for your pet. They run a grooming facility, are doctors, have a store, a parlour, an ambulance, and are one of the few vets in Delhi equipped to handle relocation of your pets. By this we mean if you’re moving abroad, and your pooch needs to go, they’ll help with the paper work, and preparing him to meet country standards.

They also run a boarding facility, and judging from their medical expertise, your dog will be in great hands.

Where: Shop No. 31, Lower Ground Floor, DDA Market, Anand Niketan, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Dhaula Kuan

Contact: 011 24113000 +91 9810147810 +91 9818334540

Find out more here.

Jeevashram Shelter

JeevashramA local animal rehab and NGO, Jeevashram Shelter is a shining beacon of hope for our four-legged friends in the city. They have not just a cattery and kennel, but make sure both are cooled in the summers and well-heated in the winters, to keep your best bud nice and comfortable while you’re away.

They also have a pet store, where you can pick up some treats on your way out and they run one of the city’s best pet adoption services.

Where: Near Shiv Temple, Rajokri, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Ghitorni

Contact: 011 25064114, 011 25063696, 011 25064118

Find out more here.

Tail Magic

More of an informal facility, the man behind the highly-recommended facility is a licensed trainer and behavioural specialist. One conversation later, we were convinced of his undivided attention to his guests. He and his wife rent their home out to four legged friends, and with two pooches of their own, he’s strict about who gets to stay.

He strongly advises an initial meeting with the parents and the pooch, to get a feel for the temperament, habits and socialisation skills of the pet. He personally walks them, trains them, socialises them, and plays with them. Parents are given daily updates {in case you’re as OCD as us} via images and texts, but this is only when your pooch isn’t accompanying him on a long drive.

Rates per night vary from between INR 600 and INR 800, but like any passionate dog person, he’s willing to waive the fee for fostered dogs, and negotiate with parents with financial constraints.

Where: Sector 57, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Contact: Every pet needs to be pre-apporved, you’ll have to ask for an appointment. Call Pravin Kora on +91 9818048057

Follow them on Facebook here.

Cuddle Inn

Cuddle InnA cute name for a cute concept, Cuddle Inn provides hands-on care for your pets. Been away from your pet too long? They’ll Skype or WhatsApp you to provide regular updates {and maybe give you a glimpse of that whiskered face}. No leashes are used here, no cages to control your cat {all he wants to do is have a lick!}. Prices depend on the type of pet, and time of day you need to book.

Where: Balaji Apartments, Devi Puriji Ashram Rd, Ahinsha Enclave, Mehrauli, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar

Contact: +91 9711111329

Follow them on Facebook here.

Happy Tails Kannel

While Happy Tails is primarily a pet grooming and pet adoption facility, they specialise in day boarding and overnight stays, and are ready to take care of your baby while you are away. Your pet {or we guess, you} has the choice of a home cooked meal or the best pet food brands available, and there is a communal space for your animals to mingle and socialise. If of course your pet prefers his/her ‘me time’ there are individualised suites just for them. Think of Happy Tails as the cutest cocktail social mixer you’ve ever been to.

Where: A 148, Sector 19, Dwarka, Behind St. Marys School, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Dwarka Sector 10

Contact: +91 9999133203, +91 9868464794

Find out more here.