Originally published on December 11, 2017, by Sophie Pettit. Last updated on November 21, 2019, by Stephanie Lown.
With the winter now officially upon us, some of you may be packing your suitcases faster than you could possibly imagine. The only downside of jetting off is leaving your beloved pets behind, but fear not, because Hong Kong has pet sitting services to suit every pocket. From five star establishments to local pet sitters, your only problem might be persuading your furry buddy to come back home after.
With the help of these apps, you can now find local pet-sitters in your neighbourhood to take care of your pets – whether it be pet-sitting, grooming, boarding or taxiing! Simply scroll through the list of profiles and select the service provider you like most according to location, budget, and requirements!
Perhaps the easiest service on our list to navigate, Pawshake provides care for your pets in just a few simple clicks. Browse the online listings of community pet sitters across the city, check out their online bio, and put your mind at ease with reviews and ratings from previous customers. From daily visits to dog walks, and daycare to full-blown house sitting, you’re bound to find a Pawshake sitter perfectly suited to your needs.
Services: Dog boarding, dog daycare, home visits, dog walking, house sitting
Prices start at $100 per visit
Pawshake, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau
Connecting pets to pet-lovers, Petbacker allows you to compare over 450 dog-sitting services near you for the best prices. The app is a popular choice among pet-lovers, with services such as pet taxis, boarding, house sitting, dog walking, daycare and pet grooming available across 50 countries! Pet sitters can also provide free live-tracking of dog walks and daily updates of your dog’s moments with the pet-sitter via the app, helping you to put your mind at ease whilst you’re away from your beloved pet. Once the job is complete, a rating system allows you to provide feedback and rate your service provider for a job well done.
Services: Pet taxi, pet boarding, house sitting, dog walking, pet day care, pet grooming
Prices start $100 per night
It’s more of a family affair at Furwy, who are here to ensure that your pet is left in the hands of trusted and experienced host families. Take your pick from the thousand trusted pet sitters in Hong Kong, and find a host from your very neighbourhood for a more comfortable visit. Not only will your pet be cared for by animal lovers, but they will also be protected through Furwy’s premium pet insurance in the event of any unforeseen circumstances *touch wood* (accidents do happen)
Services: pet boarding, dog walking, pet grooming
Judging by the luxury standards of some of these establishments, you might be tempted to cancel your Christmas vacation and bunk up with your four-legged friends instead. Just remember to book in advance, particularly ahead of peak seasons.
Perhaps the trendiest hotel of them all, Dog Cheers (pictured above) boasts nine private rooms, full grooming and spa services, and a spacious outdoor terrace that can be hired out for private BBQs and parties. Located in Chai Wan, which is ideal for island pooches, the spacious rooms accommodate dogs big and small, and also allows canine pals to bunk together. The fun doesn’t stop there either, with monthly workshops and adoption events for you to pop in your post-holiday diary.
Prices range from $500 – 650 per day depending on the size of your dog
Dog Cheers, 4C, Man Foong Industrial Building, 7 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, (+852) 3709 2966
With 110 years of experience under its belt, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has the welfare of your pets pumping through its veins. Cats and dogs are welcomed into spacious accommodation, which is well ventilated and soundproof. Each furry guest will receive daily one-on-one leisure time to play and interact, and their eating habits will be monitored to ensure they are happy and healthy during their stay.
Ferndale Kennels & Cattery
Nestled amid Sai Kung’s scenic hills, Ferndale’s Kennels & Cattery is a country escape for furry friends. Owned and run by Stacy, who has 10 years of veterinary experience, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your pet is in capable hands. Dogs can frolic around the large, secure compound by themselves (unless requested, your dog won’t come into direct contact with other guests), with hill walks and ball games for longer-term guests. Of course, not all the fun is reserved for the woofs – cats have an indoor gym to get their claws stuck into.
Prices per night during the off-peak season start at $140 for short hair cats, and between $280 – 505 for dogs, depending on size of dog and outdoor or indoor room
Ferndale Kennels & Cattery, SX-2031, Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park, (+852) 2792 4642
Much more than a place to sleep, Petworld Resort (pictured above) is the ultimate holiday escape for canine pals. Climate controlled suites, swimming pools, hydrotherapy facilities, social training – this place has the lot. Plus, exercise and playtime with the Petworld Resort team, who are dog owners themselves, is the order of the day – every day. Senior dogs will receive specialised care, collection services are available, and all owners are kept up to date with photos throughout their loved one’s stay.
Prices range from $380 – 980 per night
PetWorld Resort, No. 351, Shui Mei Tseun, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, (+852) 2470 6928
For a truly home-like experience, check out Dog Dayz in Sai Kung – the only fully licensed home boarding facility in Hong Kong. Passionate dog owner Andrew has dedicated the entire ground floor of his house to his canine lodgers and ensures that all guests are fully satisfied with long walks, large grounds, heating in the winter, air con in the summer, and individual mats and blankets. Due to the sociable nature of Dog Dayz, an appointment with both you and your dog is required in advance to ensure your canine is well suited.
With 60 spacious rooms ready for the taking, Pet Field is a popular option for both cats and dogs. While you’re away, your furry friends will tuck into natural pet food, enjoy exercise twice a day, and even check out the professional grooming and training services if you wish. This is a particularly good option for older pets, with a daily body check and WhatsApp video report available for a mere $20 fee. A pick up and drop-off service is also available at an additional price, and will vary according to location.
Prices per night start at $170 for cats and $190 for dogs
Pet Field, 60 Ta Shek Wu, Fan Kam Road, Pat Heung, Yuen Long, (+852) 2488 6736
Kennel Van Dego
One of the largest boarding establishments in the city, Kennel Van Dego (pictured above) has a whopping seven exercise playgrounds on site! Of course, not only dogs can have fun here, with live entertainment in the form of bird-watching rooms for your feline friends. Founded in 1981, Kennel Van Dego has earned the endorsement of pet organisations and vets due to its clean and spacious facilities, good service, and reasonable prices.
Prices start at $150 for cats and $180 for dogs per night
Kennel Van Dego, 1-3 Shek Hang Village, Yan Yee Road, Tai Mong Tsai, Sai Kung, (+852) 2792 6889
Countryside Pets Hotel
With two branches in Kowloon City and Tuen Mun, Countryside Pets Hotel is ideal for doggies and moggies that demand the finer things in life. After a relaxing night in their premium rooms, furry friends can gaze out of their private window, pop into the grooming department, and saunter outside to play in the canopied park (heaven forbid the rain should ruin their hairdo). Each guest is treated to three strolls per day, a weekly bath, two meals, and filtered water. You can book your pup in for a swimming session too, while cats have a whole array of toys, furniture, and springboards to play around with. Happy holidays indeed!
Prices start at $190 in Tuen Mun and $280 in Kowloon City per night (discounts available for extended stays)
Countryside Pets Hotel Kowloon City, 76 Tak Ku Ling Road, Kowloon City, (+852) 3422 8818
Countryside Pets Hotel Tuen Mun, Shop 3, 5 Tsing Min Path, Kim Po Building, Tuen Mun, (+852) 2661 1710
Looking for a sparkly, five-star establishment? Look no further. With stylists, shopping, spa treatments (well, who could turn down an Ultrasonic-Hydro Bath?) – Dogotel is the ultimate pooch pampering spot. In addition to luxurious boarding facilities, this hotel offers organic meals, animal psychology, celebrity dog training courtesy of Mr Cheung Chung Chiu, and a year-round discount for all members.
Read more! Find out How To: Choose a Pet Responsibly.
Pet Sitters and Home Visits
Moving to a new, unfamiliar place with lots of other animals can be unnerving for some pets, and who will care for smaller animals such as mice, birds, and fish? Thank goodness Hong Kong has multiple pet sitting and home visit services to choose from. While you’re away, these pet-loving teams will ensure your animal pals are fed, watered, and cuddled in relaxing, homely surroundings.
Senior CID launched in 2016, for retired, senior citizens to earn some money and share their love of pets through pet-sitting!
All pet sitters have undergone over 30 hours of training conducted by professional dog trainers and vet nurses. And with over 20 hours of volunteering experience at local animal shelters under their belts, Senior CID’s pet-sitters have experience with a wide range of animals, breeds and personalities. You also get to attend a free meet and greet session for you to meet the pet sitter at your home before confirming service, but we guarantee this is a decision you won’t regret!
Furry friends unite! With 15 sitters across the city, the Furrenz team is never far away. From 15-minute potty breaks to overnight pet sitting, the power really is in your hands – plus, you’ll receive daily email updates to keep you in touch with your pet. Founded in 2013, Furrenz is certified by Walks N Wags and Pet First Aid, and is a member of Pet Sitters International. In addition to doting on your precious pets, Furrenz will also water your plants, collect your mail, and take out the rubbish.
Prices for a 30 minute house-visit start at $135 for small animals, $195 for dogs, and $190 for cats. Overnight pet-sitting is also available at $600 for visits less than 12 hours
Furrenz, Contact: [email protected]
Wish You Were Here
Run by devoted pet owners with a decade of experience in pet handling, Wish You Were Here ensures that your pets are fed, groomed, exercised, and loved while you’re away. Backed by veterinary organisations, services start with daily one-hour visits and extend to full-time care, with overnight stays available upon request. Catering for dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds and fish, Wish You Were Here is ideal for families with multiple animal members – especially as discounts come into play for multi-pet homes and additional visits.
Contact the team to find out costs
Wish You Were Here, (+852) 6252 9821
Ensuring your animal friends get the royal treatment they deserve, Royal Pets is a pet sitting service for Hong Kong’s cats and dogs. Some members of the Royal Pets team welcome your buddies into their house, and others offer house-visits which is ideal for retaining your pet’s routine. We must say, Royal Pets offer great value for money with a daily fee of $300 for dog boarding services – including food, care, and three walks per day! If you’d prefer to keep things in-house, various time slots are available and overnight stays can be organised. Missing your furry pal? See what they’re up to through a webcam service which is attached to your iPhone!
Prices start at $140 for a 30 minute home visit for cats, and $300 for 3 home visit for dogs. Overnight pet-sitting is also available upon request
Royal Pets, (+852) 6314 9887
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