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Remember... if you snooze, you lose.

For about 5 months of the year, especially during the below-listed periods, we are sooooo fully booked that we just cannot serve everyone who wants to board their pets with us.

Summer, from 15 June to 15 September
Christmas & New Year, from 15 December to 15 January

We really hate not being able to take all of you in. Really. So here we try to help:

  1. Book early!

    Book as early as you can! Recent years suggest that for the most flexible summer boarding reservations you really need to try to start booking with us as early as 9-10 months in advance, believe it or not, and certainly no later than 6 months in advance. For Christmas/New Year, start before the preceding summer. We do realise that booking this early for most people is practically impossible, but demand is very high, so please do your best to settle your travel plans as early as you can. Frustratingly, if you try booking closer to these periods than we're recommending, getting the dates you strictly want or need becomes increasingly hit and miss.

  2. Book anytime!

    Yes, of course you can book anytime. Of course you can. If you can be more flexible with your own travel dates, then book with us when you're ready and we will do everything we can to fit you in by giving you all the date options available.

You can book any time ~ just contact us.

  1. Waiting list:

    If the dates you want are unavailable, we'll offer to put you on our waiting list. Now, this list is always very long, so in fairness we really can't promise you'll get a spot, but it is also very dynamic because of rescheduled bookings and cancellations. So, let us know if you'd like to be included; not everyone, but many, do ultimately get a place.

  2. Those Pesky Competitors:

    The sad and frustrating truth is that, in the end, we simply cannot serve everyone during our busiest periods ~ we do wish we could. So, if all else fails and you need to look for alternatives, get in touch and we'll try to help.

What are your vehicles like? How will my pet travel?


We use converted passenger vans (such as the Toyota Hiace) which have been heavily modified for o

<h3>What are your vehicles like? How will my pet travel?</h3> <div class="faq_ans_img"><img loading="lazy" src=""></div> <div class="faq_ans_text"><p>We use converted passenger vans (such as the Toyota Hiace) which have been heavily modified for our pet collection and delivery service. Take a look at <a href="/what-we-do/collection-delivery" target="_blank">Collection & Delivery</a>.</p> <p>Now, as we've said, these are people-passenger vans, <em><strong>not</strong></em> cargo vans; this is an important distinction because passenger vans have windows all round the vehicle so that plenty of light gets in, and also high-quality air-conditioning throughout. Furthermore, we've added fans to create even better air circulation.</p> <p>All the seats have been removed, of course, and replaced by metal flooring with embedded hooks, so when we put your pet and her/his travel box into the van, we can use strong ties to secure the boxes in-place.</p> <p>And finally, there's no partition between our handlers who are driving the vans and your pets in the back, which means we always know what's going on and your pets aren't isolated at all during the trip.</p> <p>And just so you know, we transport any animal in these vehicles, not just your dogs and cats.</p> <p>Oh, and one more thing: We do <em>not</em> have "drivers". The same Animal Handlers who take care of your pets when in our care are the ones who will come to your home for Collection & Delivery.</p></div>

Do I need to make an appointment?

<h3>Do I need to make an appointment?</h3> <p>We genuinely love having people just drop by and look around both our locations in <a href="/about-dkc/howl-we-get-there#dkcmap" target="_blank">Umm Ramool</a> (Boarding, Daycare, Relocations) and <a href="/about-dkc/howl-we-get-there#dkcvetmap" target="_blank">Motor City</a> (Veterinary Clinic).</p> <p>If you want to relocate your pet into or out of Dubai, or if you need veterinary care, then we do indeed need you to contact us to make an appointment... but we promise we won't make that difficult.  <img alt="" src="/graphics/ic_smiley3.png"></p> <p>If, however, you just want to see either of our facilities and look around, to see where your pet will live while you're away and he's boarding or while she's in veterinary care, and to have a chat with our Animal Handlers... then just come on down any time during our <a href="/about-dkc/two-legged-timings" target="_blank">Two-Legged Timings</a>.</p> <p>If you want to actually reserve boarding space for your pet, then yes, you do need to contact us in advance. How far in advance? Well, that depends on the time of year. Take a look at <a href="/what-we-do/boarding-daycare/gotta-book-early" target="_blank">Gotta Book Early! </a>If you've already booked your pet in for boarding, then you can also just come in whenever you're ready on the day during our Two-Legged Timings (or of course you can arrange for <a href="/what-we-do/collection-delivery" target="_blank">Collection & Delivery</a>).</p>

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COVID-19 and DKC

Please see our Collections & Delivery and Two-Legged Timings pages for important changes to our services during this almost-normal-again time of covid-19.


15% off DKC Boarding when staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai for a staycation!!

Along with free Collection & Delivery!

Need a rest? Can't leave the country? Don't WANT to leave the country?!

We've partnered with the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai for those of you wanting a lovely little staycation and want to have your pet cared for at the same time. Yahooo!

Just contact our boarding team and provide confirmation of your booking with the Grand Hyatt... and we'll take care of the rest!

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