Sunday, 19th May 2019


Kennels and catteries are boarding establishments for animals which provide care for pets when their owners are away. Kennel workers are staff that look after the animals in a boarding establishment or other businesses where animals are kept for longer periods of time.

The majority of boarding establishments provide for dogs and cats, and are specifically named kennels and catteries. However, there are other establishments that cater for other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, parrots and caged animals. Kennel workers can also work for quarantine kennels or for organisations that keep animals overnight, such as charities or rescue centres.

Kennels workers have a number of practical, routine responsibilities that they need to carry out to maintain the health and welfare of the animals. Daily tasks are likely to include:

  • Preparing food and feeding animals
  • Cleaning out kennels and cages
  • Keeping animals clean and well-groomed
  • Exercising dogs in a yard or on long walks
  • Running routine checks on animals to ensure health and comfort
  • Looking after distressed, elderly or sick animals
  • Dealing with customers by taking calls or handling payments
  • Showing potential customers around the premises

Kennel workers, regardless of what type of organisation that they work for, need to have a real interest in working with animals and their welfare. The work can be quite demanding, with the majority of it being outside, and usually in a fairly noisy atmosphere.

In quarantine centres, strict records need to be kept about every animal, so there is possibility of administrative work. In kennels operated by charities and rescue centres, animals may turn up in a poor condition, so extra care and attention to the animals’ health is required in these instances.