We want your pet to be safe, happy and have a positive experience at Southpaws. Dogs are free to run and play, spending valuable time interacting with other dogs in a carefully monitored and safe environment, and fed a varied and healthy diet. The individual kennels are included in a run area of approx. 2 x 3 metres that then can be opened onto a large common area for the day’s playtime. The beds are all plastic baskets with dry and fluffy blankets for warmth and comfort up off the concrete.
Dogs are let out of their kennels around 6am and are not usually back in them until around 7pm in the summer, although they have access in and out all day. Fresh water is always in each kennel run and play areas.
At Southpaws, we let dogs be dogs! We run them in packs of similar size, breed, nature and ages. While we are careful to oversee introductions and maintain a careful watch, it is possible that accidents can occur with the occasional snap at one another or tumble while playing. In case of injury, we have a vet 5 minutes away if needed. Such incidents are very uncommon, but if your dog is not well socialised let us know so we can arrange separate quarters for them.
We feed a mixture of:
- Chicken mince cooked with rice and garlic (a natural dewormer)
- Dog roll
- Fresh meat patties
- Brisket bones
- Raw chicken frames
If you prefer your dog to maintain a specific diet, you may also provide their regular food for the duration of the stay, which we are happy to give them instead. Additionally, if they require medication, simply let our staff know either when making a booking or dropping your pet off.
At Southpaws our cattery is a brand new building and outdoor run area, purpose built in 2013. The building is 9 x 6 m with an attached exterior run of 5 x 5 m. Staff go in and out several times a day, and make a point of interacting regularly with those cats who wish to spend time with them.
We have a maximum limit of 20 cats at any time.
We run a communal facility which means the cats get to choose where and when they eat and sleep. They are penned only for a few hours when they first arrive, their door is then opened and they come out when they are ready. There are lots of igloos, baskets, hammocks, shelves and other hiding places for your cat to claim as theirs while they are on their holiday.
We provide multiple feeding areas, and use an assortment of mixed dry biscuits, tinned meat and fresh meat. Fresh water is always available and changed daily.
We have two individual cages 1.2 x1.2 x 2.4m that can be booked for cats that need a special diet or that require limited movement due to age or for medical reasons. If a cat is not coping with the communal area then we will put them in one of these cages to prevent them becoming stressed. Please discuss your cat’s individual requirements if necessary.
A Feliway diffuser is run over the busy periods to help alleviate stress.