Help Animals in Need from Home!

You may know that we also house rescue animals at our facility. We currently have adoptable dogs & cats waiting for their furever homes. While we love foster home and volunteers, we know that not everyone has time in their busy schedules to do those things. Here's a couple ways you can help our rescue animals from the comfort of your own home:

  • Amazon WishList: You can check out our wishlist here. Our wishlist has some necessary things on it, like food & litter, but also fun stuff like toys & treats. There's even some martingale collars & leashes so that when we take them out in public, they're under control! 
  • Sponsor a Pet: You can sponsor a pet that is staying with us. Your sponsorship will help cover the costs of their care, such as vetting, meals, etc. Your name will be proudly displayed on the animal's enclosure, & you will receive a picture of the animal you are sponsoring. You are always welcome to stop by our facility and meet the pet too. Click here to sponsor a pet!
  • Donate a Meal: You can visit our site here, to donate individual meals for only $1!

Or, did you know we take donations from your home?? If you have blankets, towels, or pillows you no longer want, our pups will love them! We are also always accepting newspaper. This is an easy way to help animals in need and won't cost you a penny!

What to Pack For Your Pet's Stay

We're so excited to care for your pet! Here's what you need to pack to help them have a comfortable stay:

  • Food: We recommend you bring the diet they are used to eating at home. Whether it's dry kibble, FreshPet, wet food, raw, or cooked, we will follow your feeding instructions!
  • Medications: Any medications your pet typically takes, or even if it's just their monthly heartworm treatment happens to be needed during their stay, bring that too along with whatever you normally use to give it to them (Pill Pockets, Peanut Butter, Cheese, etc). We do have Pill Pockets, Peanut Butter, & wet food if needed. 
  • Toys: Sometimes there are rainy days where we can't play as much so interactive toys like Kong with Kong filler or knuckle bones get a lot of attention. We recommend that you do not bring their most favorite toy in the event that it gets lost or chewed. 
  • Treats: Any treats they enjoy getting with meals or after coming inside from doing their business are welcome to come! If you are fresh out of treats at home, we do have some treats at our facility that you can purchase at check in. 

That's it! We will provide the bedding and the bowls so you don't need to worry about bringing either one of those. We will also send home the collar and leash that you walk your pet in on (unless specified otherwise). Thanks & we will see you soon!

Kennel Cough: What You Need to Know

Most pet parents have heard of the dreaded kennel cough. The dry, hacking cough can cause both you & your dog some discomfort. We want you to be as informed as possible & we want to share some insights with you about kennel cough itself. 

Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or commonly referred to as "kennel cough" is a respiratory disease caused by inflammation in the trachea and bronchi. The symptoms include coughing, hacking, watery eyes, & lethargy. Kennel cough can be contracted anywhere dogs congregate: kennels, doggie daycares, vet offices, dog shows, even the pet store.

According to Pet Health Network: "kennel cough can be transmitted by aerosols released when a sick animal coughs, by direct contact with an infected animal, or by the sharing of contaminated objects". Additionally, "it can also spread if a dog greets an infected dog during a walk or drinks from a contaminated water bowl at the dog park."

The AKC says most causes of kennel cough are caused by Bordetella, but some may also be caused by other agents including: "the bacteria bordetella bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine respiratory coronavirus, and mycoplasmas, so the vaccine may not prevent your dog from catching the disease." 

It is also important to receive all of the boosters for the Bordetella vaccine. The AKC recommends that the initial dosage be given twice 2-4 weeks apart, followed by a booster every 6 months to a year. We recommend checking with your local veterinarian to see if your dog is due for a booster. 

What does Francis Kennels do to combat Kennel Cough?

We try to take every step possible to reduce the risk of kennel cough coming into our facility. All dogs that stay or play with us are required to be up to date on their Bordetella vaccine. Our dishes are washed with antibacterial dish soap, and all laundry is washed with antibacterial laundry detergent. Dishes & laundry are of course washed between use. We use Trifectant to clean our facility, & it kills 99.99% of major viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens in minutes. We also have floor, wall, & ceiling fans to keep fresh air constantly circulating through the main kennel area. 

We hope this extra information regarding kennel cough has been informative. While your dog stays with us, we do try to take every step possible to reduce the risk of them catching any illnesses. It is important to remember that like kids at school, the vaccine does not cover every strain and the risk is always there, even when taking your dog to the local dog park.