Best Places to Board Your Pooch in PDX

We know leaving a pet behind can be painful, so we sniffed out five of Portland's top spots to stash your dog while you're away.

By Nicole Cordier July 1, 2014


This Portland doggie haven boasts two locations, one in Burlingame and the second in Raleigh Hills. The company, in business since 2003, is dedicated to providing a comfortable environment for your furry friends. From climate-controlled play spaces to slip-resistant flooring, every detail at Central Bark has the dogs' safety and well-being in mind.

Highlights: Open for drop-off and pick-up 365 days a year; webcam allows you to check in on your pooch while you're away; other offerings include daycare, self-bathing, and grooming services. (Boarding dogs play in the daycare section during the day.)

Consider: Dogs must pass a temperament test to attend Central Bark, pups are kenneled during the night, and basic vaccinations required.

Price: Prices vary between $38 and $80 per night, depending on number of dogs, desired kennel size, and proximity to holidays.


This 16-acre Vernonia boarding paradise offers a cage-free environment and plenty of room for your pooches to roam. The profits from Indigo Ranch help to support the work of Indigo Rescue, a volunteer program that creates and sustains programs designed to save homeless animals.

Highlights: The cage-free environment means your dog is free to roam; inside and outside playtimes; daycare and doggie fat camp services also offered; little dog dorms offered; sprawling country location.

Consider: Basic vaccinations required (but not Bordetella); dogs must be under current flea treatment.

Price: $35 per night for first dog, $30 per night for each additional dog

Virginia Woof

Virginia Woof is Portland's only non-profit dog daycare, and they operate in conjunction with Outside In to provide job opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Their convenient West Burnside location offers reasonable rates for the socially conscious dog owner.

Highlights: Dogs participate in daycare on weekdays and receive playtime on weekends; staff is trained in canine first-aid by an onsite veterinary technician; other offerings include daycare, training, and grooming services.

Consider: Dogs sleep overnight in kennels; temperament evaluation required; basic vaccinations, Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination, and current flea treatment required; dogs must be spayed or neutered past six months of age.

Price: $35 per night

Play & Chase

This boarding facility, located on SW Barbur Boulevard, boasts an impressive list of amenities including cat boarding and a taxi service. They also host playgroups and meet ups that allow doggie fanatics to meet like-minded friends while their pooches play.

Highlights: Separate rooms for large and small dogs; pups may sleep in the daycare facility or a kennel depending upon which you prefer and which would be safest for all animals; owners can watch their dogs on a webcam; taxi service is available within a five mile radius (for an additional fee); other offerings include grooming, training and daycare service.

Consider: Temperament evaluation required; dogs must be spayed or neutere; pet must be older than five months to attend; basic vaccinations and active flea control required; owners must have had the dog for more than two weeks.

Price: $38 per night for first dog, $31 per night for each additional dog

3 Dogs Boarding and Daycare

This boarding facility, located less than 10 minutes from the airport on NE 42nd Avenue, offers a cage-free environment and 24/7 supervision. Bonus: huge indoor and outdoor spaces mean your dog will most certainly be tuckered out when they return home!

Highlights: Cage-free environment means dogs sleep un-kenneled; 5,000 square feet of outdoor play space and 4,000 feet of indoor space; shuttle service offered (for extra cost); dog daycare service also offered.

Consider: Temperament evaluation required; dogs must be current on all vaccinations; puppies must be four months old and weigh at least 10 pounds; dogs must be spayed or neutered by six months of age.

Price: $38.50 per night for first dog, $33 per night for 2 dogs, $31 per night for 3 or more dogs

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