Ponderosa is a family run Cat and Dog Boarding Kennel business. We have many years experience of caring for animals in various capacities, from obedience to showing and breeding and also judging dogs.
With 30+ years of constant caring for our pets we are pleased to care for your Cat or Dog.
Fran Tantaro the Manager of Ponderosa together with her husband Vince have some 35 years experience in the dog world. Fran has been an obedience instructor and has a way with dogs. Fran is often referred to as the Cat whisperer, and the Ponderosa is home to one feline BMW who was a stray who came to stay. BMW likes greeting clients when she is in the office, and often puts her nose into any paperwork that clients present.
Vince Tantaro is a breed surveyor and judge and together with Fran has bred, shown and looked after Stud Dogs for others during this time. Vince is enjoying the rural feel to the place with the big gum trees and the outdoors approach to life. The proximity to the airport and the flow of planes going overhead reminds us of the contrast of Suburban living only 5 mins away to the country feel of the 10 acreas that Ponderosa offers.
Andrew Jones having seen the potential of Ponderosa from many a time driving past. With a keen sense of purpose he consistenty works with other family members to upgrade and update the establishment. Andrew has a background of breeding, showing and handling German Shepherd dogs, and is now also a Judge. Andrew, together with his wife Rachel Jones who has been part of the dog fraternity since a small child, have bred and imported dogs from Germany and the Netherlands. They are passionate people who are driven to do better. The couple with their children have experience with many dogs and a cat called Puss who tussles with their young son for bed space. They have a new addition to the feline family, a British Blue named Stella. The family have a real enjoyment for their pets and will ensure they extend this to all they are introduced to.
With nearly a lifetime of dogs and cats in their lives it seems life at the Ponderosa is to enrich their lives further. The different personalities and quirks' of each animal definitely makes them unique and ensures that each are assessed and techniques modified to ensure your pet get's the right type of attention. We understand.
We have a great team of staff who enjoy being around and working with pets. Their attitude and love for animals is proven every day, and we can happily say they enjoy being here, doing what is an enviable job of interaction and professional care for your pets.
We are always looking for ways to improve how we care for our pets, customers, and property. If you have any suggestions on how we could do better for you, please let us know. We care.
Dog Boarding Kennels
Our prices are reasonable, and are all inclusive of the food, pen, bed, bedding, and the playtime / exercise time in our spacious gardens.
All Dogs in our boarding kennel enclosures are supplied with:
- A dog kennel
- Clean, fresh bedding which is raised off the ground / trampoline bedding style.
- Your dog can decide to keep warm in the dog kennel or off the concrete via the raised floor.
All boarding kennels enclosures are out of the weather, with full roof covers, ample ventilation, out of direct sunlight, and we ensure that the size of the boarding kennel accommodates the small to extra large dog. We also have indoor pens for the more delicate dogs who need to be kept indoors during the cooler winter period.
The Melbourne boarding kennels complex is set in an outside country environment close to Melbourne Airport; your pet does not stare at a blank wall all day but gets to look onto the large grassed exercise area where birds fly about and air circulates. Their exercise/playtime allows your dog to let off any steam, under supervision, and includes interaction with our professional staff. They are given ample time to explore and enjoy their time out in the garden. We do not practice multiple dog exercise times at our Boarding Kennels unless they are from the same household and stipulated by the owners, each dog is exercised individually.
We provide top quality food, comensurate with your dog's breed and size, so feel free to ask if you want further details on this.
We also now offer professional dog grooming service which is conducted by a professional dog groomer and can be arranged by making an appointment with Ponderosa Pet Resort.
We are happy for you to inspect the full dog kennels complex by calling first and arranging a time.
We can also arrange dog pick up and drop off as required.
Requirements for Dog Kennels/ Dog Boarding:
- Every dog must supply a current Vaccination certificate for admission to the boarding kennels which is the C5 Vaccination (Distemper/ Hepatitis/ Parvo Virus).
- Bedding & toys are supplied. If you wish to bring your own please discuss with our staff when making your booking, and remember to collect all your dogs things when you leave the boarding kennels.
- Be sure to give us a call to discuss any of your pet's boarding kennels requirements further.
- Medication can be administered, please be sure to advise us when booking.
Price indications are: (Christmas incurs a small surcharge)
Xtra Lge: $35 to $37
Difficult dogs can incur an extra fee, please discuss prior to arrival.
Prices are per night, so we do not charge an extra day when you pick up in the afternoon of your pick up date, this can be a saving of one day's boarding.
Medication can require a nominal extra charge, please ask.
- stays of 21 days upwards
- if you have multiple animals for your stay
Remember, the price includes the food, pen, bed, bedding, and the playtime daily in our generous garden. We also have indoor pens for the more delicate dogs who need to be kept indoors during the cooler winter months. This is at no extra charge.
Cat Boarding in The Cattery
We have comfortable climate controlled boarding facilities at Ponderosa Pet Resort, to ensure your pampered feline can enjoy their stay:
Each cat enclosure in the Cattery has three levels with individual scratching poles, so your cat has ample room to jump and scratch as they wish. There are sufficient dividers to convince your cat they have no neighbours. The cat accommodation is fully temperature controlled with air-conditioning and heating when required.
All cats in the Cattery are provided with clean, fresh bedding, and all are cleaned daily, including some cuddle time for each cat. We recommend that you transport them in a carry case which can be left in the enclosure, so they have something which smells like home. We aim to ensure your feline friend is as comfortable as possible. Keep your cat just feelin fine.
Cattery Requirements for Boarding:
- Every cat must supply a current vaccination certificate for admission which is the F3 Vaccination.
- Be sure to give us a call to discuss any of your pet's Cattery stay requirements further.
$22 per cat per night.
Discounts* available for:
- Stays over 21 nights
- Multiple pet stays
- Pensioner discounts
* Not available during peak periods. Surcharge can be added for the Christmas to New Year period.
To make a booking please call or email our friendly team