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Animal Lodge Boarding Kennels and Cattery, located in Hamilton, Waikato is locally owned and operated by Rick and Elena Stephens.

We are the owners of The Animal Lodge since February 2021 and have big shoes to fill after taking over from Sharon who after 20 years has retired.

We have been around dogs for over 50 years from Farm dogs to breeding registered Labrador Gun Dogs. We are very excited to move into this venture with plenty of energy to make your pets stay a pleasant experience.

Here at Animal Lodge, your pets will be cared for in homely environments and looked after by experienced and loving staff.
We cater for dogs that like to play together or those that prefer their own company. Whether you are away for a day, a week or a month your pet will be safe, secure and content with us.


In every aspect of our services we aim to provide the best level of care we can, as we would expect of our own pets being in the care of others.

About Us

Dion Henley

Mandy Hester

Sophie Wallis

Our Team

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