Boarding Kennels

What are our members saying about the Australian Pet Care Association?

The Australian Pet Care Association (APCA), formally known as the Association of Pet Boarding and Grooming (APBG) has a long history within the pet care industry. Originally established in 1992, the association was established by a group of independent boarding kennel operators who were passionate about working together to see advancements in the industry.

The Association is now primarily focused on providing members with essential information, help and support to assist businesses with operating their businesses efficiently and effectively. Here are a few recent recommendations from our amazing members, who have joined us to collaborate with like-minded people and see progress being made within our industry. See what they are saying, and consider joining us!

Avery – AAA Pet Resort

“I would like to thank the pet care association for the commitment and dedication to our industry. Every business small or large should be a member which in turn supports our industry. The work that our volunteering committee does and has done over the years is amazing. There efforts help shape the future of our much-loved industry. We all grow by association, the more you contribute the larger the return. Just by being an active member you have your own mastermind group.”

Palmer – Cawarral Boarding Kennels

 “We joined the association before we had finished building our kennels ………the support we received from the group was invaluable to us as novices to the industry.   Ask any question and there were always heaps of responses from those with experience in the industry.”

R and M Gateley – Eureka Boarding Kennels and Cattery

“Meg and I have been in business’s for the past 40 years and a major plus is the meeting and networking with like-minded people. The Association provides the platform and has been of great value to our current and future success.

Meeting and networking with like-minded people. The Association provides the platform and has been of great value to our current and future success.”

Glenn Elin – Animal World Pet Resorts

“I have been a member of this Association for around 20 years and would not have achieved the success we have enjoyed in our businesses without it. The knowledge, help and assistance we receive and share from being a member is priceless.

The value of the listing on the Association website alone is worth far more than the membership fee. If you are a professional pet care provider in Australia, you should join.”

Mackay – Northshore Pet Resort

“The Association has been an amazing source of information and support for our business for many years. Now is the time to be driving change in Australia, in the areas of Pet Care. The Association members are all passionate about improving the standard of care for Domestic Pets in Australian, and the APCA has been a driving force in collaborating with Government agencies and other Associations to provide accurate information on how the various changes will affect the pet care industry.”

Mai Walton, Pawz N Clawz Pet Accommodation

“I can certainly recommend joining the APCA. I have been a member for many years now. APCA has many active members who are lovely and helpful to talk to, they are always helpful online and always up for a chat. Ideas are always listened to and thrown around and all members have been a godsend even just to vent to during COVID craziness. It has not been easy in our industry but it’s nice having people in the same boat who understand your situation. They have also been fantastic at lobbying the government on several issues our industry faces that are quite unique to our forgotten little industry. We don’t really “fit” anywhere under government headings, but work is being done to change that.”

Joe and Helen Mhelac – Chandler Boarding Kennels

“We would like to take the opportunity to complement the committee of the Australian Pet care Association and whoever designed the Associations Website. Countless times over the Xmas New Year period we referred callers to the Webpage. Suggesting they check out all the Kennels in the area and those on the way or where they intended to travel. Having all the good kennels on the one Page is very helpful. Many rang back or emailed to thank us for the suggestion.”

Stanley – Alidas Pet Resort

“The “APCA” formerly known to us as the” APBG” has been a blessing to me for information, for support, and a great feeling of you are not on your own when problem comes to a head. I will highly recommend anyone to join.”

Janice Garwood – Nanango Pet Motel

“My husband and I have been members of The Australian Pet Care Association, although the name has changed over the years, ever since we joined the pet care industry over 20 years ago. We bought a small kennel at Nanango in the South Burnett, full of enthusiasm and energy. Over the years there have been lots of happy times, but occasionally you can come up against brick walls. At these times it has been comforting to know that the committee and fellow members have always been there with great advice and a shoulder to lean on. At one of my lowest points Glenn Elin (another member of the Association) got in his car and drove up here to help, he probably does not realise it, but because of him, we are still in the industry today.

During the last twelve months when Covid has made our lives hell, and our businesses very quiet, there has been constant suggestions and information coming our way from the Association. Feels good to know that you are not on your own.

I would recommend that anyone in the Pet Care Industry be a member of the Australian Pet Care Association, you will be kept up to date with latest rules and regulations, and you won’t be on your own.”

Who can join?

Membership categories have now been expanded to include 4 different categories, which range from a full member all the way through to those who are joining as an Advocate of our association. The various membership levels can be found at the following links, and we encourage every person who has, or is associated with, pet boarding, doggie day care or dog training, to join one of these membership levels.

Joining the APCA at any level will make a huge different in the driving force towards seeing real change it the Pet Care Industry.

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