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Serving North San Diego County, Encinitas, Oceanside, Poway, Del Mar, Fallbrook and surrounding cities, we offer pet boarding, doggie daycare and camp, play time, pet grooming, pet training and more for your beloved pets! Choosing comfortable kennel quarters for your pet while you’re away is a difficult process. We consider your dogs, cats, birds, and pocket pets part of our family. With four convenient Southern California pet locations to serve you, we invite you to tour our “home away from home”. Our certified pet trainers, pet groomers and staff will give you endless reasons why your pet should be part of The Animal Keeper family! Our passion is providing your best friend the best possible pet care in a professional, safe, clean and loving environment. To ensure availability, The Animal Keeper recommends advanced reservations. Since 1979, we’ve been the leader in specialized pet care and pet boarding in San Diego. Whether it’s for dog boarding, cat boarding, birds or pocket pets boarding, grooming, or training, we hope to see you and your pet soon at The Animal Keeper.
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: (858) 748-7491

Fax Number: (858) 748-7491

Payment method
all major credit cards, debit
Dog & Cat Grooming & Supplies, Pet Boarding & Kennels, Pet Grooming, Pet Services, Pet Sitting & Exercising Services, Pet Stores, Pet Training
Other Information

Specialties: Dogs & Puppies, Fresh Water Fish, Puppy Sales, Dog Sales, Cats & Kittens


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Great Place to Board Your Dog

I recently boarded my dog Satch at the Animal Keeper in Encinitas. I especially would like to mention how friendly and pleasant the front desk person was both when I dropped Satch off and again when I picked him up. Satch almost didn’t want to go home. The $10 I spent on his going home bath was a real bargain. I’m used to spending much more at other places to have him bathed. It’s worth it to board Satch occasionally just for the bath! I’m really happy with my experience at AK and would highly recommend it to everyone.



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A Great Stay

My husband and I were able to go away for the fourth of July. We were very concerned about leaving our little ""Charlie"" with someone for the first time since we moved to the San Diego area. We asked around and kept hearing the name ""The Animal Keeper"". After taking a tour and seeing how well the employees interact with the animals we felt we had found the right place.
When we dropped our little fellow off, he went with the young lady without a second thought. Although we were sad to leave him for a week, it sure helped to see he was so willing to go with her. (He is usually a shy dog.)
I called several times during the week to check on Charlie. I was told he was eating well and enjoying playing with the other dogs. I was also told that he and another dog had become fast friends.
When we returned to pick Charlie up I had to believe they had told me the truth. Not only had Charlie gained a little weight he was freshly bathed and smelling great.
The best part is our Charlie was in no hurry to come home with us. I plan to take him back for day care so that he can visit his friend.
The Animal Keeper was a wonderful experience for my husband and me. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My husband and I are older and Charlie is more than just a family dog to us.
Thanks again to the staff at the Animal Keeper for making our trip enjoyable because we were not worried about our pet..

David F.


Animal Keeper review

The Animal Keeper offers many dog services including boarding, grooming and training (with the owner). My dog is always a happy dog when he comes home from the Animal Keeper, so I know he is well cared for and treated well there.


Want a place were you never have to worry? The Animal Keeper has always been that place for me! I���ve had a few pets over the years and have always taken them to The Animal Keeper for care. I LOVE POWAY but sometimes I���ve waited till the last minute and they have been full so then they���ve referred me to Oceanside and Encinitas which I���ve used both. But I always come back to Poway they just know how to treat me. They always make drop off easy and fast. Anything for my kids.



Home away from home

I���ve been taking my 2 dogs to The Animal Keeper for going on 5 years now, and I wouldn���t feel comfortable taking them anywhere else.

From the moment I pull into the parking lot, to walking in the door they make you feel welcomed. There have been plenty of times one of the staff is outside walking back in and they will ask to take my dogs when I���m just dropping off for daycare, or help me carry in there overnight belongings. I���m surprise how many names they can remember. It���s just a good feeling all around dropping the kids off and not having to worry.