I offer pet boarding for small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises) for holidays in Fareham, Hampshire.
I have had many years of personal experience looking after rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises.
I have looked after rabbits, (long haired and short), guinea pigs,(long haired and short) and tortoises, as part of my boarding service. I can only offer boarding to certain breeds of tortoises, these include: Herman's, Horsefield, European spur, marginated tortoises.
I do not have the space or facilities for more tropical breeds of tortoises, such as leopard tortoises, star tortoises, red footed tortoises, yellow footed tortoises, African spur tortoises.
- Accommodation is fully enclosed in a well ventilated shed. - Hutches and accommodation are protected from bad weather. -Both sheds are locked securely every night to ensure the safety of all animals in our care. All windows are shut. - Hutches are all covered with blankets at night, so that all animals feel safe and secure. - Any animals who live together will not be separated, we understand how important it is to keep companion animals together. They will stay in the same hutch together. They will also play in the same run together during the day. - Animals who are not from the same family/live together will not be put together under any circumstances, this can lead to aggression, fighting, and passing of disease. This includes tortoises who do not know each other. -Sometimes tortoises from the same family will either need to be separated or put in separate runs from the start of their stay. This can be due to aggression, which can lead to injury or distress to the tortoise/s. - Depending on weather conditions, all animals are exercised daily in runs on an outside area. - In the event of rain, animals runs are covered over with waterproof sheeting, so guests can continue to enjoy the outside but stay dry. If the rain becomes torrential then I would get everybody in to the warmth of their hutches. - All animals have daily interaction and handling. - Any fruit and vegetables are provided by us on a daily basis depending on your pets' personal requirements. - I am located a few miles from a local veterinary practice with which we are registered. - Any food such as hay, vegetables and pellets are given daily as requested by you. We are very aware of the dangers of overheating for any animal, big or small, so all animals will go out first thing in the morning, into their runs to ensure they do not overheat(in the summer).
They will all have fresh water changed daily (and topped up during the day if needed) and fresh hay given at least twice daily.
- Animals are allocated spacious housing and a run, which are used exclusively by the individual animals. - All runs and hutches/cages are thoroughly cleaned during their visit aswell as after every visit to prevent the spread of infection. All hutches are sprayed with a pet friendly pet disinfectant between use. Guinea pigs, rabbits and tortoises will go in the garden in a run all day everyday, where they will beable to have access to hay, water and toys. In the case of bad weather such as rain, unless you are not happy with them being out in the rain, we can cover their runs with waterproof sheeting where they can still enjoy the outside facilities without getting wet. If torrential rain occurs animals will be put back into the warmth of their hutch. All animals will be back in the safety of their hutches before it gets dark (all year round).
Health & Hygiene:
Please note: Without proof of up to date Vaccinations (yearly combo vaccine) your rabbits will not be able to board with us. It is not worth the risk of illness or even death, if there was to be an out break. Even if your rabbit/s are house rabbits and do not go outside they can still catch VHD or myxomatosis. If you arrive without proof of your rabbits combination vaccinations being up to date, I will have to turn you away. This is even in the event of a non refundable deposit being paid.
There is a new strain of VHD going around. This is not covered by the yearly combination vaccination. It is recommended you ask your vet about getting your rabbit(s) covered for this, as you may need to go on a waiting list. You need to leave at least 2 weeks between getting your rabbit vaccinated for the yearly combination vaccinations and the new VHD2 vaccination.
-Rabbits need to have vaccinations up to date, both myxomatosis and VHD(yearly combi vaccine). You will need to bring their vaccination certificate/s when you bring your rabbit/s to stay. - Water bottles, bowls, litter trays & toys are cleaned on a daily basis. - Hutches and cages are cleaned on a regular basis. -If you're pet/s need any kind of medication you will need to let us know before your pets stay, you will need to fill out a medication agreement form. This is to give me permission to give your pet their medicine, how much and when to give their medicine to them. -If we need to take your pet to the vet we will take them to our local vet, which is located 10 minuits down the road. You will be required to fill out a veterinary authorization form, which will give me permission to take your pet to the vet.
Small Pet Boarding Prices
- Rabbits: £5.00 per day per single rabbit or £7.00 for two rabbits per day (where 2 rabbits are sharing a hutch) - Guinea Pigs: £5.00 per day per single guinea pig or £7.00 for two guinea pigs per day (where they are sharing a hutch). - Tortoises £4.50 each per day (in own cage)
Payment is to be made in cash or cheque on arrival. If this is your pets first stay with us, you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit. Until this is paid a space has not been secured for you.
If for any reason you need to cancel then please let me know beforehand (as soon as you know) as I may have to turn somebody else away who was looking for the same or similar dates to you.
If you have paid a non refundable deposit and need to cancel this is non refundable, no matter what the reason, how long ago the booking was made, or how long before the boarding was due to take place.
For more information on pricing or anything else you would like to ask please visit my website, e-mail or phone me and I will get back to you. Please visit my website for the full conditions of stay.
Unfortunately I will no longer be offering boarding over Christmas and New year.
Aswell as the lovely reviews on find pet boarding, you can also look at my website where there are many lovely recommendations from people who have already used my services. There are also more photos of my guests, and more photos of the garden area and guests accommodation.
We can groom your pets fur and bath them if requested by you, you would need to bring any pet shampoo for us to use on them. Bathing costs £3.00 per animal. Brushing is no extra. We cannot cut your pets claws, if you need your pets claws to be cut or trimmed before their stay then please get a vet or somebody experienced to do it for you.
I can send you photos of your pet while you are on holiday, whether you have access to a computer or not you will be able to see the photos when you arrive back from your holiday. This is at no extra cost. If you do not have an e-mail and have a mobile, I can text you to let you know how your pets are doing.
This was the first time we have gone away since we had our piggies (5 of them at the moment, in two sets) so we were nervous at first. As soon as we met Julia and saw her pet hotel, we were at ease though - Julia really knows what she's doing and you can tell she cares a lot for the animals in her care.
The photos and updates we were sent over our holiday were amazing too - the piggies definitely enjoyed their break as much as we enjoyed ours!
Will 100% be coming back to Julia next time we have a trip away - thank you!
From Andy on
Boarders Response:Hi Andy,
Thank you to you both for bringing the piggies to stay. I am glad you were happy with the service and care you and the little ones received. I am glad you would be happy to bring the boys to stay again. I would be more happy to look after them for you again. That's great you had an enjoyable holiday. Take care.
Cannot recommend Julia's Dalarna Lodge highly enough! Julia is so friendly and helpful and clearly loves animals. Our rabbit Joey had a lovely time there this summer when we went on holiday and was very well looked after. We received a lovely email from Julia whilst we were away keeping us informed as to how Joey was and what he had been doing, accompanied with lots of photos of him, which was very reassuring and a lovely touch. She even checked in with us after we took him home to see if he had settled back at home ok. Would definitely use again and would recommend to everyone.
From Louise Hitchcock on
Boarders Response:Thank you Louise. I am.glad you are happy with the care Joey received and the service you received. I hope to see you all again soon. Take care.
This has been Bunny Fluff's second visit to Julia's 'small animal hotel'. Once more, he has had first class care. Well fed, and his favourite greens and fruit every day.
He has had daily attention, which he enjoyed, as he is a very friendly and sociable rabbit.
No hesitation at all in recommending Julia to care for your rabbits or guinea pigs. A home from home. The photographs of your pets Julia sends to you whilst you are away is a bonus. You can see for yourselves how happy and relaxed your pets are. A nice touch. Thank you again Julia.
From June on
Boarders Response:Thank you for your lovely review. It was lovely to see you all again. I hope to see you again in the near future.
So pleased Julia looked after BunnyFluff whilst we were away. He had his own food which he was used to eating, and Julia made sure he was offered his favourite fruit and vegetables every day, just as he would at home. All pets in Julia's care have their wellbeing as her priority. Lots of paperwork to begin with, so she knows everything about them and their likes and dislikes. My grandchildren loved the photographs of him enjoying his holiday. Thank you Julia for such a thoughtful touch and for taking such good care of a much loved pet.
From June on
Boarders Response:Thank you for bringing Bunny Fluff to stay. A lovely owner and rabbit. I hope to see you again soon. Take care. X.
If you're in any way nervous of leaving your precious pets with a stranger then worry no longer with Julia. From the moment i made the enquiry she was very reassuring and understanding about any concerns and worries you may have. She allowed me to have a look at where the rabbits would stay and asked lots of useful questions for her records. She was very quick at responding to emails and during the actual stay I couldn't of asked for more. She kept in touch and sent lovely photos of my rabbits to show how they had settled in. She made sure they had the food and comforts they were used to which all helped with me feeling at ease. When I collected them they were sunning themselves in the run and fully relaxed. It was great to see how many other happy bunnies and guinea pigs there were too. Would not hesitate to recommend.
From Helen Willis on
We want to thank you for the excellent care you provided for Dexter. He has always been happy with you and got to know you so well. Your care and attention is clearly visible as he always returns to us content, calm and well looked after. Thank you for bailing us out when we needed you at short notice and all the lovely photos.
We recommend you highly to anyone looking for someone to care for and love their pet, like they do.
Thanks for the information about the new VHD vaccine...you got to us before the Vet !!ðŸ˜Š
Pam and Barry Cullen
From Pam and Barry Cullen on
We highly recommend Julia's pet boarding!
Julia is meticulous in checking all of the little details including times for daily feeds and vaccination records and makes sure that your pet's daily routine is disrupted as little as possible.
We loved receiving photos and an update of how our rabbits were getting on while we were on holiday. Our bunnies were treated to a whole variety of fresh veggies each day and they enjoyed spending all day in the runs.
Julia is really knowledgeable and her passion and enthusiasm for taking care of her guests shines through every time we visit.
We have always felt that our pets are in safe hands with Julia and our rabbits have always been content and relaxed when we returned to pick them up.
Thank you very much Julia!
From Keri and George Blanchard on
Thanks for looking after our two tortoises Mikey and Leo whilst we enjoyed our holiday. Tortoises can be a little tricky to care for and I was put at ease immediately knowing Julia had tortoises of her own. I was pleased to know that they spent the days outside in a safe and enclosed run and were then put back in the house at night safe and warm. We really appreciated the mid week update and photos, my son wasn't expecting this and he loved seeing them enjoying their holiday too.
Many thanks again, we'll be in touch for the next holiday.
From Shakira Hiron on
Thank you Julia for taking such good care of my daughter's rabbit, Pancakes, while we were on holiday. I was very impressed with the "admin" before our holiday, all very thorough and organised. The night hutches were clean and spacious as were the day runs. We loved receiving the email and photos midweek showing us how settled and happy Pancakes was with her holiday accommodation. Anyone looking for small pet boarding need look no further - Julia comes highly recommended.
From Jackie on
Beyond impressed with the service Julia provided for my bun, Ramona. This was the first time we had left her with non-family members so we were naturally a little bit anxious, but all of our questions were answered and Julia accommodated to her needs brilliantly. Ramona is partially sighted and is usually kept indoors, and the space that is set up for the rabbits at night is perfectly sheltered, safe and warm.
When we picked Ramona up after our holiday, she came home very relaxed and happy, and we even discovered she had a new favourite toy thanks to her stay (we immediately purchased a cat tunnel for her). We would definitely bring her back again if and when we next go away. Thank you Julia, and thank you for the dorkiest picture ever of my bunny - we love this!
From Jessi Hill on
Our precious bunnies Holly and Rowan and degus Tucah and Ricah had a wonderful holiday with Julia and we will definitely be booking up with her again. Julia is very friendly, organised and knowledgeable and while we were away she kept us informed with emails and photos as to how they were all doing. This was particularly reassuring as one of our bunnies is prone to colic and needed extra monitoring and potentially special care. The accommodation for rabbits is ideal with spacious indoor hutches and outdoor covered runs. Highly recommended!
From Krys Bailey on
Thank you very much for looking after my 2 guinea pigs tuff-t and jerry they clearly where very well looked after and I was very happy receiving the photos of them while in your care
From Poppy on
OUR GUINEAS, LOTTY AND BOOTS AND OUR HAMMY MILO STAYED HERE ON THEIR HOLIDAYS FOR JUST OVER 2 WEEKS....THEY HAD A FAB TIME AND WERE LOOKED AFTER VERY WELL AND IT WAS NICE TO HAVE CATCH UP EMAILS ON THEIR STAY.....WOULD RECOMMEND 100% VERY HELPFUL, KIND AND FRIENDLY.....HOME FROM HOME !!!!!!
From ALISON BROWN on
Just want to say a big thank you to Julia for taking such good care of our 2 long haired guinea pigs Itchy and Scratchy over the summer. Julia was very welcoming and was happy to show us around the accommodation that our guinea pigs would be staying in. All the hutches were very clean and all the animals had large runs to play in and were clearly very happy. Julia was very professional and asked lots of questions about how we wanted our guinea pigs to be looked after and their individual needs.
Having our guinea pigs boarding with Julia just took all the hassle out of going away. In previous years I have asked friends to look after them, but after having to go through all the aggravation of moving the hutch, run etc on the day before going away I realised this year that just dropping them off at Julia’s where she had excellent accommodation already waiting for them, was a far better option – she even emailed photos to us of the guinea pigs whilst we were away!
We will definitely be using Julia again for subsequent holidays and would recommend her to anyone.
Thanks again Julia.
From H Barnes on
Just to say a huge thank you for looking after Spike, Sooty and Sweep for the last 2 weeks. They have come home looking fantastic and well cared for as usual and very happy. I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for someonre to care for their pets whilst they are away. Thanks again Julia and see you next time x x
Full details will be given, but I am located on Miller Drive in Fareham, near Fareham leisure centre and the park.
Please contact me by e-mail or phone. I check my e-mail everyday, so will get back to you ASAP. Any viewing will need to be arranged by e-mail or phone. If you phone and nobody answers please leave a message with your name, number and why you are phoning. If you do not leave a message I cannot help you. Viewing is not compulsory and is completely up to you as to whether you would like to view first.
Opening times are:
Monday - Friday:
9.00am until 6.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday
9.00am - 12.00 (closed) open again: 3pm - 6.30pm.
I will now be closed over Christmas and new year. Between the 24th of December and the 2nd of January.
There are also a few weeks in September I am not available but please check with me first.