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Forest Pet Services

Woodlea Park Lane Marchwood
SO40 4WL

Tel: 02380 871008

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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: RabbitsGuinea PigsBirdsReptilesHamsters, Mice etc.

***Sorry we are fully booked for August 2019 but spaces available for remainder of year and Christmas/New Year ***

I run a friendly and professional insured and licensed pet care family company based in a peaceful semi rural area of Marchwood. We are near the lovely New Forest and a short drive from central Southampton with easy main road access. I have over 30 years' personal experience of pet ownership and care.

Forest Pet Services has been in business since 2009 and over 50% of our business now arrives via word of mouth and repeat business.

I have personal experience of owning or boarding all sorts of pets from stick insects, guinea pigs, hamsters, fancy rats, degus, chinchillas, gerbils, fish, parrots and geckos to ducks and chickens.

I work to an ethical code of conduct and am fully insured, checked and licensed.


Large detached house with private safe, quiet, airy, light centrally heated designated boarding room and peaceful garden for all kinds of caged pet boarding. Smoke and heat alarms throughout. Non smoking. Easy access for drop offs and collection.

Large windows looking across garden for parrots and other pets in safe quiet room with all facilities.

Large secure garden with outdoor runs on grass available for guinea pigs and small rabbits during good weather.

Large custom built indoor guinea pig hutches/runs available to borrow (minimum size 5ft x 2ft x 2ft for a pair of guinea pigs; 6ft x 2ft x 2ft for small rabbits or trios of guinea pigs). 2 x outdoor guinea pig hutches 5ft x 2ft x 2ft. Outdoor garden runs for each guinea pig family.

Rats, hamsters, degus etc - please bring your own cage as they are happiest in their familiar cage.

Parrots - please bring a holiday cage for your parrot's initial stays with us as it helps them settle in.

We do have a large secure parrot cage to borrow for previous clients.


We will ask you to complete a short, once-time only registration form which details everything about your pet's individual exercise and handling requirements and it goes without saying, will do everything we can to ensure they have a good 'home from home' experience while staying with us.

Your pets will be handled and exercised as often as they are used to and according to your requirements. We enjoy providing playtime and toys for pets as required.

Parrots - We are experienced with parrot care and will follow your parrot's usual routine as much as possible, including toys, food, attention, and time out of cage (only if authorised by you).

Health & Hygiene:

We have good links with local vets including a guinea pig specialist and exotic pet specialist.

Only pet-safe and species specific cleaning products are used to clean cages, hutches and equipment.

We are aware of the special environmental requirements for types of pets sensitive to smell or particular products and boarders will be cared for appropriately.

If boarding at the same time as other birds, parrots need to have had either a negative test for Psittacosis, or a pre boarding vet health check, from an avian vet to comply with our boarding regulations.

Rabbits need to be up to date with yearly vaccinations and present with a copy of their vet vaccination card.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

Home boarding of caged pets is priced according to your specific requirements but the following is a general guideline:-

Small furries eg rats, hamsters, gerbils, degus etc: £3-£5 per indoor cage per day depending on numbers & requirements. Please bring your pet's own holiday cage as they will stay in our designated pet boarding room.

Guinea pigs - £6 per pair/+£1 per extra pig, per day depending on requirements. High quality indoor or outdoor accommodation available. Use of outdoor runs on grass during good weather. Designated indoor pet boarding room available for indoor or shy piggies or during colder months.

Indoor rabbits - £7 per day first rabbit (please ask for price for multiples). Large indoor hutches with supervised extra exercise time for hand tame rabbits.

Degus, chinchillas - £5 per cage per day depending on requirements (please bring their own cage)

Parrots £7-10 per day depending on size, length of stay & individual requirements. We do have a high quality cage available for use by regular clients if wished. Please bring own cage for new clients or shyer birds.

Other birds £5-£7 per day depending on requirements

Lizards £3-£5 per tank per day

Tortoises - £5 each per day. In summer we have outdoor runs available and we can provide an overnight/cool weather indoor enclosure.

Other reptiles, or mammals - please ask for quote

Small deposit required at time of booking with balance due on or before the first day of boarding.

Bank Holidays - a 50% surcharge applies to Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Cancellations accepted up to 7 days prior to boarding without extra penalty except for loss of your deposit.

Discretionary discount available for 'multiple pet' bookings and stays in excess of 2 weeks.

Payment accepted - cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Other Services

Services: GroomingClaw Clipping

Pet supplies - food, bedding, toys, boredom breakers can be provided if wished - please ask for details.

We can offer a claw clip/groom/bath for guinea pigs if desired. A small extra charge may apply for this service.

Cage/pet transport to and from your home is often possible locally and in Southampton area, for a fuel charge - please ask for details.

Day boarding available - please ask for details.

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We will home board from any area if the owner is willing to travel to us to deliver and collect their pet. We can collect and deliver pets and cages within the local area for a small charge. We are based in Marchwood near the New Forest, about 5 miles west of central Southampton and the nearest main road is the A326. Please contact us for directions on how to find us.

Open Hours

9am-8pm for telephone calls or home visits. Please leave an answerphone message if no one is available to take your call and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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