We proudly serve the Montreal region straight through to Eastern Ontario! Always providing quality care for all your boarding and grooming needs. We boast a strong history of continuous operation for some 40 years and our solid commitment to the well-being of the pets in our care ensures safety, comfort and fun for all involved!
"We promise pet owners full disclosure of all circumstances related to their pet's stay with us. We will work with you to ensure the most positive experience for your pet, and the least worrisome separation for you."
- Bill & Maria
Maria and I always had a passion for dogs and longed to leave our corporate lifestyle. In 1995 we seized on the opportunity to become business partners in what was then called Brighton Kennels. In January 2000 our partners retired and Possumplace Kennels was born. Named after our first Golden Retriever Possum, assuring that long after we are gone, Possum's memory will live on.
Meet our awesome team!
Bill & Maria Markush
Maria and Bill always had a passion for animals, that shared passion led them to marriage 26 years ago. In 1995 the opportunity arose for them to leave the corporate world and embrace their dream. Here they are 21 years later still loving it.
Monica joined our team as our first hire in 1997. Nicknamed by her co-teammates as "Stealth" Monica just gets it done. Over the years she has become an undeniable extension of ourselves.
Caitlin joined our team in 2012 after completing her coop program through Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute. She loves spoiling and caring for our campers and their families.
Mike St. Laurent
The Possumplace Experience
Every boarding experience includes the following services and amenities:
Environment offered to our boarders:
We encourage socialization and play amongst our boarders and staff, however we do not train nor discipline our boarders.
Please give us a call - we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please note that we've got a full house during peak periods, you can never book too early.
We offer customized services such as geriatric care and in-home boarding. "Uncle Bill's Doggy Bus Ride" service is offered Monday through Friday mornings. We are equipped to administer medications, have 24 hour veterinary services on-call, and understand individual dietary requirements. We require that all boarders be up to date on the following vaccinations - for cats: Rabies, Panleucopenia, Calici Virus and Rhinotracheitis For dogs: Rabies, Basic (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) and Leptospirosis. Please contact your veterinarian to authorize the release of your pet's vaccination records to us.
Daily Boarding Rates
Daily Rate - $22.00
At Possumplace Kennels we are proud to feed IAMS and Eukanuba. Upon request, dry food is mixed with our secret recipe (available on request from Bill), "Possumplace Tailgate Stew". Indoor dog runs are sanitized daily. Outdoor dog runs are sanitized daily frequently.
Daily Rate - $17.00
Includes: Food, blankets, toys, cat litter, administration of medications, administration of special diets. Cat runs are sanitized daily. We are proud to feed IAMS Adult Original.
Daily Rate - $34.00
Although still in the kennel, boarders are given more roaming freedom and separated from the noise and bustle of main stream boarders. We offer an individualized mix of play, buddy time, rest and human interaction. Often includes early morning visits to our kitchen to share Uncle Bill's early morning toast and coffee. (ok, not the coffee.)
Ideal for older, less active dogs requiring monitoring or recuperation. This is also where dogs requiring injections and close medical monitoring are kept.
Daily Rate - $46.00
For the pampered pet. Dogs are welcomed into the home of Bill, Maria and their pets. Boarders are encouraged to make themselves at home and pester Uncle Bill. All rates are + H.S.T.
Bathing & Grooming
Rates are dependent on breed, temperament, and coat condition. This service can be scheduled as part of your pet's stay, or as a one-day appointment. All rates are + H.S.T.
Exercise + Playtime
Structured daily playtime is always included in your boarding rate.
30 Minute Swim
One time fee - $65.00
Salt water pool w/Uncle Bill & Auntie Maria!
(includes brush out and blow dry) All rates are + H.S.T.
We have "on-call" veterinary services, available 24/7 should your pet require veterinary service during their stay. Veterinary and transport fees will apply.
All our boarders are fed either IAMS or UKANUBA with Uncle Bill's renowned tailgate stew (included in board rate), if your pet requires a specific diet then we ask you to provide it and we will be happy to feed it.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick Up + Delivery rates are as follows, all rates are + H.S.T.:
*Note... There will be no pickup and deliveries January 15 to February 2, 2018. (Uncle Bill will be recharging his batteries.)
(We thank you!)
Reviewed Possumplace Kennels Inc.
"Possumplace Kennles is the only place I would leave my beloved dog King. I know that when I go on vacation and leave my dog in the hands of Bill and Maria Markush he will be safe and loved. Beaconsfield, Que. Rudolf and Edith Popradi"
From: Barbara Ellen
Date: July 29, 2016
Hi Bill and Maria, I hope you will put my testimonial on your website. I can never speak highly enough of your kennel and your staff.
My successive dogs have been spending time in camp at Possumplace Kennels since it’s inception. Rufus was just 10 weeks old when he first experienced the wonderful care of all their staff. I was a little worried about sending such a young puppy there, so he
became a guest in Bill and Maria’s house, where he was allowed to sleep with them and all their dogs on the bed.
Since then he’s been back several times a year and is always happy to see Bill and to jump into his crate in the limo. And that’s not easy for him since he’s been a tripod for almost 7 years. (amputee).
The kennel has always been spotless, and the dogs receive TLC and plenty of exercise. The staff is always careful to match them with a dog of similar energy and temperament. Rufus must take heart medication and an anti-inflammatory daily, and Bill is always mindful
of this responsibility. He will never hesitate to take a dog to the vet whenever there is a problem. And the grooming is top-notch.
This is a wonderful kennel.
War N De B
Reviewed Possumplace Kennels Inc.
"We had to transport 4 dogs and 1 cat from Canada to Australia. As we had left prior to their departure we had them stay at Possumplace Kennels for 17 days. During this time Bill took our cat to the vet on two occasions and all 5 animals to the vet on a separate occasion willingly. Our animals are very attached to us and had little outside contact. We were concerned that they may not do well with other humans. Possumplace made them feel at home and comfortable so they settled in quickly. They completed all necessary requirements to enable them to fly to Australia. We highly recommend Possumplace Kennels to anybody who has a cat or dog that requires their service. We are grateful beyond words for what they have done for us. They deserve 10 stars."
From: Margaret Dolan
Date: September 18, 2016
Hi Bill & Maria, Ian and I would like to thank you and your team for the exceptional care and love you gave to Molly. We wish you every success in the future
Love Margaret & Ian xx
Photos of our special guests and our team at work!
Local missions and services that are close to our hearts.
"Turning Sad Tales Into Happy Tails"
Gerry's is a small, Montreal-based grass-roots group, headed by an experienced animal rescue and placement person. Our mission is to find new homes for the abandoned and homeless cats and dogs that find their way to us. Please download the PDF version of our pamphlet by clicking here, or click the link to see our site! http://www.gerdysrescue.org/
"Connecting Lives, Sharing Cultures"
AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
"For I was hungry and You fed me"
Whether it’s providing emergency shelter, a hot meal, or a food pack for an individual or family, Windsor Downtown Mission is here with a message of hope through faith and caring. The Downtown Mission exists as a Place of Sanctuary. In response to the mandate of the Gospel, through outreach we provide: food for the body, nurture for the spirit, shelter for the homeless, advocacy for the impoverished, and opportunity for human growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
Please feel free to send us any questions if they are not answered here!
Question: Are the dogs kept in cages all day?
Answer: Our dogs are inside to eat and sleep only. 30 minutes for breakfast and 1 hour for dinner, then at bedtime around10:30 pm. The rest of the time they are in their outdoor covered run with their buddy or in the play field. Essentially your dogs are outside from 7 am till 10:30 pm.
Question: How big is the sleeping area and the out door run?
Answer: The individual indoor runs for eating and sleeping are 36 sq feet. The outdoor runs which are shared with one buddy are120 sq feet, they are fully covered and have 32 sq ft skylights and ventilation fans. The play fields are approximately 1 acre each.
Question: How much human contact will my dog get?
Answer: We are a very social kennel. Obviously we need to touch our dogs to let them in and out at the beginning and end of day, for meals,we do walkabouts every 30 minutes to check on our dogs while they are in the outdoor runs,our mid day scoop is done while our dogs are in their runs, all our dogs are brought to the grooming room for brushing , nail clipping, ear and eye cleaning at least twice during their stay. Supervised group playtime runs from10 am till 4 pm ,7 days per week.
Question: Will my dog be dirty when he comes home?
Answer: All our boarders partake in our maintenance program which is done at arrival day, departure day, weekly, and if other occasions necessitate it. Maintenance regimen is listed below. Ears and eyes are cleaned, they are brushed,a coat conditioner is applied, feet are trimmed,we attempt to clip nails ( positive experience only, we do not use muzzles), they are weighed.
Question: Why won't you muzzle to clip nails?
Answer: Did your favourite Aunt and Uncle force you to do something you didn't want to do?
Question: Why weigh the dogs?Answer: When you see a dog all day,every day, it is harder to notice weight gain/loss, especially for longer stays. Weigh in and weekly weigh ins help us adjust the feedings to keep our boarders at their optimal weight.
Question: What if it is too cold/hot outside?
Answer: The indoor portion of the kennel is equipped with central air conditioning and heating. Our outdoor runs are equipped with roof mounted ventilation fans to circulate the outside air. Our outdoor runs have thermometers to help us monitor temperature. If any dog seems uncomfortable in the summer we bring them in where it is nice and cool, once comfy we bring them back out. Conversely in winter the outdoor run walls are covered with a layer of builders plastic, insulation and another layer of builders plastic. This prevents wind and snow from entering the runs while still permitting light in. Again, if any dog looks cold when we do our 30 minute walkabout we bring them in to warm up.
Question: When do the dogs eat and get water?
Answer: Brekkie is 8 ish, dindin is 5 ish, there is fresh water in the outdoor runs and play fields all day long.
Question: How often is water changed?
Answer: Water dumped and refilled daily, buckets washed and changed every 3 days, or when a new boarder arrives ( whichever comes first). Caveat- Uncle Bill's water policy " if i won't drink it neither should my dogs"
Question: Why the 30 minute walk-around?
Answer: We walk around all our outdoor runs to maintain the following standard, clean drinking water, clean blanket, good stool condition, regular temperament of our boarders, temperature in runs, if any of these items is not to our comfort level we correct it.
Question: What if my dog needs veterinary care while boarding?
Answer: We have a vet on call 24/7, i have bills from Christmas day to prove it!
Question: When you pick up and deliver are the dogs loose in the van?
Answer: NO, every dog is transported in the appropriate sized vari-kennel . This is for their safety.
Question: Does it get hot/cold in the back of the van with all the dogs?
Answer: No, the van is equipped with rear heating and air conditioning.
Question: Why do you require a confirmation call from our home to deliver back?
Answer: We understand that things happen when travelling, we need to know you are actually back home, that way I wont be schlepping your dog home and then back. A text or cell phone call from the airport just wont do.
Question: What if we arrive at 2 am?
Answer: Call us and leave a message on our machine, otherwise I will be waking you up at 7 am with my morning call only to tell you that I won't be there till 11 am.
Question: Why is payment at departure?
Answer: We are caring for a treasured member of your family nuff said.
Question: What form of payment do you accept?
Answer: Cash or check only.
Question: Your rates are per calendar day, what does that mean?
Answer: You are charged for the day your dog or cat arrives and leaves regardless of time of day. IE. Arrives Monday ( any time of day), and, leaves Tuesday (any time of day), you are charged for 2 calendar days + H.S.T.
Question: Why is the tax 13%?
Answer: Our side of the street is Ontario, hence we charge HST
Question: Did you build this amazing website and Facebook page?
Answer: Heavens no! I'm too busy with the dogs to figure this stuff out! This site was built by an amazing young client of ours. Many thanks to Joel & Günnar @Ideas2market - so proud of them :)