We are pleased to announce that from May 1st 2018 we will be opening on Sundays between 4pm and 5pm for pick ups and drop offs only. 
Our NEW Refurbished Kennels are now in operation. We welcome inspections of our facilities and are proud of the level of accommodation we now offer our guests – Feel free to visit us Monday to Saturday between 10:30am and 3pm and we would be happy to show you around !



Year-Round Doggy Day Care and Cattery in Melbourne

Homestead Boarding, Training Kennels & Cattery is a family owned, multi-award winning dog boarding kennel, cattery and dog training facility. We are located just 25 minutes north-east of Melbourne CBD in the beautiful countryside of Wonga Park.

Our History

Homestead was established by Margaret and Rod Maruff in 1977 to provide a better class of care for Melbourne’s pets. Over the last 40 years, they have established a solid reputation for providing superior quality cattery and dog boarding facilities. A reputation enhanced by the genuine loving care and wonderful treatment your pets receive during their stay at Homestead’s cat and dog boarding kennels.

In 2017, Margaret and Rod decided it was time for some well-earned rest and recreation, retiring and leaving their legacy in the very capable hands of Scott Wendt and Tanya Kennedy. Scott and Tanya are excited about continuing the excellent standards of care at Homestead and the future looks just as bright as the past has been.

An Experienced, Dedicated Team

Scott and Tanya have more than 40 years of experience between them, ranging from dog training and veterinary nursing to animal behaviour studies. Their experience and expertise are augmented and supported by the amazing, committed staff at Homestead, all of whom are dedicated to making your pets feel like part of the extended family during their stay. That’s the Homestead difference.

We Love Melbourne and Melbourne Loves Us

We love being part of the Melbourne community, and the feeling is mutual. Many of our wonderful clients have been with us for almost forty years, and continue to refer their friends and family to us. It’s an honour to look after generations of pets for the same people and really get to know them. You can read our testimonials to get a feel for the sense of gratitude people feel knowing their pets are truly cared for at Homestead.

Our Services

Homestead offers a range of pet care services including:

  • Short and long-term dog boarding kennels and doggy day care
  • A specialised cattery for your feline friends
  • Accommodation for a range of other pets – just ask about yours and we’ll try to help
  • Dog training in obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, herding, and hunting
  • Cat and dog grooming including baths, nail cutting, brushing, and clipping
  • A pick-up and delivery ‘pet taxi’ service, available Monday to Friday
  • Emergency on-call vet services

At Homestead Kennels, our guest pets are our extended family and we love each and every one of them.

Whether you are boarding with us or just want your dog groomed, our groomers will make your pet shine.

Homestead Boarding & Training Kennels & Cattery has an extensive history of dog training since 1977.

Our Pickup & Delivery Service is available Monday to Friday between 6am and 8am

Yarrawon Russian Black Terrier

Since opening in 1977, we have been breeding and training award winning dogs.

Why stay at Homestead Kennels?

There are a number of reasons to choose Homestead for your furry friends. Some of the ways we rise above the competition include:

  • We are members of the Pet Association of Australia and the Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Homestead Kennels complies with the Victorian Government Code of Practice for Boarding Kennels. We are regularly inspected by the Local Council and have current compliance certificates.
  • We have over 40 years’ experience in dog boarding kennels, Cattery and dog training
  • Over the years, we have won numerous awards, including national awards for our dog boarding kennels and cattery
  • We have a reputation as a first-class pet boarding facility
  • We have large and secure outdoor exercise areas
  • We provide the highest-quality food available specific for your dog or cats well being and health. Royal Canin is the best money can buy ! – we feed your pets the same food as our own prize-winning dogs!
  • Special diets or fussy eaters are easily accommodated
  • Our cattery has relaxing, secure outdoor areas with plenty of toys
  • You can ask for our Gold Package with customised play times and extra walks
  • Our doggy day care, cattery and grounds are fully secured
  • All our qualified staff love animals and enjoy cuddles with our guests
  • We have a vast selection of “Breed Specific” foods available to ensure the condition and health of your dog or cat

Our Mission

At Homestead Kennels we are dedicated to providing high quality, first class and expert care for your pet. We will not compromise on health, safety or loving care.

Yarrawon Russian Black Terriers

One of the proudest achievements here at Homestead Kennels is in breeding our award winning Yarrawon Russian Black Terriers. And when people put years of their life into successfully breeding high quality dogs, you just know that your pets will be well looked after and loved during the time they board with us.

Get in Touch

 For more information on our dog training, cattery or dog kennels in Melbourne, check out our FAQ page. And feel free to call us on 03 9722 1202, complete our online enquiry form or make an online booking.