Boarding your pets requires the careful investigation of your boarding options and the collection of recommendations from friends, family, and fellow pet owners. However, it’s important to remember that in the large majority of U.S. states, pet boarding facilities are almost completely unregulated. While the American Kennel Club and other organizations have built a strong set of guidelines for boarding facilities, it is completely up to the owners whether to follow them or not. Facilities must meet building codes and safety regulations. But in most states, enclosure sizes, frequency of walks, safety measures for pets, and employee training standards are not closely monitored or required considerations. In other words, how your pet is treated while staying in a boarding facility is determined almost entirely by the staff of that facility. This is why it is critical to conduct an on-site visit to inspect the facility for yourself and to speak with employees to get a feel for how your animals will be treated in your absence. There is no substitute for thorough research when it comes to the health and safety of your pets.