Kates Kats and K9 Kare

Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Waikaka

62 Sandy Knowes Road
Gore 9775

Tel.  03 207 2555
0272 060 666
0275 451 277


“We kare when you kan't”

We are Kate and Ron Thornton and have been involved with cats and dogs and most other animals for our life time and since moving here to New Zealand in 2007 have established Kates Kats for the more discerning cat owners.

Now we have recently opened K9 Kare for those dogs whose owners are looking for a better experience.

We are situated on a small farm in Waikaka, just 15 minutes drive from the SH1.

Dogs    |    Cats    |    Fees

Our aim

Because we are small, we can give your cats and dogs that extra individual care and attention they deserve, forming a bond that makes their stay a happy and relaxed one.

We want you to feel completely assured and confident that your best friend will be understood and personally catered for.

However, there are some pets that are not able to cope with being away from their owners and we do all that we can to minimise any distress that they are experiencing.

It is our aim to return your cat or dog to you, happy and ready to visit us again.

We have many personal written recommendations from our clients who enjoy peace of mind when they are away.


We cater for large and small dogs and have a limited number of places for your little ones in our own home.

Our new Kennels have been carefully designed to ensure your dog’s comfort and hygiene are a priority.

The Kennels are well insulated and placed around a covered central court yard with views of the duck pond.

Each room has an enclosed raised bedroom with cosy bedding and will have thermostatically controlled heating for those colder times.

A welcome rawhide or beef bone helps your dog to settle in.

There are family size rooms for the giant breeds and those sharing when available.

Outside there is a grass paddock and paddling pool for short walks and large individual exercise pens which have anti dig and anti roll over fencing so your dog is kept safe and have unlimited use for plenty of fresh air and amusement.

We do let dogs play together when we are sure that it is safe to do so with owners permission.
Dogs are exercised out on leads most early mornings for 3kms when weather permitting.

Medications, grooming and hot showers are included and given when required.

We feed a quality dry food, Chunky roll and raw minced meat.

Biscuits at bed time.

Special diets can be provided by the owner.


Our cattery is bright and airy with rooms inside and out.

It is well insulated and situated away from the Kennels with views of the duck pond.

There are large individual carpeted pens with a bunk bed and duvet for your cat for when they first arrive and are feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed.

Cats can have their own bedding, litter tray, food and water before they join the other cats in their own time.

There are plenty of cosy sheepskin covered chairs and hideaways for the shy ones.

Outside there are high and low board walks around a sunny courtyard for sleep and exercise.

There are various activities for the young and adventurous and a quiet room for those who are not and would prefer to listen to music.

Medications and grooming are included when required.

We feed a choice of quality dry foods, tins and raw minced meat.

Special diets can be provided by the owner.

Our requirements

All dogs and cats must be fully vaccinated to include the duration of their stay.

A current vaccination certificate is to accompany all arrivals.

A broad spectrum wormer and flea treatment the week before admission for dogs and during the previous 3 months for cats.

Cats and kittens will be wormed if required at owner’s expense.

We do not board un-neutered male dogs.

Boarding fees

Charges are per day

Payment in advance if paying by bank transfer, or cash/cheque on collection.

We do not have Eftpos.

Dogs $15 -$24 Discounts for more than one dog sharing.
Cats $10 Discounts for multiple cats from the same family and stays over 14 days.


We look forward to meeting you and your pet so please come and visit us to discuss your requirements.

We are always here but please make an appointment to view so that we don't keep you waiting.

See you soon

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