Overnight dog care in Des Moines

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How it works

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Skip the kennel

Sittings take place at your home and boardings take place at your pet caregiver's home.

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Flexible transportation

All pet caregivers offer pick-up and drop-off for boarding services.

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Live updates

Your pet caregiver will send photos and videos throughout the service in addition to a thorough report card.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Holly GDes Moines, IA

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“Experienced with training and patient dog lover!”

I’ve been a lifelong dog lover, but my dedication to pups doesn’t just end there! I have over 14+ years of experience as a dog owner or handler. I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything! I’ve learned so much in the process, and getting to bring happiness to loving pups is always such an amazing experience.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Penny MDes Moines, IA

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“It's all about the fur babies big and small!”

My name is Penny Merta.  My love for animals began at a very early age. There hasn’t been a time in my life when pets weren’t a part of it. Pets are my passion! As a pet lover myself I understand the difficulty of finding someone who will care for your pets and respect your home. All pets are unique and deserve undivided attention.If you have a bored pooch and need daily dog walks, I will be there. I will not only treat your pets like my own, but I will ensure they are in good hands!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Kelly RDes Moines, IA

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“Caring and reliable dog whisperer”

I am a lover of dogs and enjoy keeping them healthy and happy through exercise and play. Being a dog owner the last 14 years has kept me active in Johnston on the sidewalks and trails. I want to help pet parents who may not have the time or energy to walk their own dog(s) or are going to be away from home. Experienced with dogs from xsmall to xxxl. By day I have a professional career that requires responsibility and organization while interacting with government officials across the US.

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Laura SDes Moines, IA

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“Who runs the world? Dogs.”

Hi all! My name is Laura and I’m currently a student at a local college here in Des Moines. I decided to give Wag! a try as it is something that can fit into my busy schedule, while keeping me active at the same time. I grew up around dogs, and I’ve always loved having the pups around :) I look forward to meeting and building a bond with your furry best friend!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Lindsey RDes Moines, IA

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I am a life long animal lover. I grew up in the country on a ranch in Washington state. I have had many dogs over the course of my life ranging in breeds from large to small. I am very organized and punctual and will make sure your pooches are well taken care of. I will always give them lots of loves and playtime!

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Jessica SDes Moines, IA

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I'm an animal enthusiast that loves dogs! I've been working with all sorts of animals since 2012 when I started volunteering for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. I've also been working at a boarding facility in Waukee, IA since 2013. I don't have any dogs myself (I actually have two cats), but I have worked with hundreds (if not thousands) of dogs throughout the past several years. I also do dog training as a little side hustle of mine.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Renee PDes Moines, IA

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Hello,My name is Renee. I am a dog mom of 2. Cat mom of 2. I am a lover of all animals volunteering from time to time at the Animal Rescue League. I have fostered, boarded, trained, and provided day care in my home for other dog parents. I am a former Special Education Teacher and Pre- K Teacher. I stepped away from teaching a few years ago to pursue other ventures. I am a writer and a musician. I would love the chance to meet your dog and provide much needed walks and enrichment while you are working or unable to do so yourself.

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Sydney LDes Moines, IA

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I have lived with dogs all my life and they will always have a special place in my heart! My family has owned all kinds of dogs, and I haven't met a dog I didn't like. My love for dogs extends even to those I meet for the first time regardless of their size or temperament. Right now I don't have a dog of my own, so I am ready to give your dog all of my attention and eagerly look forward to our walks!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Traci WDes Moines, IA

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Hey! I'm Traci. I have lived in the Des Moines area for about 20 years and am familiar with all sorts of dogs! I have volunteered for different organizations, training, fostering, bathing and walking! I love all dogs, big or small!

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Laura MDes Moines, IA

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Hi, I'm Laura! I live in DSM with my family and 2 dogs, Paisley (Newfoundland) and Bobo (Toy Poodle). I work from home and have a lifelong passion and love for all animals. I will treat your furbabies as if they are my own. Some other things that make me happy include attending Prince tribute concerts, BravoTV (guilty pleasure) and spending time with my family, just like every other mom.I’m very excited to be a part of Wag! and look forward to loving and caring for your pets.

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Dog Boarding in Des Moines

A nonprofit humane organization, Furry Friends Refuge is committed to assisting all animals in need throughout the larger Des Moines area. They offer a slew of services including adoption, spay, and neuter, and community outreach and education. The first no-kill organization in the Des Moines metro area, Furry Friends Refuge also partners with WestPet animal control to help with housing, reunification, and adoption programs for stray animals in the area. Furry Friends relies mostly on their dedicated volunteers and all donations go directly to the programs they provide the community.

Throughout the state of Iowa, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) serves animals and people with programs such as pet adoption, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, humane education and animal cruelty intervention. The ARL is completely reliant on volunteers and individual/corporate contributions to help care for its animal and provide their services. They’re committed to promoting animal welfare, strengthening the bond between animal and human, and preventing overpopulation.

The Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) is the only special needs, no-kill animal shelter in Central Iowa. With over 30 years of serving the area, they’ve rescued cats and dogs that are handicapped, injured, need serious medical attention, abused, pregnant, etc. They offer rehabilitation services for animals that have a higher risk of euthanasia in a traditional type of shelter and then help the animals find their furr-ever homes. The ALI is committed to reducing the number of special needs animals risk of being euthanized by providing care, shelter and facilitating positive long-term pet guardianship.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events Des Moines

Des Moines Farmer's Market

48
Admission
FREE!

Month
May

Duration
6 months

Des Moines Farmer's Market

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The Des Moines Farmer's Market is one of a kind with national recognition as one of the best farmer's market in the Midwest and the nation as a whole. Located in downtown Des Moines, the market boasts nearly 300 local entrepreneurs, connecting urban and rural communities alike. From farmers and producers to bakers and artists, the Des Moines Farmer's Market runs from the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday of October. The market welcomes leashed furry pals to browse the selection with their owners and maybe gets some treats along the way!

Iowa Dog Jog

36
Admission
FREE!

Month
September

Iowa Dog Jog

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Join hundreds of other dog enthusiasts and their furry best friends in a 2.5-mile fun run/walk, as you raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, caring and finding homes for thousands of animals across the state. After the jog, there will be plenty of play time for your pup to socialize with their newfound jogging friends at the pop-up dog park! Registration for humans is $25 and $15 for the dog. Be sure to keep an eye out for early registration prices! 

Dog Days of Summer at I-Cubs

24
Admission
FREE!

Month
August

Dog Days of Summer at I-Cubs

24

Batter up with your pup at the Iowa Cubs Dog Days of Summer. For a special day of the summer season, you can bring your best pal and cheer the Iowa Cubs on together. Dogs get in free with paid human admission and each dog will get a bandanna to show off their Iowa Cubs spirit. And don't forget to strike a pose for the puparazzi in the dog parade on the field before the game starts!

Yappy Hour

12
Admission
FREE!

Month
August

Yappy Hour

12

Wash off the stress from the day with a drink and some quality time with your pooch at the Des Moines Social Club's Yappy Hour! Bring your pup of any size or breed to enjoy some laughs and barks over drinks. The event is free and $1 from each drink sold will benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!  Be sure to keep your dogs leashed and under control. Unfortunately, no pooches in heat or pups under six months old are allowed. 

Pooch Paddle Dog Swim

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Admission
$5.00

Month
August

Pooch Paddle Dog Swim

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Celebrate one last summer splash at the Pooch Paddle Dog Swim! Your pup will have the opportunity to swim away the last days of summer before the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center closes for the season. On the day of the Pooch Paddle, there will be two different time slots based on dog size. Ket your pupper splash to his heart's content at this amazing canine event!