Overnight dog care in West Des Moines

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How it works

Skip the kennel

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

Flexible transportation

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

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 GWest Des 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, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Penny MWest Des 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, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Sarah DWest Des Moines, IA

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I have over nine years of experience walking my family’s Goldendoodle and have completed over 200 walks with Wag!. I look forward to meeting and walking your pup!

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Kelly RWest Des 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, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Laura SWest Des 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, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Lindsey RWest Des 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 SWest Des 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, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Renee PWest Des 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 LWest Des 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, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Traci WWest Des 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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Dog Boarding in West Des Moines

When dogs in West Des Moines and surrounding areas suffer abandonment, abuse, or neglect, there’s no shortage of dog lovers willing to step up to the plate and help out. There are a plethora of excellent animal rescue and welfare groups working in the area, headlined by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

As the state’s largest non-profit animal shelter, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa cares for thousands of pets each year. It serves people and pets across Iowa by offering pet adoptions, humane education, pet training, spay/neuter services, intervention in cases of animal cruelty, and much more.

The group receives no government funding and depends on donations from individuals and the corporate sector to keep caring for animals in need. With a mission to promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa is well worthy of recognition and support.

Forever Home Dog Rescue is also ready and willing to give unwanted and unloved dogs a second chance at life. This non-profit organization is committed to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals across central Iowa, mostly from high-kill shelters. Thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers, temporary foster carers, and local veterinarians, Forever Home Dog Rescue can save canines in need, give them the loving temporary care they require, and then match them with loving and responsible owners.

Founded at the start of 2014, this paw-some local group doesn’t receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations to survive. If you’re looking for a hardworking rescue group to support, keep this one in mind!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events West Des Moines

Iowa Dog Jog

48
Admission
$12.00

Month
September

Duration
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Iowa Dog Jog

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Get ready to pound the pavement to raise some funds for a very good cause at this paw-some annual event! The Iowa Dog Jog is a 4K and 2K run/walk designed for dog lovers and their canine companions. Held at Terra Park in Johnston, it sees scores of pet owners and their pooches get active in a social, relaxed setting. The route is scenic and you can complete the course at your own pace, and once the walk/run is over your furry friend can enjoy himself at the event’s pop-up dog park. Best of all, event proceeds benefit The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, the state’s largest non-profit animal shelter!

Pucks N' Paws

36
Admission
$10.00

Month
December

Duration
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pucks N' Paws

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If you think dogs and ice hockey are a match made in heaven, you’ll love Pucks N’ Paws! An initiative of the Iowa Wild and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, this grrr-eat night out allows you to take your four-legged friend along with you to watch the Iowa Wild in action. Dogs get in free with their humans, and must be leashed, at least six months old, and under your control at all times. There’s also a pet food drive on the night to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, so you and your pet can make a donation and go home feeling pretty good about yourselves.

Great Iowa Pet Expo

24
Admission
$8.00

Month
October

Duration
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun

Great Iowa Pet Expo

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Looking for an event that not only celebrates pets but also offers the latest and greatest products and advice for dog owners? Look no further than the Great Iowa Pet Expo, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in October! Pets are welcome and you and your pooch can enjoy flyball and stunt dog demos, pick up some free training trips, marvel at some entertaining canine contests, and access plenty of pet health advice from the experts. There’s even a yappy hour to benefit local rescue groups, so there’s no excuse not to grab your pooch and join the fun. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children aged six to 12. Best of all, pets and children aged five and under can get in for free!

ARL Trick AND Treat

12
Admission
FREE!

Month
October

Duration
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ARL Trick AND Treat

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Each October, in the leadup to Halloween, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa hosts a Howl-o-ween party especially for dogs! Guests of all ages are invited to dress their dog up in costume and then get on down to the Animal Rescue League Training Center for an afternoon of fun and games. You can capture memories in the photo booth, give your dog a chance to show off his best trick in return for tasty treats, buy discounted Halloween-themed pet toys and dog treats, and even have a pet photo taken by a professional photographer. And the best part of all? Admission is free for dogs and their humans!

Spooky Paws Parade

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Admission
FREE!

Month
October

Duration
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spooky Paws Parade

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Get ready for a spooky, scary, and furr-iffic event with your dog in the historic East Village. The Spooky Paws Parade is held at Halloween each year and gives you the paw-fect excuse (as if you needed one!) to dress your dog up in his or her cutest, most spine-tingling Halloween costume. There’s an adorable and extremely entertaining pet costume contest with some grrr-eat prizes, followed by a parade through the district. It’s paw-some to be a part of and free to participate in, but is just as much fun to watch if that’s what you and your pet prefer. Add it to your diary for the year ahead!