Donna, Jan and Dogs in Front of Kennels

Woodstock Kennels Dog Boarding

195 Morey Hill Road, Kingston, NY  12401


Ph: (845) 336-4587

Fax: (845) 336-5679


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Woodstock Kennels Dog Boarding was founded January 1, 2006 by Hudson Valley residents Jan van der Els and Donna Readler.  Please read the following to learn more about them:


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The kennels were a longtime dream of owners Donna Readler and Jan van der Els.  Donna was born and raised in Saugerties, and though Jan has been a local resident since 1993, he originally hails from the Netherlands.  Despite the fact that they come from different cultural backgrounds, they share one important thing in common:  a passionate enthusiasm for "man’s best friend". 

Having raised and cared for dogs most of their lives, the couple was inspired by their personal experiences to open their own boarding kennel. Prior to opening the kennel, Jan’s job with a multi-national company required him to be away from their Woodstock home for weeks or even months at a time.  A great deal of overseas travel was necessary for the couple to be able to spend time together, and along with each journey came the anxiety of arranging care for their three beloved dogs during their absence.  In the Readler-van der Els world, dogs are more than just pets--they are true members of the family.  For them, searching for dog care is a serious matter akin to finding good childcare.

The desire to return to a stable home life, as well as to do work which is personally fulfilling, lead to the idea of starting their own business.  The concept of opening a boarding kennel at their home resulted from the belief that they were not alone in their need for a place they could feel good about leaving their dogs.

The couple’s philosophy is that dogs cope better in a kenneling situation if they have fresh air and excercise, human contact, and a stable routine which they can count on from day to day. To this end, the kennels are located on seven wooded acres bordering state land and offer the advantage of a large fenced area where boarders are taken out several times a day for exercise, giving pet owners the feeling that their dogs are on vacation as much as they are themselves. The indoor kennels are used primarily as sleeping areas, with each dog having access to its own ample outdoor run during the day.  Consisting of only ten runs, the kennel is of a size which guarantees hands-on personal attention for each dog.

Those interested in more information about boarding are invited to phone (845) 336-4587.