"I always notice my dog loves staying at Pender. She stays there often due to our job constraints." Jamie H. from VA (July 2013)

"We have been bringing our dog(s) to Pender Pet Retreat for at least 15 years. Knowing Bella (and before her Red) is in a safe and secure setting where she receives lots of attention and activity allows us to enjoy our vacation while she enjoys hers." Joi K. from Arlingtone, VA (July 2013)

"The staff is always friendly." Jennifer T. from South Riding, VA (July 2013)

"I called twice to check on Mosby, and the staff was very kind and patient with me. Mosby came home a happy puppy!" Paul P. from Centreville, VA (November 2012)

"I will have no problem taking my dog back any time. The service staff provides is super. Everybody was very nice at all times when we call to ask about Rex." Tanya R. from Centreville, VA (November 2012)

"Mike at the reception desk is amazing! Courteous, caring, attentive, every time! I love the report card."Ani C. from Chantilly, VA (March 2012)

"The dogs loved their stay at the `Howliday Inn`!"Christine A. from Herndon, VA (March 2012)

"The staff is absolutely, always courteous and helpful. Yes, there was adequate communication regarding my pet`s stay. I miscounted the medication and was called to get approval for more meds from the kennel vet."Jodi H. from Chantilly, VA (April 2012)

"My pets were very well cared for. The staff is always polite on the phone and accommodating to the dates I need. I have been boarding my dogs here for almost 20 years and never once have had to worry about them being safe and well cared for." Michael G. Leesburg, VA (March 2012)

"Always excellent care. Mayce has been there many times. She is always in fantastic care at Dulles Gateway. Mike and Dan are the best hosts to welcome you. During an unexpected illness in our family, Dan and Mike always said, `Bring Mayce here no matter how short the notice.` Mayce has been a regular visitor." Kathy S. Vienna, VA (April 2012)

"My dogs always come home happy. We`ve always been treated excellently." Bonnie P. from Oak Hill, VA (April 2012)

"After trying several kennels, we knew yours was the best when one of our dogs would cry to get out of the car â€" after we picked him up. Eight years later, we won`t send our dogs anywhere else." Erica H. from Sterling, VA (April 2012)

"You take great care of Pom and I love the doggie report card. The staff is very professional, seldom have to wait in line. Am medications were given per instructions and I am so grateful he can stay there with people who know his name!" Valerie G. from Great Falls, VA (April 2012)

"I have enjoyed bringing my dogs to you for years. The hugs the staff do with my Great Danes are priceless on the webcams." Clark C. from Great Falls, VA (January 2012)

"Very satisfied as usual." Beth T. from Reston, VA (February 2012)

"Always great. Treat you as a friend." Bob R. from Centreville, VA (February 2012)

"My dogs seem very happy after their stay. When I call to check on my pets, I always receive prompt feedback." Stacie S. from Centreville, VA (February 2012)

"Love the report card!" Jenny A. from Chantilly, VA (August 2011)

"The best! "Linda A. from Fairfax, VA (November 2011)

"Always with peace of mind do we leave our pets with you. No hesitation to leave our bull terriers with you. The staff is always courteous, helpful, and professional! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks! "Marie C. from Herndon, VA (December 2011)

"Lovely accommodations. Staff is always pleasant and helpful. I really like the report card." Gwen F. from Fairfax, VA(December 2011)

"Whenever I bring my dogs, they bound in and don`t even look back. It`s like they are back to see their friends. It is nice that they (the staff) remember you, and even more importantly, your pets." Pamela W. from Alexandria, VA (September 2011)

"This is the best resort for my 3 dogs." Mary from Oakton, VA (September 2011)

"Thanks so much for the excellent care!" Michelle from Fairfax, VA (October 2011)

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Pender Pet Retreat

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Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday: 7am-7pm
Saturday: 7am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Home of the
Pampered Puppy Program


Pender Pet Retreat is conveniently located in Chantilly, Virginia, near the Dulles Airport.  Our animal care center aims to have your pets feeling right at home while you’re away. Our canine and feline guests are housed in the most comfortable quarters, complete with multi-room abodes, play areas, charming views and the latest technological gadgets that enable you to check in with your pet throughout your trip. 

Services at Pender Pet Retreat

At Pender Pet Retreat, we are different than other animal care centers that just board pets; our accommodations are completely customizable depending on the needs of your pet.  Your pet will receive one-on-one attention from our highly trained attendants and if your pet needs medical attention we have a veterinary clinic on site.  We have all the bases covered to ensure that your pet has a great vacation while you are away; hopefully on a vacation of your own! 

Pampered Puppy Program

Our most popular offering!  This comprehensive program was developed for clients who want their dogs to enjoy more personal interaction throughout the day and for dogs who are more active.  We offer this package at a discount to the individual services; included in the package are three exercise periods during the day (Morning Playschool, Afternoon Nature Trail Hike, and Bedtime Exercise) along with super soft, lambswool bedding in your pet's sleep area and your choice of daily low calorie treat or hypoallegenic treat.   

Afternoon Nature Trail Hike

A leisurely stroll on one of our long wooded trails.  You will receive a photo of your pet with one of our friendly attendants.  

Bathing/Nail trims

Going for a spa vacation? Your pet can too! We'll clean, trim, and help your pet look and smell great; services are available individually or with our money saving Spa Package.

Bedtime Exercise and Snack

This gives your dog an extra time outside just before bed to receive a frozen yogurt treat or low-calorie biscuit treat.  Our on-site tenant will also provide some personal time and care by tucking your pet in for a good night's sleep.

Best Buddies

Does your pet love to romp and play with other dogs?  Best Buddies is supervised, off lead, play with your pet and another guest who is similar in size and in temperament. 


We prefer to think of it as "lodging" with us, and treat each of the pets in our lodging facility as welcome guests. Pender Pet Retreat offers a choice of accommodations, services, exercise programs, pampering and more to maximize the comfort level of your pet's stay.

Chauffeur Service

We offer pet pick up and delivery service to and from Dulles Airport as well as to and from your home. So if you running tight on time – give us a call!

Daily Treat

Spoil your pet with a daily treat; we offer your choice of a low-calorie biscuit or hypoallegenic treat.  

Day Care

Hate leaving your furry friend at home when you go to work, shopping, or on a day trip?  Drop her off with us for a day of relaxation.  While she's here she will have the option to have play time,  to be pampered with our Spa Package, or both!  We have pets joining us for day care one day a week all the way up to five days a week, every week! 

Morning Playschool

Playschool is an intense off-leash playing and exercising program for dogs in a large fenced-in-area with a kennel assistant.  We do not exercise dogs together during playschool; if your pup likes to play with others check out our Best Buddies program where your dog is paired with another dog for some fun and excitement.      

Obedience Training

Let our trainer do the work for you at the Pet Retreat while you are away!  Our experienced dog trainer will work with your dog one-on-one in 45 minute custom training sessions tailored to you and your dog's needs.  Excercise, play, and treats included. Private lessons with you and your dog are also available if you would like to learn along-side your furry friend.  

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services are available.  See the Pender Veterinary Centre at Dulles Gateway page for details.

Information and Online Forms

Web Cams for our Executive Suite Guests