Help out at our pet boarding hotel for cats and dogs in British Columbia, Canada



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    Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, my husband John and I, Heather, own a mid-size pet boarding hotel (cats and dogs) for nearly 20 years now. In addition to our four-legged guests in the pet hotel, we also share our home with ten miniature schnauzers, two macaw parrots, two cockatoo parrots and three cute puppies. On the farmland surrounding our house, we have two alpacas, two sheep and a cow and her calf living here as well. We also own three horses of which two are rideable.

    We live within a 25 minute walking distance to the town of Armstrong. Our town has all the amenities of groceries, restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops. If you want more options drive 20 minutes to the city of Vernon or one hour to the city of Kelowna. The area we live in is called the North Okanagan which is home to many mountains, lakes, vineyards, natural hot springs and also biking, riding, and hiking trails. (see more information below)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are always keen to meet people from all over the world and get to know you and your culture. If you are willing to learn new things, we are more than happy to share our expertise in different fields with you.

    I, Heather, am a certified master dog groomer and lifetime member of the Canadian Kennel Club. We are breeding miniature Schnauzers and also show them.

    John has studied agriculture in Holland, is currently on local council and sits on agricultural boards in the area.

    Our pet hotel staff and we are always happy to help you to improve your English.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We start work in the pet hotel at 8:00 am each day, 7 days per week. There are set hours for the pet hotel each day with different tasks to be completed depending on the time of day. Also, of course, all other animals on the farm need to be cared for 7 days a week but time off work for each workaway is always a priority if some of the days were long.

    We are looking for general help to help care for the animals like feeding, grooming, walking, playing with, and of course, cleaning up after them.

    At the moment we are especially looking for someone to help with the horses. For this work, we would like you to be an intermediate rider to help us exercise and train the horses. The third horse is a 26 year old mare. She is in good shape, too, and it would be great if she could be taken for a walk once in a while and also be taken as a second horse on a rope for shorter tours. The horses are very kind and easy-going. The younger one is about 8 years old and still needs some training, the other mare is nearly 17 years old now and it would be great if she would be exercised as she is used to the English and Western riding style.

    The general work in and around the house and the yard depends strongly on the season, of course. We appreciate it if you give us a hand with basic cleaning in the house and also cooking in the evenings.
    During winter time, there is snow removal to be done and in the summer since all of our grounds are landscaped, there is gardening work to do. Also, we might have some outdoor projects to do like putting in the garden, building a rabbit hutch, upgrading the fences and re-roofing the kennel building and house.

    We always want to make sure that you have a great stay and experience as much of what’s typical Canadian as possible. So in addition to food and board, we love to invite you to hockey games, shows or any other type of activity. Also, any work exceeding 20 hours a week will be compensated fairly depending on your skills and expertise as well as the type of work. Monetary compensation will require a valid work permit.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We live in a three bedroom, three bathroom, two storey farmhouse on a few acres of land. The two guest bedrooms are on the second floor and one room has an attached toilet and sink. The main bath is located on the first floor. It has a shower, jetted tub, sink, and toilet that would be shared if we have more than one guest. We also share our home with the animals mentioned above and a piano so it can be a little loud.

    We love to have dinner together and if you are vegetarian or vegan, we absolutely respect your choice. We would just like to let you know that meat and dairy products are a big part of our diet. We own some ducks and chickens and use their eggs for our meals as well.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live just outside of a small town with bus service to two larger cities (Vernon and Salmon Arm, run a few times a day), close to shopping. The town of Armstrong has a swimming pool and some independent small businesses for shopping. Also there is a regional Hockey game every second week and during summer and autumn there are some local fairs, like the Pumpkin festival or rodeos.

    We are approximately 20 minutes (by car) from the city of Vernon where activities include movie theatres, bowling, shopping, swimming pools, and one hour (by car) to the larger center of Kelowna. There is an international airport located in the city of Kelowna. SilverStar mountain is one hour and a half away for winter sports and is accessible by car. There are also numerous lakes and trails for summer activities. Numerous hiking and riding trails are accessible from our back door.

    Don’t worry if bus services run sporadically, we always have a car here and can drop you off in Armstrong or Vernon if you want to go somewhere or visit someplace!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours

Workaway,s bathroom
One of our guest rooms.
Our living room.
Our living room.
One of our guest rooms.

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