Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding in
Bristol & Bath
We are the alternative to kennels in Bristol, Yatton,
Congresbury, Nailsea, Chew Valley, Clutton, Chipping Sodbury, Frampton Cotterell,
Alveston, Filton, Chewton, Keynsham, Bitton, Portishead, Fishponds, Coombe Dingle.
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Bristol & Bath
We are a loving alternative to kennels in
Bristol, Yatton, Congresbury, Nailsea, Chew Valley, Clutton, Chipping Sodbury, Frampton Cotterell, Alveston, Filton, Chewton, Keynsham, Bitton, Portishead, Fishponds, Coombe Dingle.

PetStay Bristol & Bath Branch

Hi, my name is Fran and I am the owner of the Bristol & Bath Branch of PetStay. I live on the outskirts of Bristol with my Husband, two children and our beautiful Springer Spaniel called Sansa. Before owning the franchise I was a PetStay Carer. When introduced to PetStay I loved the concept of how it worked and this is what attracted me to become a carer. It is so important to give Dogs a home from home experience to minimise disruption and show them that they are still loved when their owners need a well deserved break. This means that not only can the dog have a stress free break but the owners can have a worry free time away, knowing that their dog is in a loving home, being looked after just as they deserve.

Why Choose PetStay Bristol & Bath

PetStay Bristol & Bath covers postcodes BS1 through to BS49 and BA1 & 2 and some parts of BA3. We have carers with or without Dogs so we will match you to the family that best suits your needs. You will always have an introductory meeting with the family chosen so you will be assured that your Dog is in the best hands. The benefits of home boarding are that we are able to follow routines you already have in place ie walks, feeding, sleeping and exercise. Your Dog/s will be welcomed as part of the family including lots of playtime and cuddles. We do not mix dogs from different families so you can be assured that only your Dog/s will be staying within that household. All of the carers hold a home boarding licence and are fully insured.

How it Works

We love to get as much information as we can from you on your Dog/s so we can match you to the perfect carer. The next step is to arrange a meeting with the chosen carer to make sure everyone is happy. Once you have had your meeting and are ready to proceed I will talk you through the booking process and make sure you know all that you need to take to your Dogs chosen holiday home like not forgetting their favourite toy for instance or brush if your dog requires grooming.

Fran - PetStay Bristol & Bath

Become a Carer

I’d love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a dog carer. All that we require is that you love dogs (you can have your own dog) you are at home during the day, have no young children or grandchildren and have a secure garden. So if you would like to become part of the PetStay team by offering a loving home for someone else’s dog then please get in touch.

Fran, PetStay Bristol & Bath Branch

Contact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the Bristol & Bath area, please get in touch using the details below.
The Good Dog Guide


Tel: 0117 287 2194

Mobile: 07802 342216

Email: fran@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the Bristol & Bath Area:

Including Postcodes: BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6, BS7, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS13, BS14, BS15, BS16, BS20, BS21, BS30, BS31, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37, BS39, BS40, BS41, BS48 & BS49

In Bath we cover: BA1 & BA2 Bath South & North of the Avon
Parts of BA3 including Radstock, Midsomer Norton

Are you worried about leaving your dog in kennels? Have you ever considered a dog sitting or home boarding service in Bristol or Bath?

At PetStay Bristol & Bath we’ve carefully selected many caring and affectionate people who will care for your dog while you’re away on holiday. Our dog sitters in Bristol who are all fully licensed (if required by the local council) and insured provide a far better experience for your dogs than kennels because we provide a home from home environment, a real alternative to kennels.

Here at PetStay Bristol & Bath we offer an outstanding dog sitting service to families who would prefer to have the peace of mind that their dogs are happy and settled in a loving environment whilst they are away on holiday.

We will pair your dog with a suitable loving carer who will ensure that your dog will receive home from home care and won’t miss out on any home comforts they are used to. Our carer will match your dog’s daily routine to ensure they remain as settled as possible.

Since 2005 PetStay have gained an excellent reputation for providing a dog home boarding service second to none, far removed from the experience of traditional dog boarding kennels. PetStay Bristol & Bath are now becoming known as your local dog sitters.

Home Boarding for Dogs

Home Dog Boarding

  • Your dog/s stay in one of our loving carers’ homes
  • Meet your carer before you book
  • Kinder and less stressful for your dog
  • All routines kept
  • We don’t mix different dogs together
  • We don’t walk your dog/s off the lead
  • All our carers are licensed by the local council (if required)
  • Carers are fully insured and vetted
  • We are recommended by vets and our many, many customers

Our Prices

1 Dog £22.00 a day
2 Dogs £32.50 a day
3 Dogs £42.50 a day

Prices above are per day, or part thereof, except Bank Holidays. For more information regarding those rates, please contact us.

Here are the few simple stages of booking with PetStay.

1st: Ring or email your local branch to discuss your dogs requirements and dates.
2nd: We will explain all about PetStay and what your next steps would be.
3rd: We then take all details about your dog and then match them to the most suitable carer.
4th: A meeting will be organised for you and your dog to meet the carer.
5th: If you are 100% happy with your carer you would then be ready to book with PetStay.
6th: No later than 5 days after your initial meeting, complete our on-line booking form and pay the booking fee.
7th: An email confirmation will be sent to you.
8th: You’re all booked in and don’t have to worry about anything.
9th: When you drop your dog/s off for their holiday you then pay the remaining balance to the carer.
10th: Go away with complete peace of mind and have a wonderful holiday.

Become a PetStay Carer

So you want to work with dogs and be home based?
Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to work from home and be able to work with animals? If you’re a dog lover and want to have a flexible, home based job that lets you work with dogs, then maybe you will love being one of our carers looking after dogs in your own home.

Earn from £91 to £210 per week

Please call Fran for more information and an informal chat

Carers Walking Dog

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a PetStay Carer

What are the requirements of becoming a carer?

You must be a genuine dog lover, have experience of looking after dogs and you need to be home during the day so you have plenty of time to give to the dogs you are caring for. You must have a secure garden and agree to abide by PetStay guidelines. You are allowed to have a dog of your own as long as your dog gets on with other dogs.

How are your carers vetted?

If you meet all the requirements listed above, we will come and visit you at your home. We will check the security of the garden, explain PetStay procedures and show you the guidelines each carer needs to follow. If you are happy with everything and we feel you would make a suitable PetStay carer, we would follow up a reference and arrange public liability insurance for you.

Do I need to be licensed?

If you are successful then you would apply to the council for a home boarding licence (if required by the local council), we can help you with this, it is a straight forward process.

How many dogs can I look after?

Our service is on a one-to-one basis, so only dogs from the same household will stay with you. You are allowed to take up to three dogs from the same household, BUT you choose what you are happy with. We will ask you how many dogs you would like to look after and what sized dog/s you would be happy to care for.

Do I have to provide the food?

No, the owner will bring any food or treats for the duration of the stay. Any toys, bedding, medication and leads will also be brought.

Does the dog/s have to be vaccinated?

Yes each dog MUST have up to date vaccinations, have been wormed and treated for fleas. Proof of the vaccinations will be brought to the meeting and shown to you.

What about walking the dogs?

All dogs should be taken out each day for walks. When you have your meeting with the owners all routines, including the number and length of walks, will be discussed. The dog is only ever walked on a lead.

What if the dog becomes ill?

We/you would endeavour to contact the owner or the emergency contact. The owner or the emergency contact would be liable for any expenses incurred in taking the dog to the vet.

How am I paid?

Your fee is paid as the dog is dropped off. This is a self-employed home-based position, is very flexible and fits around your lifestyle.

What happens next?

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please ring us for an informal chat and ask any questions or email us with your details and we will come back to you. You can also use the contact form on the ‘contact us’ tab. If we feel you are suitable we would then arrange to visit you at home.

Apply to be a carer

Please fill in the details below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Reviews



We were away for 7 days on January and we left our poodle Spike with Kirsty, one of the carers of PetStay. He was very happy and when we pick him up all the family was very fond on him already. He has used PetStay several times and we have been always very happy. We will repeat again.

January 2018



Poppy had a lovely 4 days with Carolyn. This was her first time away from home and she returned completely unstressed!

January 2018

Bristol-Stella & Woody

Stella & Woody

“Our 2 dogs stayed for 2 weeks. They immediately felt at home and clearly liked the carers. The carers listened very carefully to our comments about the dogs. When we returned, both dogs looked happy, healthy and groomed”.

August 2017



Our timid Cavalier Lara has always been a very needy little dog, therefore always a huge worry for me when I need to find a sitter for her when we go on holiday. This was our third time with PetStay and first with the Bristol branch. The carers Fran matched us with were at quite a drive from our town for the first visit, however I must mention I contacted Fran with a very short notice. The drive was absolutely worth it- When we met lovely Jean and John, I almost immediately knew they will be the perfect family for Lara while we were on holiday, and that I will have a complete peace of mind that she is well looked after and happy! Jean and John asked all the questions, with a very personalised care and made sure I was sent regular updates with pictures. When we came back we found a very happy and calm dog, which was a clear indication she’s had a completely stress free experience! I would love to use the same carer again for our next holiday!

August 2017



We went on Holiday in June 2017 and Poppy went to stay with Fran Walters and her family. We had a great time knowing that poppy was being treated like one of the family. We came home to a happy and content dog. Would recommend this service for anyone wanting to leave their beloved family pet with a loving and caring family. I am sure Poppy had a great time with Fran’s dog Sansa.

June 2017



I would definitely recommend Petstay in Bristol after my lovely sprocker spaniel had a 5 day stay / holiday with Fran and her family (and Sansa of course). Fran really wanted to know the needs of my dog from food, sleeping habits and likes and dislikes – I left knowing that Hennessy would be in good hands and that she would be made to feel part of the family. I had pictures sent to me every day that put my mind at ease and I could see that Hen had lots of cuddles and attention while I was away. Thank you Fran for extending your home to Hen

May 2017



We used Fran at Pet Stay Bristol for the first time recently and were very impressed. Our Jack Russell (2 years old), Martha is a very nervous dog and is on a raw food dog with supplements that need adding to all meals, so not as straightforward as many dogs.

We found the pre-stay meeting very useful to gauge how Martha would react in the environment and get a feel for how Fran would look after her. This session was not at all rushed and I’m sure we stayed longer than we should have but nothing was a problem. The attention to detail that Pet Stay demands is very comforting but you do need to give them a thorough overview of your pet including medical history and it’s individual requirements.

Martha settled really well and very quickly on her 3 day stay and I think a lot of this was because she felt very at home quickly after meeting Fran & family (including her lovely dog Sansa) on the pre-visit.

Fran kept me informed of Martha’s progress at key points in the stay which was very reassuring and we never worried about Martha while we were away because Fran is so obviously a caring person and dog lover.

Martha enjoyed her stay and we will definitely be booking again!

May 2017



All pet owners should know about ‘Pet Stay’….. A great concept and organisation!
Our quirky, fun loving miniature Yorkshire Terrier (age 10) has just spent his first, very happy week with Doreen and Tony. They, with their experience of looking after dogs especially Yorkies, were the perfect match for Chip. Doreen put us at our ease from day one, and we had no doubt that she would be a safe and understanding pair of hands for our little chap.
Thank you very much Fran for your meticulous and caring organisation.

Paul & Marian
May 2017



Our 3yr old Vizsla, Meg stayed with Sue for a week during our holiday in April. Everything from the first meeting to the return pickup went perfectly. Sue is exactly what you would want from a dog carer. She is kind, friendly, obviously loves dogs and has my total confidence that she would make the right decisions for Meg in any situation. Nothing was too much trouble and was very flexible with meeting and pickup times. She kept us posted with regular photos and enabled us to have a worry-free holiday. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to any other dog owner.
The only one negative is PetStay’s policy of no off-lead walks. Meg is well trained and needs to run free. A long retractable lead helped but perhaps PetStay could consider a disclaimer that owners can sign to enable this?

Attached is a photo of Meg totally relaxed in Sue’s armchair.
Thanks again & best regards

May 2017



We were more than happy to leave our dog Buzz with Fran and her family. They immediately put us at ease on the first time of meeting them and Buzz seemed happy too! Fran was very helpful on what we needed to sort before we went and what we would need to take for Buzz’s stay which was very helpful… Whilst we were away Fran was kind enough to message us with updates and photos of how Buzz was doing which was lovely! Would highly recommend! Thank you again…

April 2017



Fizzy, our one-year-old spaniel/poodle cross, had a bad experience in kennels during the summer – she hated being shut away from humans, even for an hour. When we went away for a week last month, we wanted her to stay with a family. PetStay put us in touch with Emma and her family, who live within 30 minutes of us, and at very short notice they agreed to look after Fizzy.

When we returned, Fizzy had clearly been very well looked after and loved. It was obvious that she adored the family’s little girl. PetStay helped us to find exactly the right family to look after our dog, and at a very reasonable price. We’d recommend them to anyone.

December 2016



I found Petstay when we had to leave our 18 month old Irish setter, Orla, for the first time. I was nervous about leaving her anywhere but was really reassured when we met Fran and her family at their home. She asked lots of questions about Orla’s routine and sleeping arrangements and said she could even sleep on the sofa. Orla quickly relaxed and was excited to play with Fran’s spaniel. Orla has stayed with Fran a few times since our first visit and I know she’s happy as last time she barked at the front door to be let in!

November 2016



This was the first time we have ever used Pet stay to look after Poppy and we could not have been more pleased. She stayed with Jenny who put my mind at ease from the very start as she was so lovely and on the first meeting when Poppy met Jenny’s dog Pearl I had no doubts I was doing the right thing. I will definitely be calling on Jenny again and would not hesitate to recommend her.

June 2016



Just want to say a massive thank you to yourself, Tony and Doreen. You made our Christmas possible and we can’t thank you enough! This was the first time we used this service and it certainly won’t be the last. Your effort to find somewhere for Kia to stay at short notice was fantastic. Tony and Doreen were perfect and they looked after Kia as if she was their own dog. We will recommend Pet Stay to anyone who wants their dog well cared for. We wish you all the very best in the New Year.

Nathan & Toni
January 2016



We had a lovely holiday thank you and Jess did too. It was clear that Doreen and Tony looked after Jess really well and they said that they would be happy to have her again. We would happily board Jess with them again so hope they can look after Jess next year. In the meantime we will stay in touch with Doreen and Tony and go for walks with Jess together.

Picture of Jess on a walk after before her PetStay Holiday

July, September 2015

Dog sitting services in Bristol & BathContact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the Bristol & Bath area, please get in touch using the details below.

Tel: 0117 287 2194

Mobile: 07802 342216

Email: fran@petstay.net

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