A pet home away from home

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Pet lover Kim Hukill, owner of Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding, has nearly a dozen years of experience working at local animal clinics. She opened her new business, which will also offer bathing and nail trimming services, in December of 2012. Hukill is pictured above with her dogs, Rusty and Daphne.

Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding, owned and operated by Kim Hukill, of Cassville, is now open and ready to serve the needs of area pet lovers and their four-legged friends. The business opened on Dec. 17, 2012.

"I am a caring person who loves and takes good care of animals," said Hukill. "I like playing with dogs and cats. Spending time with animals makes me happy."

Hukill, who graduated from high school in Hannibal, worked in restaurant management for seven years before meeting and marrying her husband, Darwin, and moving to Barry County.

Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed New kennels Located off of Highway 112 on Farm Road 2200 southeast of Cassville, Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding offers 12 large kennels with indoor and outdoor play areas for dogs. The business is owned by Kim Hukill.

In 2000, Hukill began working for Dr. Brent Herrin. She served at the Cassville animal hospital for six years. Then, she began working for Dr. Chip Kammerlohr and served the Cassville Veterinary Clinic for five years.

"I've done everything from working as the receptionist to serving as a veterinary assistant and assisted in surgeries," said Hukill. "I've cleaned kennels and helped care for boarding and sick animals. I've done a lot of different things to help care for pets."

Last year, when Dr. Kammerlohr decided to retire, Hukill began to consider what many of the clinic's clients would do without the boarding services offered at the facility.

"We have the land, so I decided to open a boarding facility here," said Hukill. "I made the decision to continue to care for puppies."

Hukill said many of the clients who formerly utilized the services offered by the Cassville Veterinary Clinic have already visited Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding, which is located off of Highway 112 on Farm Road 2200 southeast of Cassville.

"This is a brand new building," said Hukill. "The kennel is done. The office is still in the works."

The 432-square-foot building offers 12 kennels with indoor and outdoor pet play areas. Pet owners with multiple dogs can choose to board them in a kennel together, said Hukill. An outdoor, fenced play area is also offered for pet families with more than one dog.

Although all dogs will have plenty of room in the kennels, Hukill walks every dog boarding at her facility three to four times a day. This allows her to ensure the dogs are receiving proper exercise and also gives her an opportunity to bond with the animals.

Cats that board at the business are kept in large kennels away from the canine area. When the office area is finished, the business will also offer a large indoor cat play area.

In addition to boarding services, the business will offer bathing and nail trimming services for all animals.

Pet owners are invited to schedule a visit to Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding before leaving their animals with Hukill.

"I just love animals," said Hukill. "We have seven of our own, five dogs and two cats."

Hukill's husband, who currently works in the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, brought a pair of their dogs home from a deployment in Afghanistan.

Community members interested in learning more about Roaring River Pet Daycare and Boarding are invited to call Hukill at 846-3397 or visit the business' page on Facebook.

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