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Boarding, grooming and training are nothing new when it comes to pet services. More recently, pet day care has become a part of those services being offered for our furry little friends. It’s the smart alternative to leaving beloved animals home alone for hours on end. Pets are dropped off for a day of play, exercise, snacks, and the companionship while their owners are at work or otherwise occupied. Here are some of our top picks for pet day cares in Philadelphia.

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Hours:  Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $30 full day/$20 half day

The Dog School is the oldest independently owned dog daycare in the city. Services are provided in-home or on-site. Dog walking services also provided. The friendly care offered here makes this dog-care facility worth checking out if you want your furry children to feel the love.

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For Paws Philly cares for dogs and cats “as if they were our own” and offers in-home and on-site services, as well as overnight accommodations. Avoid the stress of leaving your animals behind and bring them to For Paws Philly for a sense of relief.

Hours: Mon to Sat 6:45 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m.; Sun by appointment only
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Central Bark calls itself the “unkennel” and offers dog day care, grooming, training, and boarding too. This doggy dare care prides itself on outstanding services and their commitment to your furry loved one.

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Hours: Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon to Fri 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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The Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villa boasts a five-acre facility and offers an array of services for both dogs and cats. They also provide 24-hour services for all animals as well as treating them as if they were family members of their own.

Hours:  Mon to Fri 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun Closed
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East Paws Doggie Daycare administers a temperament test to all dogs so owners can feel safe leaving their animals. A trained professional tests the dogs so everyone can have a feeling of safeness. Bring your active dog or puppy and enjoy this doggy daycare.

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