Home Sweet Bone is a dream come true for my family. We have dedicated ourselves to animal care for over twenty years and provide a safe and natural environment for all of our “babies.” We are currently licensed with the Florida Wildlife Commission to possess non-native species and we currently have over fifty pets, with some being endangered. We DO NOT breed nor sell any of our loved ones, and all are very well-socialized with their own species, as well as humans.

Our unending love for animals has led us to this adventure with Home Sweet Bone. We purchased the house next door to us and built Home Sweet Bone!!! This enables our family to keep a close eye and still enjoy our exotic sanctuary being so close.

Our lead animal caretaker, John Allen, lives on-premises at Home Sweet Bone. John has been working full-time with all of our personal animals, exotic and domestic, since 2010. While on family vacations, John has had full-control of our sanctuary and we fully trust him with all of our babies.

  • Mark & Dawn Strickland





Q: What are your hours?

   A: The prices reflected are nightly charges. You can drop-or or pick-up your pet any time from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our checkout time is 3:00 p.m. So if you pick up your pet after 3:00 pm, you will be charged for another night.

   A: We can take your pet any time from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you pick up your pet after 3:00 p.m., you will be charged for another day. So please … enjoy another night on us if after 3:00!

   If you call 964-BONE, it forwards to my cell phone 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Feel free to call to check on your pet at any time.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation?

   A: Yes. Reservations are recommended to facilitate the boarding/kenneling of all pets. We do not make a specific time for your reservation. We ask that you call five minutes prior to arrival, so we can ensure that all "babies" are off of the playground and we can open the gate for you. We ask that you remain in your vehicle if the gate is not open, and for safety reasons, we will open it promptly.

Q:How much will it cost to board my dog?

   A: See the services page for a comprehensive list of prices as well as an invoice estimator to give you a general idea of the total cost per your needs.

Q: What vaccines are required for my dog to be boarded?

   A: We require the DA2PP, Rabies, and Bordetella shots, however, you should look at the application page for a list of all requirements.

Q: How are your kennels set up?

   A: Our kennels are 25 feet long by four feet wide, well above industry standards. Six feet is on concrete and air conditioned and heated. The outside is 16 feet long with a pea gravel substrate. This gives your dog the best of both worlds.

Q: Will my dog have play time?

   A: Each dog will have several times a day, although not on a set schedule, where they will be taken to the exercise yard to jump through tires, elimate on fire hydrants and play with lots of toys! They will always be supervised.

Q: How are your kennels sanitized?

   A: We use a wonderful product called Wysiwash. We have used this on our exotic farm for three years and love the results. Feel free to research the product at wysiwash.com.

Q: Will anyone be there overnight?

   A: Yes. Home Sweet Bone is located next to our personal residence. Our lead animal caretaker resides in the house at Home Sweet Bone. If anything were to happen we would be nearby, which is a feature uncommon to most other boarding agencies as they typically have remote facilities.

Q: Can I tour the facility?

   A: If you would like to tour Home Sweet Bone, we will be happy to accommodate you. Please call to make an appointment.

Q: How do I get to Home Sweet Bone?

   A: Visit the contact page and use the Google driving directions gadget by entering your location. After the driving directions are rendered you may choose to print the directions.

Q: Are your facilities locked at all times?

   A: As you pull up to Home Sweet Bone, you will see a sign that requests you to call for assistance. The front gate is closed at all times and the outside doors are deadbolted and all gates have multiple padlocks securing the kennels. From the road, you will not be able to see what dogs we are housing at Home Sweet Bone for their protection.