Picking a daycare and boarding facility can be stressful: Will your dog be safe? Loved? And have fun, too? We’re here to help with a series highlighting the pup-lovingest daycares and boarding facilities in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Fun City Dogs
Fun City Dogs is where it’s at for busy pet parents: Cage-free boarding, drop-in daycare, and an ultra-convenient location near 35W, I-94, and Hiawatha Ave in Minneapolis.
Give the doggies what they (and you) want
First, let’s talk daycare: While most spots require reservations and full- or half-day stays, Fun City Dogs lets you pop in and drop off your pup for an hour or two at a time — perfect for those winter days when your dog is feeling a little stir crazy and would benefit from getting their zoomies out while you run errands.
At Fun City, daycare dogs enjoy 19,000 sq ft of fully supervised indoor and outdoor playtime and activities. And nights are just as delightful. Pick a couch, pups — Fun City boarding is cage-free and a staff member is on site all night, so it’ll feel more like a slumber party than a traditional kennel. [Private suites are available too, if your dog doesn’t dig the free-play scene.]
Fun City Dogs has big love for the local rescue scene: They welcome foster dogs at a reduced rate and host an adoption event every Saturday with Underdog Rescue. Currently you’ll also be greeted by their temporary office mascot, an adoptable pup from Gemini Rescue being fostered by Fun City’s owner, RyAnne Quirk. (Editor’s note: His name is Magic and he is seriously the cutest lil’ guy ever.)
One more thing: The view of our city from their outdoor play area will knock your dog’s socks off.
The Hooman Perspective
The reviews are in: Sarah S. praises, “We have been bringing our girl Lucy here for almost a year. The staff remembers her and are super nice and friendly. Lucy is always happy when we drop her off and exhausted when we pick her up. We are in fact so pleased with Fun City dogs that we bring our girl once a week. I love the lack of toys as that eliminates resource guarding, and I love that they provide crates in case a dog needs some time to chill out. I also love that they gladly take in my foster dogs when I have one and I get a special rate for them. I can’t say enough about how great this business is!”
Another reviewer, Amy M., raves, “We LOVE Fun City Dogs! They are easy, affordable, convenient, and take great care of our big, rambunctious dogs. It’s a great option for activity in winter or rainy days. Their drop-in policy versus needing reservations is just so easy. We also love their close working relationship with local animal rescues and foster programs. We highly recommend Fun City Dogs.”
The Quick Sniff
- Contact info: Fun City Dogs, 612-722-3647, email
- Locations: 2213 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis (map)
- Hours: M-F 6am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-8pm
- Starting rate (daycare): $27
- Starting rate (boarding): $38
- Advanced daycare reservations required: No
- Breed restrictions: No
- Spay/neuter required: Yes
- “Test day” required for daycare: Yes
- Boarding available for pets other than dogs: No
- Amenities: Dog beds in suites, dogs can bring toys and comfort objects from home, foster dogs accepted, hourly pricing, indoor and outdoor play areas, separate play areas for dogs of different sizes and temperaments, webcams
- Services: Bathing, grooming
Your dog will be doing a happy dance when he hears you signed him up for a spot at Fun City Dogs. (Don’t forget to tell ’em Sidewalk Dog sent you!)
This spotlight was sponsored by the dog lovers at Fun City Dogs, who can’t wait to shower your fur baby with loving care. Current and former customers are encouraged to submit reviews via their Sidewalk Dog directory listing. (Know or own a daycare or boarding biz we should feature? Doo tell!)