About Us

We are an experienced family run pet care service, based in South Wonston.  We were established in April 2008 and are fully insured and licensed for home boarding by Winchester City Council.


Our aim is to give a home from home, friendly and trustworthy service. We home board well behaved family dogs, offer day-care, local dog walking and cat/small pet visits.


Mel does the majority of the care but is massively supported by David (husband) and the grown up children Jack (when he’s home) Kathryn & Will.  Over the years, we have had many interesting experiences caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, degus, chinchillas, budgies, parrots, snakes and even a bearded dragon (thankfully no spiders). We’ve been very lucky to have cared for many wonderful pets and some more challenging ones too.


We have a lot that return year after year.  They have become part of our family and there is always room for more.  We look forward to welcoming you and your pet into our home.


Mel, David, Jack, Kathryn, Will

Dusty (the Cockapoo) & Barney (the King Charles Spaniel)

Dog Walking

We walk dogs that live in and around the South Wonston area only. We walk friendly dogs that like to mix with other dogs (no intact males, sorry).


For costs, please check out our pricing page


We take well behaved, socialised dogs for the day for company and exercise on a day to day basis. Before we take a dog on for daycare we will arrange a visit to our home to make sure that your dog will be happy in his daycare environment.


Our normal working day is between 8.00am – 6.00pm (Mon – Fri) excluding Bank Holidays. Longer stays can be arranged but notice must be given and will be charged on the boarding rate.


For costs, please check out our pricing page.

Home Boarding

We would love to welcome your dog to our home for their holiday. We care for well-behaved family dogs, your dog will need to be well socialised with other dogs and people and must be used to being left for a few hours a day while we walk other dogs.  We are licensed by Winchester City Council to board dogs.


While you are away your dog can enjoy their holiday with us, they can pack their suitcase as well and bring their own bed, bowls and toys or they can curl up in one of our doggie beds, we also have a large selection of feeding bowls.


Our garden is completely enclosed and our guests are welcome to spend time playing, sunbathing or sniffing. During the day and evening they will be invited to share in family life around the home. Bedtime follows their own bed time routine (we have a range of different sized dog crate’s if your dog is happier sleeping in a crate).


For costs, please check out our pricing page

Grooming: The Pooch Parlour

Home or Away Petcare also offers a professional grooming service which is operated by Mel. Prices are individual depending on breed, coat type, condition and size of dog.


"My customers are carefully assessed so that I can make their experience a happy one. They will have the sole use of my heated, fully equipped, on-site grooming parlour.  I studied at Brinsbury College, West Sussex (Sept 09 – Dec 10) completing Level 2 and Level 3 City and Guilds qualifications in Dog Grooming.


I have undertaken Continuing Education:  Festival of Grooming - July 2011 & July 2014 - Two-day grooming seminars with lectures from experts such as Melissa Verplank (Award winning Author of Notes from the Grooming   Table & Certified Master Groomer)"


Please call or email for more information

Cat Visits

We cover north Winchester and the South Wonston area (i.e. Kings Worthy, Littleton, Harestock, Hyde, Wonston, and Sutton Scotney)


We have two services to choose from and you can choose from one or two visits per day for either service:


Gold Service - our time will be spent feeding and giving company. Food and drink bowls will be washed and clean water given each day. Cat litter emptied and refilled, cages cleaned.


Silver Service - which is a drop in visit and can also be for once or twice a day. The same service as the gold service but not so much time spent with your pet.



For costs, please check out our pricing page



For now

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If you have any questions about the services we offer, please get in contact with us, how you do this is your choice.


Call  Us: 07789192375

Voicemail - 01962 885100

Email Us: mel@hoapet.co.uk

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