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Purpose statement :

Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion.

Mission statement:

We will use fear free training to minimize stress and enter”train”ment to promote happy behaviors.
Our facility is secure and sanitary for the health and safety of your pet.  Veterinary care will be provided on-site.

Fear Free

We understand that going to the kennel can be very stressful on your pet and some pets will be fearful. Although Fear Free certification for kennel is not available just yet, our entire staff has received specialized training in group play, dog and cat body language, low stress and fear free handling techniques so they can prevent a bad fearful experience before it starts. Whether it's in the play yard or in the kennel your pets comfort is our number one priority.

Our Staff

Our crew

Summer, Angel, Devan, Lauryn, Payten, Candi, Kaylee, Beth, Kaylyn


Carla's love of animals, and especially dogs, started when she was 2. She was always interested in grooming and when she got the opportunity she attended Best in Show Grooming School. After completing school she apprenticed at Best in Show Grooming before moving on to other opportunities. This will be her 24th year in grooming and she is grateful for all the fur babies and their parents that she have been able to serve. To stay up on the most current grooming trends she receives Grooming to Grooming magazine, attends grooming shows, and attends seminars where she can gain more knowledge. She is active with the online grooming community and Groomers Continuing Education which posts videos of various styles and more effective ways to create them.
Carla resides in York with husband Bob and their very spoiled Boxer Carmen.



Nicky Mathieson has extensive background in both the theory and practice of animal behavior and is a highly skilled trainer that uses positive reinforcement. She has been using this positive approach and teaching it to others for many years and is experienced in explaining and demonstrating these techniques. Nicky has been involved in dog sports and dog training for more than 15 years. During this time she has attended a large number of seminars with many of the leading experts in animal behavior and clicker training as well as obedience, rally and agility.
Nicky’s practical experience has included working with the animals at the Children’s Zoo in Stanley Park, teaching classes in obedience, rally and agility and training and competing with her own dogs in competitive obedience, rally, agility and tracking as well as participating in St John Therapy dogs. Her dogs have won many HIT's and HIC's up to and including the utility level of obedience.


Opening Day

When the opportunity arose to purchase the former kennel, and renovate it into a fear free and hospital affiliated kennel, there was no way we could say no!  Our hospital, Compassion Animal Hospital LLC, became a Silver Certified Low Stress Handling and Restraint Hospital in 2016.  After seeing such a tremendous difference in our hospital […]


Sometimes emergencies happen even with supervision.  Not to worry!  We have Compassion Animal Hospital on call services.  If the case is more than we can handle at the kennel we immediately transport to the hospital for immediate medical care.  Our kennel manager is specially medically trained to assess the situation and take the best course of action.  Rest assured your pet is in the best hands with Compassion Pet Resort.