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Kip Melbourne South East

Formerly ABBA Kennels & Cattery

59-61 Ordish Rd, Dandenong South VIC 3175

Dog boarding

Cat boarding

Door to door Transport

Dog Training

It’s important to keep your furry friends active and fit, even while on holiday. At Kip Melbourne South East, your pooch can play in our grassy play yards to their hearts’ content! Our state-of-the-art facilities provide your pet a safe and comfortable environment, no matter how long they stay.

Reception Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00-11:00am, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday: 8:00-11:00am

Sunday: 2:00-5:00pm

Public Holidays: as advised

Treat your pet to a Luxury Villa

If your dog deserves the very best (as they should), treat them to a stay with us in our Penthouse Suites. Our suites all have extra space, a TV, climate-control heating and cooling, as well as special designer beds with wool blankets. All furry guests will also enjoy a complimentary hydro bath for stays over 2 days.

Dog Training Programs Available

You don’t just have to live with poor behaviour from your dog! We have tailored dog training solutions that stick for each dog and owner. Our experienced trainers at Kip Melbourne South East have a range of programs to get your dog started on the right paw. Start your training journey by filling out this form today!

Pricing Comparison


We've got options to make your pets' stay comfortable!

Dog boarding

Dog Studio Suite

From $48/day

Dog boarding

Dog Club Suite

From $65/day

Dog boarding

Dog Penthouse Suite

From $84/day

Dog Training

Board & Train Room

From $139/day

Cat boarding

Cat Penthouse Suite

From $40/day

Additional Services

For Dogs

We have a range of additional services you can add to your dog's stay to ensure they have the best stay possible with us.

Extra Playtime

Social Playtime


Extra Playtime

Super Playtime


Dog Training

Canine Coaching


Dog Training

Daycare & Train


Delicious Dinner

Chicken & Rice Dinner



Daily Treat



Pigs Ears


For Cats

We also offer options to accommodate even our fussiest feline friends.

Extra Playtime

Cat Playtime


See what our guests think

Margaret Hill

Meg & all staff at Kip did a fantastic job in training and looking after my beautiful Daisy , I was kept informed with lots of photos and videos of her progress. Highly Recommended.

Sarah Barras

We had our 6 month old energised, divine vizsla in care and train for 12 days whilst overseas. We were very anxious first time users- as always have used in home sitters with our other dogs. Our baby was too risky to leave at home, in case a door or gate wasn’t shut etc as he is very fast and not perfect in his manners yet. He had daily training at Kip, extra cuddles every lunch with staff, walks and enrichment programs. We have been delighted with his performance on his return- his excitement is huge but he can keep 4 feet on the ground, sit, drop, concentrate under distraction. It has been an awesome jump start on his behaviour. We rested knowing he was safe, well fed (regular weigh in) and daily video updates of our goofy boy. Strongly recommend.

Dina Calogiros

I would like to thank kip for looking after my cat while being away. Its always hard to leave my beloved cat, but always know that he is been looked after and loved be this amazing cattery. The staff a friendly and loving. Always receiving pictures and updates always puts my mind at ease. I highly recommend kip as the cat place to be. Thank you so much for looking after Casper, he really enjoys coming and spending time there.

Alex G

My go to place for my dog when I travel. Just to add: i really like the activity feeds. I can see my dog is happy and is being looked after when he is there.

Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

is what makes boarding at Kip different!

We are passionate about providing the best care and enrichment for pets and a great experience for you. Our team of pet lovers have decades of experience.

We know every pet is unique, so we have various options, including different accommodation types and extra services, to ensure we are tailoring the stay to suit your pet’s needs - better yet, we will ensure you get frequent updates so you know you are getting the services you paid for!

With best-in-industry facilities and structured processes around health and welfare monitoring, team training, customer updates and enrichment, our team will make sure your pet has the best day, every day. 

Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

We know there's nowhere as special as home

That’s why we give you the flexibility to adjust your pet's accommodation and services to best suit their needs!

Meet the Team


Zena Hnatiw


Zena is passionate and dedicated about animal welfare and has focused her career on the care of dogs and cats, amassing a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She has successfully run her own pet boarding establishment for over a decade, making her the perfect fit for Kip.

"I love getting up in the morning and seeing all the happy wagging tails waiting for me. It’s such a privilege to look after families’ beloved dogs and cats.”

Adam Hosey

Adam Hosey

Assistant Manager

Adam has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in pet care and leads his team with passion and a perpetual smile. A true team player, he fosters a positive atmosphere, ensuring every tail-wagging guest receives the best care!

Meg McKenzie

Meg McKenzie

Training Lead

Meg came into the training industry because, like most trainers, had a dog who became a handful. She realised she was out of her depth and decided to become certified by the National Dog Training Federation. She's got a love for all dogs and is excited to meet all your fur babies, work out how they tick and start coaching you on how to help them become the best versions of themselves.

How Boarding Works

FDT Step 1

Step 1: Choose Date

Request your boarding stay and complete your pet’s profile, including details such as your pets' vaccinations and any medication they need.

Boarding Transport

Step 2: Start Your Stay

Drop off your dog during reception hours. If you’ve selected transport, we’ll pick them up right from your door in the morning.

Boarding Yard

Step 3: Welcome & Health Check

Your dog gets settled in for their holiday, and staff gives them a health check.

Boarding Pupdate

Step 4: Enjoy Regular Updates to your Phone

Enjoy regular photo and/or video updates right to your phone throughout their stay.

Hydrobath Landscape

Step 5: Get that Fresh Wash Feeling

Receive a complimentary hydro-bath before going home for stays longer than 2 days.

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Step 6: Home Time!

Pick them up during reception hours, or if you’ve selected transport, we’ll drop them at your door.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

What you need to know about your Boarding Visit

As pet pawrents ourselves, we know that leaving your pet for the first time can be stressful! Every trip to Kip includes your own room, 1-on-1 playtime with our staff, daily photo and video updates, and premium kibble meals, and we encourage pet parents to come visit the accommodation before the trip. Whether your dog loves running in our grassy yards, or your cat loves lounging in the sun, we’re sure your pet will have the best time!

To ensure everyone’s safety, please make sure that all pets are up to date with all vaccinations, and a certificate must be presented.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

Dog Training Programs Available

Industry-Recognised Board & Train Dog Training Program

Starts at $139/day

You don't just have to live with poor behaviour from your dog! We have tailored dog training solutions that stick for each dog and owner to make your relationship the best it can be. Our experienced trainers at Kip Melbourne South East have a range of programs to get your dog started on the right paw. The Board & Train Program is a 21-day program that includes multiple training sessions a day, a dedicated trainer, frequent updates, supplementary online course module support and a comprehensive handover session at the completion of the program.

Industry-Recognised Board & Train Dog Training Program

Add day sessions with Canine Coaching

Only $68/day

Already got an upcoming boarding booking? Got a high-energy dog that needs some extra enrichment and stimulation throughout their stay? Adding Canine Coaching to your dog's stay can help, available from mid-2024.

  • Provide basic training to your dog.

  • Enrich and stimulate your dog during their boarding stay.

  • Multiple coaching sessions on Monday-Friday.

  • Choose as many or as little days as you like.

  • Regular report cards from your trainer.

Email us today at [email protected] to find out more!

Add day sessions with Canine Coaching

What we do


Are you needing overnight care for your dog?

Keeping your four-legged friend happy, comfortable and safe is what pet boarding with us is all about. Every Kip trip comes with cosy rooms, premium meals, and extras that are sure to entertain even the fussiest pets.


Do you have a cat that requires overnight care?

Many of our pet retreats offer cat accommodation options. Our staff are well versed in the quirks of our feline friends - providing a high level of care and attention in accommodation from standard rooms to penthouse suites.


Don't just live with poor behaviour!

From puppy school to more tailored training programs, Kip offers dog training solutions that stick. Available at select locations, your dog will build good habits with techniques that are work for them.


Make your visit easier!

At Kip, we offer pick-up and drop-off to our locations to provide you with convenience and ensure you have a great experience.

How We Do Things

Safe & Fun

We have lots of fun together, but balance is key, which is why we tailor our services to meet your pet’s needs.

Passionate Team

With an in-house vet and decades of industry experience, our team of highly trained pet carers (and pet lovers) will ensure your pet is in the safest hands.

Regular Updates

Leaving your pup can be stressful, so we deliver regular updates (or pup-dates) right to your phone, so you know they’re having fun!


Does my pet need to be vaccinated?

All pets must be up to date with their vaccinations and present a current certificate to the team. We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. Our vaccination requirements are as follows: 

  • Puppies may board 10 days after their final puppy vaccines as long as they are C5 or equivalent.

  • Kittens may board 10 days after their final kitten vaccines as long as they are F3 or equivalent.

  • Dogs must have an up-to-date C3 or better vaccine and an annual Canine Cough vaccination.

  • Cats must have an up-to-date F3 vaccination.

Does my pet need to be desexed?

We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. We do not take dogs in heat across our centres. To the extent your dog comes into heat whilst in our care, we will require an emergency contact to pick them up within 24 hours of being notified. We will not accommodate entire males in the same room as undesexed females.

Can you pick up my pet? When will the pet van come?

We provide door-to-door transport Melbourne-wide for an extra charge. You will be contacted by the driver with an estimated arrival time the day before your reservation commences.

Can I tour the facilities?

Absolutely! Simply contact us at [email protected] so our team can organise the best time for you to tour the premises. 

My pet needs medication! Can you administer it?

Absolutely! For an extra $5/pet/day, we can administer medication to your pets. Please provide all medication in a marked vet bag and provide enough medication for the entire duration of their stay.

My dog is a picky eater! Can I bring my own food?

We sure can, for an extra fee of $3/day! Please provide all required food, clearly marked and labelled. Please inform staff if your dog has any food allergies.

Ready to book in a happy stay?

Let's go

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