Author Archives: Craig McAllester

About Craig McAllester

Craig L. McAllester, President, Craig L. McAllester, Inc, kennel designer, has been designing veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, animal shelters, police, military, and U.S. Department of HomeLand Security/Boarder Patrol working dog kennels, here in the United States of America, and in countries around the world, since 2003. Craig may be contacted at 877-234-2301. Email: Craig@KennelDesignUSA.com Website: www.KennelDesignUSA.com

Ever Wonder How To Install A Dog Door?

Did you ever wonder how to install a dog door? If so, you might be interested to see an article I found. Click the link below to see how Tom Sylva, and the folks at This Old House, install a dog door in just an afternoon.

This Old House

When buying a dog door, search out all the options available. Get one that really suits your needs.

Merry Christmas 2017

On this cold Christmas Eve, Nancy and I are wishing everyone a warm and wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year. May all pets find a warm forever home this coming year.

For all those away from family, and those serving our country, know you’re in our prayers.

From our home to yours.

Merry Christmas to one and all.

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Dog Swimming Pool

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Dog Swimming Pools

A New Folding Kennel Option

A Folding Kennel Option

Crates Don’t Work Well.

Folding crates are a pain. You never seem to have the right size for the animal. When you fold them up, where do you store them? Most often, I see crates with a broken plastic floor that causes the animal to lie on the wire bottom-certainly not a good thing.

So, what do you do when you need more kennel space?

This folding, Space Saver kennel came across my desk today. It is full size, and folds flat to the wall in no time. I think this new kennel has great potential for use in a daycare rooms for downtime or to provide additional boarding for that busy holiday weekend when you’re out of space. For an SPCA, these would be great for those times when you need a lot of intake space, but when not needed, they fold-up in short order to free up the room for other activities. Have a look at this link, and be sure to watch the video.

If you are interested, let me know if you need help in laying the space out, and then we can get you some pricing.

Boarding Kennels: The Design Process

Now Available as an E-Book

Boarding Kennels: The Design Process

New E-Book:

New E-Book:

Our latest book is now available as an E-Book. See it here. If you are planning to build a new boarding kennel, you owe it to yourselves to read Boarding Kennels: The Design Process.

It covers land acquisition, building a list of wants and desires. We cover Kennel Enclosures, Drains, Vacuum Systems and so much more.

 

Next Time You Fly, Think Delta Air Lines!

Delta Air Lines announced it is taking a stand against animal trophy hunting.

This link to Chris Green’s blog came across my desk today.  He reports that Delta airlines CEO announced that  “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.”

Well, it’s about time!

Perhaps, FedEx and any other air transportation company, that has service to that region the world, will follow.

Kudos Chris!

 

Cattery Design

 See my latest article in Pet Boarding & Daycare magazine:

Cattery Design; CATS ARE PEOPLE TOO!

CATTERY DESIGN Cats are people too!
CATTERY DESIGN
Cats are people too!

Design Your Kennel For The Future

no parkingKennel Design; review all the codes before you start your project.

I am an architectural designer, and I specialize in animal care facility design. My work extends all across the USA and in countries around the globe.  Because my work is, well,  everywhere, I find it very interesting how both local building codes and zoning ordinances vary from one project to the next.  Even neighboring cities have different regulations.

One of the services we offer is a Feasibility Study.  In this study, we examine the local regulations to help ensure that the design we are about to prepare meets these local regulations. This will help design your kennel for the future.

I saw post recently where a homeowner posted a giant NO PARKING! sign on his front lawn.  Apparently, patrons of the kennel across the street are parking in this man’s driveway while they are conducting business at the kennel.  The kennel has no off-street parking, and the street is only 18′ wide, leaving little room for parking.  Because the kennel has been there for years, the city says, “…it’s not our problem!”

_DSC6950-31On many projects, we use a circular driveway for customers to drive up, drop off / pick up, and then drive off.  I might suggest that a kennel have an attendant on the drive too during the morning intake hours, and in the evening, offer a service where the customer can call ahead to pick up an animal, and having the pet ready and waiting.  Services like this, reduce the number of parking spaces needed and are especially good in situations, like this, where the kennel is operating in a non-commercial zoning district with no off-street parking.

Parking is a real concern, but for a kennel, there are so many aspects to getting the design right.  So, when planning for your kennel, be sure to research all the local regulations, but also, consider the needs of your neighbors too.  Starting off on the right foot will go a long way in building a business.

If you need help in the design of your new boarding kennel, animal shelter, or veterinary hospital, give me a call.

KennelDesignUSA.com

 

Shipping Container Kennels

Containers for Kennels

Containers for Kennels

The other day, I saw a few pictures on Pinterest of shipping container kennels. They made me raise an eye brow.

At first glance, one might think that these containers seem like the perfect answer for all your shelter’s troubles.  No more leaky roof, or over-crowding, or broken kennel enclosures, poor drainage, or whatever plagues your kennel.  Just drop in another container and everything is well again, and they’re cheap too!  Now, that really sounds great…

but, not so fast!

A Google search on the words ‘container architecture quickly reveals that using containers in construction is nothing new.  Homes and commercial buildings are made of containers and containers are stacking up on every port around the country.  They were shipped into our country with products and goods, but they cost too much to return them empty.  So the cost of containers are fairly cheap.

With a little planning, containers make a very strong, safe and watertight building.  But, these ‘buildings’ must meet all the building code requirements that any commercial building would need to meet.  Hence, the planning!

The inside needs to have water, both supply and drainage.  It must have heating, cooling, ventilation,  electric, lighting, insulation, and must meet all the requirements for the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, too.

Outside, these ‘permanent’ buildings must meet the requirements for gravity and lateral forces; both a proper foundation to rest on, and the building must be tied to the foundation to resist lateral wind loads.  The doors and pathways around the buildings must also be accessible for wheelchair access and they must meet zoning and setback requirements too.

So, the thought of just dropping a few containers in place, cutting in a few dog doors, and moving in the animals, could be not be farther from the truth.

However, with a little planning,

shipping container kennels may come in handy for short-term housing of animals after a natural disaster, or for emergency quarantine.  Also, it is always a problem finding housing for animals when renovating an existing shelter. This is especially so, when taking an existing shelter building down completely, to build a new one in it’s place.  Perhaps temporally housing of animals in containers may be an answer, but, it’s all a matter of proper planning.

For all your kennel or animal hospital design needs, give me a call–that’s what I do, worldwide, and  I’m here to help. www.kenneldesignusa.com.

Poisonous Holiday Plants

Was it Mistletoe, Poinsettia, or…? Merry Christmas

Keep your pets safe and have a wonderful Christmas:

Pets and Christmas plants…