Many of you have asked how DAP will be responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing everything we can to make informed decisions for you and your dogs, our staff, and the community we love. In an effort to remain open for daycare as long as possible, while making sure our staff can take care of themselves, effective Monday, March 23rd we will be open 9:00-5:00 for daycare dogs only. We will be closing for boarding and on the weekends. A few of our team members are UNCW students who no longer have classes on campus, and feel it is best to be with family in cities other than Wilmington. Another falls into the high risk category according to the CDC, making it potentially unsafe to be at DAP. It is of the utmost importance to us that we are doing what we can to slow transmission and flatten the curve, even if it means seeing less of you. Of course as state and national guidelines change daily, there is the possibility that we will need to adjust our hours, or even close entirely, before Monday so please be on the lookout for updates. We thank you in advance for your understanding and are sending you and your loved ones much health, lots of dog kisses, long walks together, and marathon snuggles while we get through this new challenge together. March 2020 Update: Daycare and boarding is now available for established pups only - we are not currently accepting new clients. If you'd like us to contact you when a space becomes available, please use the form on our Contact page. We are very thankful that so many old and new friends want to come play with us, and can't wait to meet your furry family members sometime soon!       When Dogs At Play opened in 2001 it was the first Doggy Daycare and Boarding Facility of it's kind in North Carolina. We started at a time when many people did not accept the concept of all day play groups for dogs from different families. While much of the community was in opposition, the dogs sure weren't! They were having the time of their lives and owners were grateful for a happy tired dog at the end of their work day or vacation. By the time we turned five years old several other facilities opened up in the area proving that this was a concept that was here to stay. Over the years we have watched puppies become adults and sadly, have had to say good-bye to a few seniors. It is our privilege and passion to be a part of all these dogs' lives. At DAP every dog is guaranteed to be treated with love and kindness as if they were our own. Our managers are Pet First Aid certified, and all staff members have a thorough knowledge of dog behavior based on all the latest information. Every year we grow, learn and change to make DAP better and better for our visitors. We love getting to know every dog who visits us, and of course we like their humans too!


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