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About Kingsmark Kennels

Over 50 Years in the Pet Care industry.

The History of Kingsmark Kennels

Our Boarding Facilities in Flagstaff, AZ.

Kingsmark was established in 1962. It began with the passion and love for the collie breed and was founded by John J. Kavanagh. After finishing college and becoming the youngest real-estate broker in Flagstaff, he wanted to put his distinct mark on the rough collie as well as boarding facilities in Northern Arizona. He decided to offer Flagstaff an alternative to the same old idea of dog boarding. This began Kingsmark Kennels. The business paved the way for a higher standard of what a pet care should be like.

Kingsmark Kennels is the only 2nd Generation boarding kennel in Flagstaff, AZ. Never being sold or turned over to new owners. Over the last 55 years our entire family helped make Kingsmark the Best pet care facility available in Northern Arizona.

We are the only kennel in Flagstaff, AZ that is a part of American Kennel Club as well as International Boarding and Pet Care Service Association. Our entire staff goes through independent certification. We stay up to date with current events as well as taking pride in sponsoring a lot of Northern Arizona’s adoption and rescue events. We work very closely with Paws for Placement, Fresh Start Pet Rescue, Rez Rescue and Second Chance helping homeless animals find forever homes.

John J. Kavanagh unexpectedly passed away on August 5th 2010. We miss him beyond words and know that he is forever smiling down upon us. His daughter Shannon and son in law Rich have now taken over the family business and look forward to continuing the high standards that john had set forth. He definitely put his mark on boarding facilities in Flagstaff Arizona and has now given his family a chance to do the same. Thank You to everyone in the community for voting Kingsmark Kennels “The Best Kennel"!

The Employees of Kingsmark Kennels in Northern Arizona

Our Pet Care Certified Staff in Flagstaff Arizona

International Boarding & Pet Services Association

Kingsmark employees go through vigorous training and Pet Care Certification. Our entire staff is Pet CPR and First Aide Certified and focuses on exceptional service to our clients as well as our guest's! Each staff member is an essential part of the Kingsmark team and serves to make our reputation even stronger.

  • John

    John Kavanagh (Founder)

    John Kavanagh was born March 3rd 1948 and passed away August 5th 2010. He attended ASU and graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree. His love for dogs began in 1962 when he followed his passion for breeding collies, thus was the beginning of Kingsmark Kennels. He then went on to becoming a professional handler in 1975, where he traveled all over the country. He had successfully showed Kingsmark Collies for over 49 years. He has had over 50 champions and were still counting! John’s dedication to animals also turned into a career of caring for them. He was Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner! He will forever be missed and never forgotten!

  • Shannon

    Shannon Gottschammer (Owner)

    John left an amazing legacy for his daughter Shannon Gottschammer to carry on. She was born and raised with animals her entire life. Shannon began Showing dogs at the age of 5 and had her first champion at 7.She is going to continue showing and breeding her father’s amazing line of champion collies as well as mainting the distinctive mark on the collie breed. She is Passionate about four legged friends and could not be happier to take over the family business. With almost 30 years of life experience, you could say she is now Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner!

  • Rich

    Rich Gottschammer (Owner)

    Rich Gottschammer has lived in Flagstaff, AZ since the year 2000. Shannon and Rich were married in 2007 and thus began his journey into the family business. He was originally a small town boy from Belleville, IL who went right into the Marine Corps at age 18. After accomplishing his goals as a marine, he became a hardware representive for a company out of Texas, which led him to Arizona in the year 2000. Rich has always been involved in the inner workings of the kennel and now has accompanied Shannon in making Kingsmark the finest pet facility Flagstaff has to offer.

  • Brendi

    Brendi - General Manager

    Brendi was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ and is a true country gal! She loves to spend all her extra time in the outdoors going fishing and camping. One of her true passion lies with animals and the rewards that come along with loving and caring for them. She not only enjoys pampering our four legged friends but also has an interest in financing as she studies to become an accountant. All the clients love her energetic charisma and all the guest’s enjoy her company!

  • Peter

    Peter Casey - In Our Hearts

    Peter Casey was born in Albuquerque N. M. in June 1975 & came to Flagstaff in Oct 1981, where he resided until he passed on August 12th 2013. He attended St Mary's, Cromer elementary, Flagstaff middle school and graduated from Coconino high school. A good portion of his life was spent in the dog show business, riding horses and in the boarding kennel industry. He had also been engaged in construction and the heating and cooling industry in multiple commercial areas in Flagstaff. His sister and brother-in-law were fortunate to have him be a part of the family business and miss him more than he will ever know.

  • Courtney

    Courtney - Lead Kennel Tech

    Courtney was born in Tustin, CA and moved to Flagstaff, AZ in 2013 to study psychology at NAU. She has a true passion for animals and loves playing with all the guest’s at Kingsmark. Courtney enjoys hiking and training her German shepherd, “Banner” for rally obedience and search and rescue. Her quick attention to detail and ability to be flexible during play with each and every guest makes her an exceptional team member. She is a fabulous camp counselor!

  • Ellen

    Ellen - Lead Kennel Tech

    Ellen was born in Mesa, AZ and then moved to Flagstaff in 1972. She was raised with all kinds of animals, including horses, goats, pigs & chickens to name a few. Her free time is enjoyed by spending time with all the dogs, cats and birds here at Kingsmark as well as with her family two legged and four. She is a very meticulous person that likes order and structure, which truly complements our high standards. She is an invaluable part of the team!

  • Darin

    Darin - Maintenance Manger

    Darin currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he handles all of our maintenance needs at Kingsmark. Before settling down, he attended Wenatchee Community College and North Pioneer College. He loves attending Pow-Wows and is fluent in his native Dine’ language. Having a safe environment for our guests is imperative and he takes great pride in being able to provide it for Kingsmark. We are very fortunate to have him as part of our family.

  • Cindy

    Cindy - Groomer

    Cindy is a native Arizonian born in Tucson, Arizona. Her journey began on a ranch where there was an abundance of animals for her to care for. She loves horses and grew up barrel racing at a young age. While in Tucson she started working as a vet tech at a 24-hour emergency clinic, where she learned how to groom. Twenty-five years later she’s still grooming and loving every minute of it. Her passions are riding horses, loving on her dogs, hiking and camping. Cindy is not only one of Northern Arizona’s premier groomers, but is also kindhearted. We are blessed to have her as part of the Kingsmark family!

  • Cristopher

    Christopher - Kennel Tech

    Christopher was born and raised in Flagstaff and hasn’t once thought of ever leaving here. He grew up with animals being a great part of his life, and it shows. Hiking with his dogs, camping, and volunteering for various organizations are some of his many interests. He is currently attending NAU minoring in sociology and working to get a PhD in clinical psychology. Christopher’s great empathy towards others reflects on how he cares for all our guests here. We are proud and excited to have him here as part of our Kingsmark family.

  • Amanda

    Amanda - Kennel Tech

    Amanda is another country gal born in Fork Polk, Louisiana, on an army base. Flagstaff has been her home since she was three years old. She went to Cosmetology school in Phoenix, and then returned to the town she loves. Shooting, hiking, camping with her two dogs, Rex and Sadie, are one of her many favorite things she likes do in her spare time. If she isn’t outside enjoying the outdoors, she is cuddling with her two feisty felines Franklin and Moose. Caring for animals has been a dream of hers and she is so excited that she gets to do it on a daily basis. She loves that each animal, whether it being a cat or dog, have their own unique personality and that she gets to spend time with every one of them. We are ecstatic to have to have such a dynamic personality as part of our Kingsmark family.

  • Ashlee

    Ashlee - Camp Counselor

    Ashlee is a senior at Coconino High School. Softball, volleyball and shooting competitively are some of her many interests. After High School, she plans on either going into the medical field, as an air medic, or a vet tech. At a young age she always has had a passion for animals. Her three dogs, Wrangler, Skeeter, and Outlaw, are her best hiking buddies. She takes any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be hunting, hiking, or just simply driving through the woods. Ashlee is a free spirit who thinks getting dirty is all part of the fun. You wouldn’t be surprised if she is down in the dirt with our four legged guests making sure they are having their best pawcation ever. We are excited to have this adventurous gal as part as of Kingsmark family.

  • Chelci

    Chelci - Night Attendant

    Chelci was born and raised in Arizona, living 12 years of her life in Flagstaff. She loves the outdoors! Her hobbies include going hiking and camping with her 5 rescue dogs as well as spending lots of quality time with her family. Her main focus right now is her job and schooling, as she is working towards becoming a veterinarian. The dedication she has to the animals has contributed to the success of Kingsmark!

  • David

    David - Night Attendant

    David was born and raised in Sierra Vista. He came up to Flagstaff to attend NAU and completed a degree in History with a BA! His family has had many animals throughout the years including dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and snakes. Some hobbies that keep him busy in his free time include playing strategy games and going hiking in the great outdoors. David is a perfect fit for Kingsmark, as he enjoys interacting and spending time with the animals!

  • Demi

    Demi - Shift Manager

    Demi grew up in California and found that she wanted a change of pace. Her personal interests led her to fall in love with Flagstaff and this is where she has been since! She has a big soft spot for animals and especially those in need as she worked hand in hand with her mother running a bulldog rescue for years. Eventually she would love to take part in or open her own Pitbull rescue! In her spare time she loves to go shooting and off-roading. Rylie, her Pitbull enjoys spending time with her on an adventure or relaxing on the couch! What a great addition to the team!

  • Don

    Donald - Night Attendant

    Donald aka Don reigns from Camp Verde. He currently resides in Flagstaff with his girlfriend and 2 dogs Stink & Buck. In his spare time he enjoys sports, such as football, soccer, disc golf and golf, as well as catching the latest movies out on Netflix. He enjoys the fulfillment he gets from being able to care for each and every guest. We are extremely appreciative of his meticulous cleaning regimen and attention to detail. Our guests are in safe hands with Don on nights!

  • Sierah

    Sierah - Night Attendant

    Sierah has lived in Flagstaff most of her life as her family became fond of the area when she was young. Her true passion and love has been animals for many years, and she looks forward to starting school to become a vet tech. She has two of her own fur balls that reside at home with her. One being a very energetic Pitbull named Miklo and the other, a fluffy Maine Coon named Slater! In her free time enjoys to do art and spend time with her friends, family and fur babies. Sierah has been a spectacular addition to the Kingsmark family!!

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