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First Class Kennels was opened in 2005 with the goal of providing best in class pet care for area pet owners. The facility is second to none in the Gastonia/Lincolnton area as many, many happy pets and owners attest. When Pat & Hilary Cleary purchased the business, they realized a dream they shared for a decade. They continue to make improvements to the business with the goal of providing pets and their owners with the finest customer service in the area. Pat and Hilary live next door to the facility and keep a very close eye and ear on the guests in the kennel.  They are active in the 'dog world', showing and raising Irish setters. Prior to realizing their dream of owning an exceptional pet resort, they  owned a successful pet care services business in New Jersey where Hilary was also on the management team of one of the largest privately-owned veterinary hospitals  in the state. 

Like the Clearys, every member of the First Class Kennels Guest Services Team shares a passion for pets and is committed to providing first class care and service to you and your special companion.


Irish Setter Club of America
Charlotte Dog Training Club

Some of our Guests - photos by Hilary Cleary, proud owner of First Class Kennels

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