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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 and the “Founding Father” of Coconino Community College, he wanted to put his distinct mark on the rough collie as well as boarding facilities in Northern Arizona, so he decided to offer Flagstaff an alternative to the same old idea of dog boarding. Thus began Kingsmark Kennels as a pet resort. 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, Rescue Round Up, Rez Rescue and High Country Puppy Rescue 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rachelle

    Rachelle - Shift Manager

    Rachelle is home grown, born and raised in Flagstaff! She loves, loves, loves animals and currently has over 16 of her own at home ranging from dogs and cats to horses and goats! In her free time, she enjoys hunting and training her horses. One of her aspirations in life is to become a certified vet tech and continue a career in the animal industry. We are thrilled to have her out in camp, maintaining a safe yet fun environment!

  • Renee

    Renee - Animal Care Manager

    Renee is also a home grown, born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ! She grew up around horses, cows, chickens, pigs and of course, dogs! Animals have always been a passion for her as she spent most of her free time helping local rescues, like Second Chance with fundraising and donations through the Animal Society Club. Other hobbies she enjoys is horseback riding, hiking and swimming. Renee is currently going to school to major in marine biology and minoring in zoology. Her spunky attitude and big heart make her a great assest to Kingsmark!

  • Tony

    Tony - Camp Counselor/Kennel Tech

    Tony was born in Washington, though moved all around the country until he landed in Flagstaff about a year ago. In his adventures across the country, tony became a part of the traveling circus act, where he learned how to become a professional flame thrower! Pretty Cool! He recently married the love of his life in Oct 2017 and is enjoying being a family man. All the campers love Tony as much as he loves them! Kingsmark is proud to have such a great guy a part of the team!

  • Daisy

    Daisy - Shift Manager

    Daisy was born and raised right here in Flagstaff, Arizona! She was an exceptional student and graduated from Coconino High School. Her love for animals has lead her down a path where she aspires to become a professional dog trainer and help families enjoy their perfect pet! She has three roommates, A dog named clover and two rats, Salt and Pepper! When she’s not loving on all the guests at work, she enjoys playing video games, scuba diving, hula hooping and teaching clover new tricks! Her attention to detail and passion for the industry has made her a perfect match for Kingsmark!

  • Kiley

    Kiley - Lead Office Tech

    Kiley was born and raised in Northern California near the Bay area. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Coastal Sciences emphasizing in organismal biology. After getting married in August of 2017, she moved to Flagstaff with her husband, so he could attend NAU’s Physical Therapy program. In her spare time, she loves playing sports, going on hikes, cooking, baking, reading and traveling to places she has never been. She aspires to continue her education in the medical field or to become an entrepreneur in the animal industry. As time goes on she hopes to have a family and many more adventures along the way! Kingsmark is lucky to be a part of her journey to success!

  • Chris

    Chris - Kennel Tech

    Chris grew up in San Diego California and moved to Arizona for school. He ended up staying in Flagstaff because he loved the area and the friends he acquired. Soon he proudly became a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in biology and an emphasis in zoology. Chris also became certified in wildlife ecology and management. His true passion lies with animals and building a career around them! He hopes to obtain a position at a zoo and get involved with the breeding program for endangered species. On the side he would like to also try a hand at breeding dart frogs and possibly some snakes to gain experience. It's safe to say he enjoys the outdoors and everything that comes with it, such as camping, hiking, backpacking and fishing! He truly is a natural fit for Kingsmark!

  • Ellis

    Ellis - Office Tech

    Ellis loves Flagstaff! She also loves everything that has to do with the arts, reading, writing and drawing! One day she hopes to attend NAU and acquire a business degree and become an entrepreneur and travel to Ireland! In her spare time, she enjoys cruising through the woods and connecting with nature! She finds the night sky to be mesmerizing! Ellis loves getting to spoil each and every guest at Kingsmark as it makes her feel whole! We are blessed to such an amazing young woman as a part of Kingsmark!

  • Heston

    Heston - Camp Counselor

    Heston calls himself a Hoosier, raised in the country of Indiana, he spent most of his childhood playing with dogs and enjoying the outdoors. He aspires to become an entrepreneur and acquire a real estate license. In his free time, he enjoys watching wilderness and vet shows as well as going to the zoo! Heston finds that working with the dogs everyday in entertaining and rewarding, especially at a place like Kingsmark, where it is expected to put the animal's welfare first! Kingsmark caught a great team member when Heston joined the family!

  • Jill

    Jill - Pet Stylist

    Jill started grooming dogs at the tender age of ten, when a neighbor hired her to brush out her husky, Tanker. That was the beginning of a desire to work with animals. Years later she worked in a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho grooming salon and was amazed how much she loved the work.

    Although she was raised and lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest, Jill fell in love with Flagstaff, Arizona when she was asked to move here and help a friend with caregiving for his family. After doing caregiving for a few years, Jill went back to her first love, bathing dogs!

    Jill is excited to be a part of Kingsmark, and she proudly brings 3+ years of experience to the job!

  • Jose

    Jose - Night Attendant

    Jose is 29-years-old and was born and raised right here in Flagstaff! He enjoys fixing and riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting and spending time with family.

    As well as going to concerts and traveling! He enjoys keeping all of our guest's safe at night and really has become an unmatchable asset to Kingsmark!

  • Olivia

    Olivia - Lead Kennel Tech

    Olivia is in love with animals, especially dogs. She is currently a full-time student at NAU majoring in Biology, to pursue Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she aspires to have a Victorian house to live in and her own Vet Clinic. When Olivia is not cuddling with her own Collies, she is having fun taking Kingsmark guests on walks. In her free time, she enjoys singing and ballroom dancing. We are elated to have Miss Olivia caring for our guests at Kingsmark!

  • Victoria

    Victoria - Kennel Tech

    Victoria Valenti is from New York and is currently going to school to be a nurse. Her passion is helping people and caring for animals. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Kingsmark, as it is helping her grow as person and fulfilling the love she has for animals. Her attention to detail and compassion for ensuring that every guest is cared for as if it was her own makes her a great addition to our team.

  • Charlie


    Charlie moved to Flagstaff over a year ago and is currently attending NAU to become a veterinarian. He enjoys expanding his collection of fish with new exotics as well as spending time with his 2 rescues, Baxter and Hazel. They all especially enjoy traveling and hiking throughout Northern Arizona! Kingsmark is thrilled to start this new adventure with Charlie and look forward to him making many new memories with all our guests!

  • Hannah


    Charlie moved to Flagstaff over a year ago and is currently attending NAU to become a veterinarian. He enjoys expanding his collection of fish with new exotics as well as spending time with his 2 rescues, Baxter and Hazel. They all especially enjoy traveling and hiking throughout Northern Arizona! Kingsmark is thrilled to start this new adventure with Charlie and look forward to him making many new memories with all our guests!

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