Cat and Dog rolling in Grass

About Us

When Pat & Hilary Cleary purchased First Class Kennels in 2010, they realized a dream they shared for a decade. Their mission has always been to provide best in class pet care for area pet owners.  They continue to make improvements to the business, always with the view of enhancing guest experience and customer service.

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 for 20 years. More recently, they have added Clumber Spaniels to their family and are working with them in conformation and obedience.  The oldest Clumber, Clarence,  is also a certified Therapy Dog and makes regular visits to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a member of the CLTCanineCrew.

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 Pet Resort’s Guest Services Team shares a passion for pets and is committed to providing first class care and service to you and your special companion.


Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday and Holidays

Holiday Hours

First Class Kennels will not have public hours on the following holidays in 2022:

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 5 – Labor Day
Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve, closing at noon

Driving Directions

First Class Kennels is located minutes from Gastonia and Lincolnton just off Highway 321. From Highway 321, take the Hardin Road exit west to Dallas-High Shoals Highway (Route 321 Business) and turn right. Go north for approximately one mile. First Class Kennels is on the right.

701 S. Lincoln Street
Dallas, NC 28034

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