Hilltop Kennels

Pet Boarding & Pet Sitting | Cedar Rapids, IA

about this business

Hilltop Kennels is one of the finest boarding facilities in Cedar Rapids. We are located at 1403 Wilson Ave. SW, just ten minutes north of the Eastern Iowa Airport. The kennel sits on six beautiful acres. Hilltop Kennels was established in 1979 and is privately owned and operated. Hilltop Kennels provides a private indoor/outdoor run for each dog and separate boarding area for cats. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable stay for your pet.

Personal attention is always given to your pet to make him or her feel at home. To create this comfortable feeling, we provide:

Deluxe indoor/outdoor runs
Perimeter security fence
Raised resting platforms
Premium "ProPac" pet food
Experienced, friendly staff
Accommodations for cats

We also offer playtimes, exercise sessions, and daycare for an extra fee.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment for all animals entrusted to our care. It is our goal to be insightful and sensitive to the special needs of each individual pet in order to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Our greatest pleasure is to know that your pet felt safe and secure while staying at Hilltop Kennels.


Hilltop Kennels has been in business for over 35 years. We want to make your pets stay here a memorable one. We know leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be a tough decision. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and we want to assure you that your pets are being cared for by experienced animal lovers.

About The Owners

David and Kelly Hellman took over Hilltop Kennels in December 2014. They have been raising cats and dogs all of their lives and are animal lovers. They also have two children, Ella and Gracie. The reason they went into the kennel business is because it has been a dream of theirs to one day own a kennel. Kelly has done in home daycare for many years so she has a lot of experience caring for your loved ones, whether they are pets or children. She is also a graduate of Kirkwood Community College with a Pet Grooming Diploma and grooms at Hilltop.


Hilltop Kennels staff are experienced animal lovers as well. They will treat your pet like they are part of our family. Many members have been watching and caring for dogs for over 20 years. We know that they have the experience to give your pets a wonderful stay here. Your pet will be taken care of by what we believe are the best care takers around, making you and your pet's experience here a wonderful one.

Contact Us
Phone: 319-363-1054
Fax: 319-364-4648
Email: David@HilltopKennelsIowa.com

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Hours of Operation

  • sunday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm


  • Boarding
  • Daycare
  • Doggie Shuttle
  • Grooming

Payment Types

  • American Express
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa


  • Twelve years ago we adopted Sophie. Because we traveled often, we knew we would need to find her a "home away from home". We sure did when we started taking her to Hilltop Kennels! In the beginning I would feel guilty leaving her behind, then I realized she loved it! She would get so excited when we told her she was going to her 'spa'. Enroute to the kennel she knows when we turn left on Wilson Ave. we are close, and she starts getting excited. By the time we are there, she's so ready to get out of the van that she'll climb over us to get to the door if we take too long. After we walk around the beautiful property we check-in and she doesn't look back (even though I want her to). Regardless of how long her 'vacation' is, when I go to pick her up we'll go outside, walk around (again) and then she goes back to their door! At first that hurt, but then I realized that she loved it there. I know when she is there, she is cared for like she is one of their own. They have always gone the 'extra mile' for us, and I honestly don't know what I would do without them!

    Kim W., North Liberty

  • We LOVE Hilltop Kennels! I've been boarding dogs at Hilltop Kennels for more than 22 years. Indoor and outdoor areas in their clean, roomy kennels give dogs room to move around. They even offer extra playtime with the animals which I love. It gives the dogs more attention and interaction while away from home. My Lab has a large variety of allergies and can't have a number of foods/toy materials common to most dogs. Everyone is helpful and careful to avoid those things. They ensure he receives his medication as required. No one could ask for more friendly, caring owners and staff!

    Chris B., Cedar Rapids

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1403 1/2 Wilson Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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