About Heartland Pet Resort

Heartland Kennels Pet Resort is a unique country resort hotel for pets. We care for a variety of pets the majority of which being cats and dogs of all sizes. We are conveniently located between Spencer and the Iowa Great Lakes on a paved county road about 3.5 miles West of Fostoria which is just off of HWY 71. Our number one goal is to provide your pet with a pleasurable experience that is safe, healthy and happy. Safe, clean and fun, our country resort is the ultimate pet destination. We offer a unique experience you will not find anywhere else. A quite country setting on nearly 13 acres is a doggie paradise with countless leisure activities for your pet on their stay, customized and professional full-service grooming salon services, and the only training academy in NW Iowa! Need a solution to keep your dog in your yard? We are the areas Dog Watch Hidden Fence dealer as well. We also have a specialty boutique with unique and high-quality gifts and toys, supplies and training aides as well as all-natural treats.

The best part about Heartland Kennels Pet Resort are the owners and their wonderful staff. The owners Miranda and Eric Shannon live on site with their three children Sean (6 yrs), twins Brayden and Laura (3.5 yrs) and their fur children dogs Yukon, Dakota, Mia and Chloe and their cats Felix and Trixie. Having the owners on-site provides added peace of mind when leaving your pet on vacation. Heartland Kennels Pet Resort has been in the business of spoiling pets since 1994. Miranda and Eric have been the owners for a little over a year. However, Miranda grew up in NW Iowa graduating from Emmetsburg High School and started working at Heartland Kennels because of her love for animals about 14 years ago. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Science Pre-Vet Med in 3 years. This is where she met her husband Eric as he got his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout the years no matter which direction her life has gone, Miranda always loved working for Heartland Kennels as the kennel manager. For over 14 years she has enjoyed spoiling your pets, watching them grow up, cried when they had to cross that rainbow bridge and rejoice when a new member joined the family. Now that she and her husband Eric are able to fulfill a longtime dream to continue giving your pet’s the best home away from home at Heartland Kennels Pet Resort as the owners. They are making some exciting changes including but not limited to some wonderful upgrades to the facilities to help make both your experience as a customer more enjoyable and that of your pets’ as well. They have expanded the training academy programs and added a retail boutique and office. With a vision to do many other improvements over the years. While Miranda and Eric love everyone of our guests and we strive to spend as much time with everyone as possible. We realize it takes a great team to give the kind of care and experience that we are dedicated to providing for our guests. This means we have a large staff of animal lovers to provide more one on one time for your pets weather it is playing fetch with Mikael in the large yards, going for walks with Chloe or Sophie on the nature trails, getting baths and pampered by Tab or Ellie, playing in the water with Kelsey or just getting some extra snuggles from Audrey, Rachel, Kiaya or any of our other staff members. All of our staff as well as ourselves love animals and look forward to spoiling your dog with personal attention while striving to consistently provide our guests with the highest quality of care possible. We are dedicated to providing the ultimate in comfort, health and safety for each of our guests and we strive to make every guests’ experience as enjoyable as possible.

Our Remodel

We have a vision to really put the "resort" in Heartland Kennels Pet Resort. We are doing this by remodeling, updating and improving our wonderful facilities. Making everything better for our customers and our wonderful 4-legged guests. Like any great resort, your dog will be able to enjoy a variety of activities such as nature walks, tons of room to run, swimming, obstacle courses and much more all without leaving our resort grounds.  With our ongoing remodeling we are adding to these wonderful activities and making our guest suite accommodations even better giving your pet the vacation they look forward to.