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Royalton Kennels

Providing Pets With Comfort, Safety, & Love Since 1988

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Dedicated animal caregivers who live to shower your pets with love!

Backed by decades of experience, our owners turned their passion for animals into a successful business that’s here to help you care for your pets.

Meet the animal lovers behind Royalton Kennels!

Owners Hal and Ellen Kapen are from the New York City area. They were both active in the medical field in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. In 1988, they retired to Louisville, KY area to open Royalton Kennels, a five-acre dog paradise in Fern Creek.

The Kapens have had family pets since 1970 and acquired their first “show dog” in 1982. They have been showing their Rhodesian Ridgebacks since 1983 in AKC conformation and obedience events.

One of their dogs was the #1 Ridgeback in conformation events in the United States in 1990. They are active members of the Louisville Kennel Club, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States and the American Boarding Kennel Association.

Hal and Ellen live on the premises of the boarding kennel, so you can trust that your family’s pets are always under close and loving supervision!

Our Services


Check out the amazing features of our kennel!

  • 15,000 square feet
  • Louisville’s largest indoor/outdoor runs
  • State of the art indoor facility with radiant heated floors
  • Calming music played throughout the facility to soothe your pets
  • Climate controlled environment
  • Owners live on premises
  • Cat condos
  • Presidential suites fully furnished with toddler beds, comforters, and pillows.

We provide imitation sheepskin bedding for all guests but welcome you to bring your favorite food, toys, and treats. Missing something? Purchase some scrumptious goodies from our boutique!

Keeping your cats and dogs comfy until you come home!

  • Playtime – individual interaction with a staff member on grassy, fenced in area and doggy playground equipment with ramps, tunnels, kiddy pools and toys
  • Cuddle time – your pet interacts with a staff member one-on-one
  • Peanut busters – peanut butter and treat in rubber Kong toys
  • Frosty treats – non-fat frozen yogurt for dogs
  • Nature walk through the three-acre, fenced-in wooded property
  • Treadmill for working out
  • Holiday dinners – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day!