Chris and Petra Lovey met whilst working for the RSPCA more than 30 years ago. They got married, raised two kids and in 2007 purchased their 100 acre river front hobby farm in Kuranda.

Petra remained in the animal field, obtaining a Diploma in Applied Science, Animal Technology and working in boarding kennels, veterinary clinics, zoos and sanctuaries.

Petra is highly qualified to look after all your canine needs and to administer all types of medications and injections.

In 2004, Petra returned to University, obtaining a Journalism/Communications degree and writing human interest, pet and wildlife stories for magazines in Australia and overseas.

In 2011, Petra was awarded a Hero to Animals Award from PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) after risking her life to rescue a stranger’s dog and performing lifesaving CPR.

K9 River Retreat began in April 2014, following several encounters with people that refused to leave their ‘fur kids’ in conventional kennels. We provide a stress free, loving environment with lots of personal attention and playtime. Our 2500 square metres of secure, enclosed yards, boasting sand pits, plunge pools, bridges and agility courses are suitable for even the most active dogs, while our small, cosy yards and air-conditioned bedrooms are a haven for old, deaf, blind and nervous pooches.

K9 River Retreat only boards up to 15 dogs at any one time, so you can be assured your beloved dog will get all the love, care and attention it needs.

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