Specializing in loving, hands-on pet care
Closed for drop-off and pick-up on holidays
Opened in 1973, Gem Crest Kennels is owned and operated by Mona Allison and staffed by caring, knowledgeable employees. Our main priority is the safety and happiness of your pet left in our care during your absence.
We encourage pet owners to tour our facility to further educate themselves on the boarding process and to become familiar with the staff who will be caring for their pet.
Mona was born and raised in Baker City, OR. She graduated high school at the top of her class with 2 full–tuition scholarships. She had received numerous business student awards, and was known as the school artist as well. She chose Eastern Oregon College in LaGrande and later also completed an accounting course at Links Business College in Boise. She worked as a secretary at Anderson, Kaufman, and Anderson Law Firm and Provident Federal Savings before joining Intermountain Gas Co. in April 1957 for an 18 year career as Executive Secretary and Group Benefits Administrator. Mona and her late husband Lee turned their lifelong love of dogs into a business when they built and opened Gem Crest Kennels July 1, 1973.
Mona had always had dogs while growing up; a smooth fox terrier, cocker spaniel, collie, and a Pekinese. Her first German Shepherd Dog, Zack, was acquired in 1964 and excelled in obedience trials. This later led to a 30 year career in obedience training for Mona. Her devotion to this outstanding breed has continued all her life. She has bred and shown German Shepherd Dogs through the years, attaining championships and obedience titles. Ch. Gem Crest King Kamehameha C.D. (Kameha) received a dual title award from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America for getting his championship and obedience CD title in 1 year. Her breeding program has provided hundreds of people with cherished German Shepherd Dogs and that is her greatest joy.
Mona is a charter member of the Pet Care Services Association (formerly the American Boarding Kennels Association), the German Shepherd Dog Club of America, and the Better Business Bureau. She has a son, Steven, and 2 grandsons. Her hobbies include dog shows, world travel, art in all its forms, music, and spending time with her family. She currently owns 2 German shepherds: Ch. Woodsides CK Kid (KC), and its all about Me (MeMe). She also has 3 cats: Muffy (the house cat), Lily (the office cat), and Sammy (the kennel cat). Gem Crest Kennels has been the most satisfying endeavor of her life.
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Spencer grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a 2004 graduate of Cottonwood High School. In the fall of 2006 he moved to Boise, Idaho, where he immediately became employed at Pet City. He worked his way up to head kennel tech before joining the Gem Crest staff in July of 2008. Spencer received level one certification for pet care through the Pet Care Services Association (formerly the American Boarding Kennels Association) in June of 2009, and in September of 2012 was certified in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross.
Spencer and his family share their home with their 2 dogs: a rat terrier named Tucker, rat terrier mix named Taz and a cat named Lavender. In his free time, Spencer enjoys family time with his wife and son's, playing with his dogs, and being outside hiking and biking.
Deana was born and raised in the Seattle area and is a graduate of Lynnwood High School in Washington. She relocated to Boise with her family in the early 80’s.
Deana began her grooming career when she started at Gem Crest Kennels in December of 1985. She had been introduced to grooming the prior year and chose to make a career of it. She learned on the job by apprenticing and eventually was employed as a full–time groomer.
Deana has 2 miniature pinschers, Midge and Max. In her free time, she enjoys bowling on several leagues, cooking, reading, and crocheting.
After graduating from Twin Falls High School in 2002, Jasmine relocated to Boise. She joined the Gem Crest staff in May of 2006 where she learned all aspects of the boarding kennel. After the summer of 2007, she made the move to the groom shop where she worked as a bather while being a grooming apprentice. In July of 2008 Jasmine was hired on as a full–time, all–breed groomer, and her loyal client base is a testament to the quality of her work.
In May of 2009, Jasmine and her high school sweetheart were married. Jasmine and her husband have 2 daughters. They live with their dog: Mindi, a shih tzu, and their 2 cats, Baby Kitty, and Toakie. When not working or spending time with her own pets, Jasmine enjoys watching movies and cooking.
Lyndsie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Ever since she was a little girl she knew she wanted to help animals out as a career. This began her drive to become a Veterinarian. In high school Lyndsie took many Animal Science related courses as well as a class that gave her a chance to externship at two local animal clinics. She graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in the spring of 2015 with honors and a certification in kennel attending. Lyndsie started working at Gem Crest in the summer of 2015 and she continues to work when she is home on breaks.
Lyndsie now attends the University of Idaho as a Pre-Vet major. While up in Moscow, Idaho she is a part of a sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta as well as participating in the Pre-Vet club on campus. Lyndsie cares so much for all the animals around her and loves being at the kennel.
Outside of work and school Lyndsie loves to be out and about. She is very adventurous and loves camping, hiking, swimming, boating and so many other things. Not only does she have a deep love for animals, but she also cares for her family. She often helps out around the house and lends her parents a hand shuffling her younger siblings around to their activities. In addition to taking care of the animals at Gem Crest, Lyndsie also has some pets of her own. Her three dogs, Selena, Bella, Murphy as well as three cats, Coco, Scooby and Scrappy. Overall Lyndsie loves lending a helping hand and enjoys what she does.
Lyndsie Garrett, Kennel Staff
Vanessa was born and raised in the state of Maine, where she graduated from school in 1998. From a young age she knew she wanted to work with animals and began volunteering at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, Maine in 1983 and was later hired on as an employee. She remained with the shelter until 1998 and then went into the hotel industry where she quickly moved into
management. She continued to volunteer at the shelter off and on through the years.
She moved to Boise in April of 2013, and lives with her boyfriend and his two sons, as well as lab mix named Hauss, a cat named Shady and a house rabbit named Bucky. She is currently a student working towards her degree in Business Management. When not studying or working at Gem Crest she is often working on fundraisers to assist animal rescues in the southern states, reading, writing, or crocheting. She is passionate about her crocheting and also teaches classes on her craft.
Vanessa Russell, Assistant Manager
Bronwyn was born in Salt Lake City Utah and lived there for a couple of years before her family relocated to Boise. She is the oldest of 6 children: 4 girls and 2 boys and has a chocolate lab named Harley. She went to Meridian High School and graduated in 2013, got her first job right out of High School working as a cook for an assisted living facility. After that she worked at Michaels craft store, and now “here I am! I've been with Gem Crest since March 2016 and it's by far my favorite job. I have a great love for animals of every shape and size, so having an opportunity to work with them every day is the best.”
She spends her spare time traveling, hiking or adventuring in the mountains, exploring downtown Boise, attending concerts and spending time with friends.
Bronwyn Cravens, Kennel Attendant