Sycamore Lane Kennels Blog


Established in 1985, Sycamore Lane Kennels & Farm is located in the heart of Lodi Wine Country, on 130 acres of beautiful tranquil country living. After many years of successful Dog Shows & Conformation, Riney & Alicia Kahler started the kennels to service canines with special physical or medical needs. After realizing there was also a demand for basic kennel services for healthy pets, they began growing the facility one building at a time. Over the years it has evolved into a 108 dog kennels and 25 cat kennels. It is their desire to create the most complete care and services for your pet in the local area and over the years they have incorporated grooming, training, monitored playgroups and daycare. The Kahlers have recognized the impact of a quickly changing industry and belong to the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) and actively participate in continuing education for all employees.

PCSA  Pet Care Services Association

Your pet’s health & safety are our primary concern.

What does it mean to entrust your pet to a PSCA accredited pet care facility?

When you take your pet to a PCSA accredited facility you know that you are dealing with a pet care facility that complies with all of the “Standards of Excellence” required by the PCSA Voluntary Facilities Accreditation Program (VFA Program). This is the only pet industry program which enables participation facilities to demonstrate their commitment to exceptional pet care.

The VFA Program is administered by PCSA, the international trade association for the owners and operators of commercial pet care facilities, and offers you, the pet owner, the comfort of knowing that the accredited facility you are using has earned the PCSA “stamp of approval” by successfully completing this comprehensive program.

Pet care facilities that participate in the VFA Program must submit detailed information on their animal care procedures and business policies to PCSA. They must also successfully complete an onsite inspection by a VFA trained evaluator who verifies compliance with the standards of excellence that the program specifies.

The program standards include over 270 detailed requirements for pet care facilities that were developed by PCSA over a five year period. These standards reflect the views of kennel operators, veterinarians, pet owners, and humane organizations an thus represent the current “state of the art” in animal care and management.

What procedures are involved with the VFA Program?

Pet care facilities that enroll in the program must first submit extensive and detailed documentation showing that their business procedures and policies conform to the standards of the VFA Program. When PCSA has verified that all of the preliminary materials meet the program requirements, the applicant may then request an onsite evaluation of their facility.

When the facility has successfully completed the evaluation process and it has been verified they are in compliance with the program standards, a “Certificate of Accreditation” is awarded to the facility. But the process does not stop there! The program standards are continuously updated to reflect changes in the industry and the facility must repeat the entire process every five years in order to maintain accreditation.

Providing the best care for your pet is our business!

When you see the VFA Accreditation Ribbon displayed in a pet care facility, you can be assured that you are entrusting your beloved pet to the care of a dedicated leader in the industry and a facility which meets all of the industry standards for pet care.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the VFA Program or to obtain a copy of the VFA Evaluation Standards, contact PSCA using the information below:

Pet Care Services Association
The Global Resource for Pet Care Facilities

1702 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
877-570-7788 Toll Free
719-667-1600 Office
719-667-0116 Fax