Our people care about animals at Highland Kennel. We are trained experts who also love what we do. Here is a summary of our key personnel and staff. For those of you who enjoy seeing animal photos and hearing more about animal antics, visit our blog to see and learn more.

Andre de Garmeaux

"Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe, clean, comfortable and fun ‘home away from home’ for our four-legged friends to enjoy — allowing you to have a worry-free getaway." — Andre

Owner / Operator
  In Brief

After running the day-to-day operations of this family-built business for over a decade, Andre took over full-time operations and has continued to nurture Highland Kennel into the pet-loving, clean, caring, much-loved facility it is today.

Prior to taking over full-time management of Highland Kennel, Andre spent 18 years in a wide-ranging career in technology, including Planning Research Corporation, BDM International and Micro Warehouse Inc. This experience helps him look after and make smart decisions for the business side of this friendly establishment.

Over the last 8 years, Andre has spearheaded the facelift of Highland Kennel, updating lighting, flooring, landscaping and, of course, creation and evolution of this website (many thanks and kudos to Katie @ embodyart).


Amanda DiPianta

“We are blessed to have Amanda with us; she is a friendly and knowledgeable pet professional who has been a strong and welcome addition to our team.” — Andre

Onsite Kennel Manager
  In Brief

Red Cross Certified in Canine CPR
Splash Certified in Grooming Safety

Amanda is a born animal lover. She cut her teeth in the kennel business as an Onsite Kennel Technician at an indoor / outdoor facility in Virginia from 2003–2006. In 2006, she joined a national chain as a groomer's assistant and moved to New Jersey. She has been with the Highland Kennels family since February 2007.


Animal Care Provider Team

“Since working with Highland Kennel, I have never been unhappy with what I do. Dogs have an unconditional love for their human companions that never fails to amaze me.” — Courtney

Highland Kennel Team
  In Brief

Our animal-loving staff loves working here — and it shows. The love, concern and responsibility of our dedicated providers towards animals make our team what we feel is the best in the business. Highland Kennel has been rated Best of Howell for Boarding two years in a row, demonstrating the level of commitment of our staff.


All our staff members have their own pets, ranging from lizards to cats, dogs, fish and rabbits.



We're proud to say that some of our alumni are studying and have become veterinarians!


Ryan Donahue, Highland Kennel alumnae, veterinarian

Lyndsey Emerich, Highland Kennel alumnae, studying veterinarian