There are probably more good places to board your dog near you then you think, as the really good ones don’t advertise a lot of the time. Before picking a new facility set up a tour and bring your dog(s) so you can see where the dog is staying, and how safe it is. A good kennel will have a plan for emergency vet care if needed. The last place I worked, our emergency vet was less than 5 minutes away. Dogs at kennels that allow for play time may get some bumps and scratches, but I never saw a serious injury happen at the places I have worked.