Kathy Centala has been a proud cat lover for 25 years. When she founded Purrfect Pals in 1988, she operated the organization as a modest cat boarding facility that took in the occasional homeless cat. However, she quickly recognized that these homeless kitties were part of a much large group of cats in need, and she began taking on more and more cats rather than let suffer from hunger and neglect on the streets. When she ran out of room at home, she moved the organization to a five-acre estate in rural Arlington, Washington, allowing her to provide a loving temporary home for cats and broaden her goal to putting an end to feline homelessness in Puget Sound.
Today, her organization provides a sanctuary where all cats – including feral cats, cats suffering from leukemia and FIV, and cats with behavioral issues – can enjoy the love and attention they deserve. Kathy’s adoption and rehabilitation programs allow Purrfect Pals to place more than 2,500 cats and kittens in loving homes each year. Furthermore, she seeks to educate families on the importance of spaying and neutering and humane ownership.
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At Wizard of Paws, one of the city's only government-certified groomers, Rachel Walker and her team of canine-savvy stylists specialize in washing and trimming all manner of dog fur on breeds as small as a chihuahua or as large as a bernese mountain dog. Armed with natural shampoos and cleansers, as well as a repertoire of clipper- and scissor-based shearing techniques, the groomers snip overlong coats, ensuring pups are no longer able to hide a cache of smuggled treats on their backs. The groomers also carry a selection of holistic and grain-free food and treats, and they never kennel-dry beloved pooches.
Along with running daycare and boarding services, the staff at Nirvana Pet Resort treats dogs and cats to professional grooming using tearless, hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners with UV protection. Before getting to that, though, they ensure a safe, fun atmosphere by requesting all new dogs take a temperament test during a meet-and-greet session. Training sessions then use motivation, praise, and correction techniques to teach dogs how to stay calm when they see a celebrity with no makeup on.
The chief tenant of the Just Love Animals Society's mission is to educate pet owners about holistic animal care. To achieve this, the nonprofit's directors help to organize events such as Pet-A-Palooza, one of Victoria's largest one-day pet adopt-a-thons, and Running of the Bulls, a 10K race for Chihuahuas in costume. These efforts directly impact local rescue shelters, generating both the funds and awareness needed to keep them operating and placing animals with loving families.
As a completely independent enterprise, Just Love Animals Society relies solely on fundraising, donations, and volunteerism.
As one of the first veterinary practices in Canada to install an underwater treadmill and therapy pool, Aldergrove Animal Hospital gives pets care that rivals what their owners get. In tandem with The SPAW Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, therapists heal dogs with aquatic care that ranges from therapeutic ultrasounds to non-impact water exercise. Of course, Drs. Jeff Bowra and Sharon Moloney and their team of animal-care specialists would prefer that dogs never need physical therapy, which is why they provide preventative and emergency veterinary care tailored for puppies and kittens through senior animals. They also strive to take care of animals beyond the hospital's facilities, giving owners online care guides on topics such as parasite prevention and how to save for dog college.