Tail Waggers Playhouse’s dog-loving staff pulls triple duty as room-service attendants, spa technicians, and personal trainers for pampered pooches. Under the guidance of canine-conscious owners Jeff and Monica McKinney, staffers supervise leisurely frolics among groups of dogs during daycare, and ensure each individual dog is safely tucked into his or her private, climate-controlled kennel for overnight stays. Pet owners should pack doggie overnight bags with travel essentials including bedding, food, and extra salmon-flavored coins for tipping the kitten bellhops.
The Paw Patch Veterinary Hospital teems with dogs and cats visiting for check-ups and grooming from a team of expert vet technicians, assistants, and doctors. They perform a host of services that range from surgery and microchipping to senior care and wellness exams. The expert groomers wash hides and trim nails, or invite guests to bring their pooch to self-serve wash stations, which supply owners with plenty of shampoo to wash off the thick coat of mud, seeds, and sagebrush that accumulates on pets.
During kitten season, which runs from early spring to late fall, thousands of kittens move through shelters. The kittens come from urban shelters or feral colonies, and therefore need time to grow healthy and socialize with humans before moving into adoptive families. Southside Animal Shelter's kitten care package helps prepare kittens for adoption with three vaccines in a single combined FVRCP shot, two dewormings, spaying or neutering when the animal reaches an appropriate age and weight, and a microchip implant for permanent identification.
As graduates of three dog-training programs, Erin Nanney and Jodi Parks are well equipped with the skills to manage the throngs of four-legged companions that visit their 3,000-square-foot boarding facility. The dog-loving duo primps pooches with their grooming services for small, medium, and large canines and lavish daycare and boarding guests equally with exhilarating playtime and at least four walks a day.
For overnight guests, the team has furnished 12'x5' rooms with comfortable cots which, like state-mandated belly rubs, give dogs another excuse to unwind from the rigors of life.
On average, IndyHumane spends $600–$800 to care for each animal in its shelter, and in 2010, it cared for more than 6,000 animals. Although the shelter does not euthanize animals because of time or space, its limited food, medical, and staff resources constrain the number of animals it can accept. The Humane Society of Indianapolis relies on contributions, grants, and adoption fees to fund the services it provides.