Dog City, a daycare and boarding facility, is managed as a "right livelihood" business, meaning that as much as possible, the staff strives to give back to the community in all of its efforts. Marketing and promotion are funneled primarily through nonprofit organizations, and boarding and daycare are always available pro bono for ill or homeless owners. As pups cavort around the 6,000-square-foot indoor space, they might play fetch with a member of Chinook Clubhouse, which partnered with Dog City to provide employment options for those with special needs, benefitting both them and the dogs. Two outdoor yards mean big dogs can play without fear of smaller dogs trying to hitch a ride on their ears, and overnight guests bunk down in their own private areas.
Camp Bow Wow's Home Buddies tend to pets of all walks of life, dropping by for a quick visit in the midst of any lengthy workday or weekend away. A free initial in-home consultation, assessing the animals' needs and quirks, prefaces the service and enables Home Buddies to craft an comprehensive plan for each 30-minute visit. The compassionate companion wranglers can handle nearly any species and address swarms of animalian needs, from administering medication to cleaning litter boxes and helping gerbils with their quantum-physics dissertations.
Raised on a New Mexico ranch, Jordan Di Marco has been an animal person her whole life. After starting Dogma Catma Pet Sitting as a side job while in college, she soon realized it was her calling. Understanding that pets are most comfortable at home, Jordan and her staff provide services that include pet visits while owners are away. During that time, they feed, medicate, and walk the animals. The staff also offers 12-hour overnight stays as well as grooming services and fish-tank maintenance.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircut and color
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell color
Brands Used: Matrix for retail
Green Dog Wash's self-service tubs are equipped with eco-friendly products to let you bond with your four-legged buddy without making an enemy of Mother Earth. Prior to your first sustainable sudsing, a friendly staff member will walk you through a comprehensive bathing orientation. During each of your three green washes ($12 each), you will be supplied with Green Dog Wash natural ShamPooch, towels, eye wipes, and ear wipes to ensure every cuddly inch of your canine is cleansed. Today's Groupon also gets your pawed protégé three professional nail trimmings ($10 each), primping your pup's paws until she's the belle of the squeaky ball.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.