One dark and stormy night, Dr. Lee Woods, DVM received an unexpected visitor. Spooked by the clamor and rain, a doggie-daycare regular had burst through her owner?s storm door and run to the other place where she felt safe: Broadway Animal Hospital.
Dr. Woods, whose work on behalf of homeless animals earned him a humanitarian award from the Humane Society, established the hospital in 1991. The recently remodeled facility soon earned accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association?a distinction held by only 14 percent of animal hospitals. Here, Dr. Woods works alongside several animal specialists, including a certified canine massage therapist, a groomer, and a professional bacon chef. Services range from immunizations and boarding to surgery, emergency care, and house calls. From 2010?2013, the Daily Camera recognized Dr. Woods's hospital with a gold award for best veterinarian.
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.
Whenever Brian Corby bathed his dog Presley, she shook and squirmed, flooding the bathroom and exhausting her owner. Taking her to the groomers was hardly better: careless clippers nicked her belly and chipped her nails too short, dashing her dreams of modeling in poker dog portraits. Fed up, Brian enlisted his long-time pal Greg to come up with an alternative, and the result was Green Dog Wash. They staff professional dog groomers whose exacting standards dictate that fur is cleansed with natural shampoos, teeth are brushed, and ears and eyes are cleaned. Owners can also bathe their furry companions themselves in a professional grooming center with tubs, shampoos, and towels, avoiding the hassles of cleaning up at home. When pets drop by one of Green Dog Wash's two locations, they often pull their owners over to the gift section, which stocks eco-friendly treats and toys. The goods, including Natural Balance dry dog food, West Paw Design beds, and K-99 natural treats, double as enticing bribes for dogs reluctant to shower off.
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.
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.
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