Baked goods pile high in white dishes or on tiered glass trays, and are sprinkled with colorful crystals imbued with the flavors of peanut butter, pumpkin, and more. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming's treats please the palates of canines, rather than their human counterparts. Bags of gourmet pet food, toys, and other supplies dedicated to pooch owning sit neatly arranged on evenly spaced racks throughout the store's pastel and stone interior. In the back, a dedicated grooming area—staffed by an equally dedicated groomer—provides an area for owners to pamper their pets with a full wash, and owners can even perform the duties themselves at the self-service station, with the staff cleaning up afterwards.
Brier Creek Pet Hotel proprietor Lisa Sarvas is a veterinarian who also breeds and shows dogs. The pet hotel—which offers both daycare and boarding—is an extension of her love for animals.
Daycare charges enjoy several indoor or outdoor play periods, either in groups or one-on-one with staff members. Overnight guests bunk down in private suites with access to a covered outdoor run; upgrades include elevated beds, televisions, and exclusive exercise space. There's also a groomer on staff to make sure dogs look their best for any upcoming dates with fire hydrants.
Paws At Play supports pet owners with a variety of services from doggie daycare and cat boarding to pet grooming. During doggie daycare, pets get access to an indoor play gym, multiple outdoor play yards, and a dog pool. Overnight boarders can take advantage of these amenities before hunkering down in one of 38 private suites, which feature a window, adjustable feeding bowls, and raised bedding. The facility also boasts 18 private cat suites where felines can bask in natural sunlight and sway to the sounds of classical music. Separate ventilation systems prevent the smell of canine boarders from stressing out visiting cats.
Dogs naturally travel in packs, eat in packs, and play in packs, which is why the dog nannies at Happy Tails Dog Care socialize each tail-wagging guest with the other dogs in their cage-free boarding facility. Every four hours at the daycare center, the pet specialists walk the dogs using proper leash methods to prevent them from tugging. They also provide daily grooming services by clipping nails, brushing coats and teeth, and cleaning ears. In addition to cleaning pets, dog nannies are on hand every hour of the day.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County was originally founded in 1969 to transform the region into a humane area where every animal could find a home. Today, it works toward this goal by sheltering and securing the adoption of more than 3,000 animals every year and providing lost-and-found services for missing pets. The organization also supports pet owners with classes to help them care for their animals and addresses the problem of overpopulation through catch-and-release spay or neuter programs.
Soap bubbles float through the air as dogs try to outdo each other by catching them between their teeth. Meanwhile, their comrades bound up playground slides and race across artificial turf. At Dog Holiday Resort, the staff aims to keep its daycare and boarding charges active throughout the day with these types of energy-busting activities. The dogs spend most of the day socializing in one of the play yards with like-minded pups. They chase balls thrown by an automatic machine and cool off in dog-sized pools as attentive staff members keep a close watch. Dogs who are less active due to age or temperament can cuddle with staff members on sofas in the lounge. Meanwhile, cats get similar treatment in their own sanctuary, preening under one-on-one attention from staff. As pets enjoy themselves, owners can check in on their canine or feline charges via webcam. Additionally, the center offers training classes, during which dog owners learn to influence their pooches with basic commands such as "sit," "stay," and "give me back my shoe." Both training sessions and grooming appointments can be arranged during daycare or boarding, so that dogs look and act their best when they are reunited with their owners.