At Montross Quarter Horses, Inc., instructors John and Laura Montross teach students of all skill levels how to ride starting at the age of four. Backed by vast experience, the duo combines its equestrian expertise during private and semi-private lessons, where it emphasizes fundamentals, proper horsemanship, and proper grooming techniques. The Montross' facility presents students with a number of different riding areas, including trails and indoor and outdoor arenas for year-round practicing.
Owner Dr. Paula Bullock doesn't want the cost of veterinary care to be the reason people must give up their pets. That's why she opened Affordable Animal Care, a full-service veterinary hospital. There, she and her team work with clients to develop affordable-treatment plans. Treatments include spaying and neutering, as well as medical, dental, and surgical procedures. Vaccinations are also available, with walk-ins welcomed for pets 1 year and older.
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.
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.
Geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman founded Carolina Tiger Rescue in the 1970s as a breeding sanctuary for large carnivores whose habitats had become unsafe. Its original intent was to protect wild species that were crucial to the survival of particular ecosystems, sustaining the populations until their home habitats were protected enough to support them without risk. Today, the organization protects wild cats in captivity and in nature by providing homes for abandoned or neglected cats, raising awareness about the threats to these animals, and assisting with conservation efforts in rainforests and wild habitats. Carolina Tiger Rescue currently houses more than 70 carnivores, including tigers, black leopards, ocelots, caracals, servals, and kinkajous. Many of the facility's residents have been rescued from dangerous situations in urban spaces and private breeding facilities. Now they have a lifelong home in re-created natural habitats.
A team of talented veterinarians lead the way at Animal Hospital at Brier Creek, where they take care of furry friends using state-of-the-art technology in a warm and loving environment. Owners can tune in to a 24-hour website with cameras trained on their pets to keep an eye on their recovery, and dogs and cats receive free bandanas or catnip with their visits. See the hospital's FAQ page for additional information.
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.