Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.
Heritage Park and its volunteers are dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife, caring for more than 150 indigenous and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds in a 10-acre haven. Many of Heritage Park's animals were previously injured, abandoned, or marked with a human imprint that prevents them from rejoining their packs without bringing personalized coffee mugs for everyone. While prowling through the sanctuary, visitors might spy a mountain lion that was kept as a pet, a black bear that was orphaned by his mother, or a fox rescued from a swimming pool. Emus, tarantulas, and ring-tailed lemurs also run free in their habitats, serenading onlookers with their wild cries.
Heritage Park also plays an important role in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, granting asylum to critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, which are being reintroduced into the wild after a 20-year absence. The zoological sanctuary is open every day, with extended hours from May 1 to October 31 to give guests a chance to see animals that are usually out running errands during business hours.
Amid the saguaro cactus and abundant foliage, Michelle McVey operates the Desert Palms Equestrian Center facility with a deep passion for horseback riding, a hobby and career that began when she was five years old. Michelle and her team specialize in showing every level of rider proper saddle technique, as she’s coached students ranging from first-timers to Triple Crown winners. Inside two large outdoor arenas, private lessons focus on the student’s goals, whether that’s to have vigorous exercise or to simply learn the basics. Additionally, the center holds camps throughout the year, allowing kids to get a more in-depth experience with horse riding. During these camps, students ride twice daily, and receive education on horse care, tack components, and equine physiology.
Anthem Pet Medical Center is not different just because it cares for all kinds of family pets, but because it provides truly comprehensive care. That includes medical, surgical, and dental treatments, as well as holistic care, such as acupuncture. Whether families bring in a pooch, feline, rabbit, or rat, staff members perform treatments suited to the furry loved one with compassion and expertise.
At Kimbur Pet Wash & Suites, the dedicated staff pampers pets with full-service washing and boarding services while also allowing owners to bond with furry companions in do-it-yourself pet-washing bays. Sky-blue hues flow throughout the facility, creating a calming atmosphere for pets as they ease into specially designed tubs to enjoy a relaxing scrub from owners ($12+), professional staff members ($19+), or fed-up feline roommates. Each bay hosts a pup-friendly arsenal of toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and dryers, all of which can help to get canines ready for an evening at the dog prom or a stay in a private, carpeted suite. With each stay, boarded dogs receive up to four daily walks and up to an hour of individual playtime, as well as a nightly frozen treat.