Halifax Humane Society aims to protect animals from neglectful, cruel, and exploitative treatment by providing shelter to homeless, lost, or abandoned animals as well as low-cost spay or neuter services and other animal-advocacy programs. The shelter cares for injured wildlife and approximately 13,000 dogs and cats each year, many of which are available for adoption.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
Boasting round-the-clock staffing and all-day supervision, Dog Day Afternoon ensures your pawed protégé is always safe and never gets lonely during his or her one-day and one-night stay. Boarding services include, at no extra cost, playtime in large fenced yards, walks, and standard medication administering. Check in on your pooch with Dog Day Afternoon’s playroom webcams, giving you front-row access to the frolicking and fun that your dog is enjoying while you’re stuck at a sales conference in Fort Myers. Most pups sleep alone in their own private, temperature-controlled room—if you have more than one dog for boarding, however, you can request keeping the whole furry family together. For utmost safety, little dogs and big dogs are boarded and tended to separately.
Plantation Pet Resort helps pets feel at home by giving them ample exercise and attention on 11 acres of grassy play space. Dogs bound into the day at 7:30 a.m., roaming in two shaded outdoor play yards—one for big dogs and one for small. A fenced grassy area provides plentiful space for energetic games of frisbee, fetch, and Pin the Tail on the Schnauzer. Canines barrel across turf and engage in friendly tussles for two hours as staff members give pets’ heated and air-conditioned suites a thorough clean. Happily weary dogs are led back to their spacious accommodations for breakfast and a nap, returning outside four to five more times during the day for a half hour or more. At night, TVs, DVDs, and radios keep pets from missing the comforts of home and the antics of favorite talk-show hosts.
Bark Bath and Beyond's pet-washing stations allows owners to bathe furry companions in a mess-free environment using professional equipment and products. Lead your cat or pooch into the cheery yellow-walled washing room and clip their lead to one of the sleek waist-high tubs, which helps spare human backs from straining. Don an apron and select a professional pet shampoo specially formulated to nurture delicate pet pH balances, such as Citrus Plus, which helps evict fleas without using toxic pesticides. Bark2Basics One Step Silky Shampoo Plus Conditioner's silk proteins leave coats bouncy, shiny, and plumeria-scented, and specialized D-Mat Conditioner helps reduce tough fur tangles and rebellious dreadlocks without the use of silicone or lanolin. Bark Bath and Beyond is closed Monday and Tuesday, and does not require appointments for self-serve wash visits.