Across the street from the Red Bluff Animal Hospital sits a large house surrounded by green lawns and fenced-in outdoor play areas. Inside, Red Bluff Pet Resort’s licensed trainers and behavior therapists see to their tail-wagging and nose-nuzzling guests’ every need with daycare, lodging, grooming, and training. Their dog suites feature large beds and Skype-enabled computer screens so that owners can digitally visit their pets. Alternatively, their multilevel kitty condos allow independent pets to enjoy a relaxing stay without being bothered by dogs or chairmen of neighborhood committees. Their training options range from puppy classes and obedience lessons to one-on-one lodge-and-learn packages for when owners are on vacation.
Dedicated to eliminating animal cruelty, abuse, and overpopulation, the Houston Humane Society cares for thousands of homeless animals each year. According to the ASPCA, the average cost of food, supplies, medical care, and training for one cat or dog ranges from $700 to $875 annually. As the Houston Humane Society receives no federal, state, or local funding, it relies completely on donations to provide continued care for its animals.
Bark's 5th Avenue pampers pooches with advanced grooming services, romp-ready facilities, and a highly trained staff. The grooming procedure includes a full range of beauty-bolstering treatments: shampoo, ear cleaning, toenail trim, anal gland expression, brushing, coat polish, and more. Each pet will leave with a free bandana and a commitment to put down the newspaper and go sit on his or her master's foot. Prices depend on the dog's size and condition, and average around $41.
Hotel guests don't often get free hugs and head-pats from the staff during their stay. That service is unique to Meadowlake Pet Resort. Helmed by a team of experienced animal enthusiasts, the pet hotel cares for dogs and cats with private, climate-controlled suites and a panoply of animal-friendly activities. Canines and felines alike get to spend the night in rooms and condos outfitted with amenities such as high windows for natural light, flat-screen TVs and outdoor patios, and soothing music as each pet dreams about finally chasing down that mail carrier.
The resort's specially trained staff escort dogs outside, where they can play on four acres of green space, walk down nature paths, and dip in an outdoor diving pool. Cats, meanwhile, are set free to frolic or lounge in a screened-in porch with tiered climbing platforms and a selection of fine toys. These staff members also perform healthcare services such as daily five-point wellness checks, and they monitor daily feedings using NutriSource Super Premium food. To keep suites clean, staff scour each room with hospital-grade cleaning systems. To keep pets clean, they lather coats with specialty shampoos at an on-site pet spa.
A little dog with big separation anxiety can tear apart a house in 2.5 minutes. Avoid the cost of refurnishing and send the little angel to Deogi Dog Spa and Resort on Washington for day care instead. Located near the 610 and 10 freeways in Houston, Deogi Dog Spa and Resort is a convenient drop-off point for pooches and pups who just can’t stand to be left alone. They luxury canine accommodations work well for frequent travelers, and they open at 6:00 a.m. on weekdays in case nearby early bird workers simply want to give their dog a bit of socialization while their owners are trapped in the office all day. Expect lots of pampering, including an indoor-outdoor play time, grooming packages and spa-style baths that will make your dog feel loved. It’s good to live the house dog life.
Following an oil spill in 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center established itself as an emergency room and rehabilitation facility where people could take sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Animals remain at the center and undergo medical care and regular feeding until they are strong enough to reenter the wild. The center also receives questions about wildlife issues and maintains a focus on public awareness through a variety of educational programs on urban ecosystems and conservation issues. TWRC only uses certified rehabilitators and veterinarians to handle the animals, and conducts its own two-day skills seminar to train rehabilitators every year.