Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.
Merlin's Full-Service Pet Care was named after owner Jessica Odell's bull terrier Merlin, whose ability to turn cats into turtles keeps visiting dogs in high spirits. Jessica and her tight-knit staff, including her mother and boyfriend, groom dogs of all sizes and provide pet-sitting and dog-boarding services. Jessica visits homes for pre-pet-sitting consultations, so animals have a chance to acclimate themselves to their substitute caretaker. At the onsite boarding facilities, dogs romp through double-fenced, tree-studded fields and enjoy climate-controlled individual boarding rooms, where they can eat their owners' homework without distraction.
Most pups greet their owners with thumping tails after workers from eco-friendly See Spot Run LLC visit. The staff believes that pets are usually most at ease in the comfort of their own homes. That’s why they make home visits instead of running a daycare facility. While pet owners are busy working, running errands, or vacationing, these bonded-and-insured employees spend time with their furry friends, playing fetch, taking walks, or helping them with their tax returns. Staff members will also stay overnight to comfort anxious pets while their owners are away.
The staff at TLC Pet Grooming wants all pets to look their best. That's why they spruce up dogs, cats, birds, and ferrets with baths, nail trims, and de-matting inside their welcoming spa-like confines. And they don't stop there. Once the pets are pampered, a staff member poses them in front of a seasonal backdrop for a portrait that pet parents can share with friends or pets can trade for treats.
Signature service: Dog trainer and behavior consultant
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Customized training sessions at your home and provided the tools to be successful with your goals.
Bell Road Animal Medical Center cares for pets like members of the family, ensuring quality treatment for every furry or feathered creature who comes through the door. The staff often diagnoses animals' health issues with lab tests performed onsite. After diagnoses, the team members treat animals' ailments. To do so, they may use advanced technology, such as laser therapy, or provide pets with medication from the center's onsite pharmacy. In addition to medical services, pet boarding is available at Bell Road's facility, which includes separate kennel areas for dogs and cats, elevated runs for pups, and kitty condos for felines. The center also provides customized doggy daycare for canines who need to get out of the house or lull the mailman into a false sense of complacency.