Though it advertises itself as the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities, Animal Ark’s homey facility seems more like a relaxing retreat for the more than 1,000 homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits that come through its doors each year. Cats bask in sunlight within feline apartments as dogs lounge atop soft raised beds in their own spacious kennels, sinking teeth into chew toys and treats. Of course, time at Animal Ark isn't all leisure. Canines awaiting their forever homes stretch their legs across a large outdoor play yard, aptly named the Ark Park, where ample trees and greenery mix with park benches where dogs can train their human friends to sit.
Potential owners can also get to know adoptable pets online. The website posts a first-person profile of each available animal that lists its breed, personality, and master’s degrees.
In a facility with 14,000 square feet of romping room, Dog Days' trained staff monitors fun, friendly play among pooches. In addition to grooming and training pups, the staff also oversees daycare quarters comprised of climate-controlled indoor areas and an outdoor playground ringed with secured fencing. Canines undergo testing for temperament and vocabulary before being divvied up into separate groups according to size. Once at play, they share Kong toys, tennis balls, and colorful playground equipment.
After recreation eats up waking hours, boarded pooches snuggle into comfy suites named for European and tropical getaway locales. Each room has a cozy bed that's cleaned regularly. Staffers also wipe down toys, play equipment, and bowls every night with cleaning solution to ensure a safe, healthy environment for their four-legged guests.
Amy Rosenthal is a dog’s best friend. As the owner of Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding and a lifelong dog lover, she is constantly onsite, overseeing the housing, grooming, and training services her staffers provide for furry pals. Amy’s multifarious background includes studying dog behavior, working for various animal organizations, and lapping up numerous bowls of bacon bits, all of which reinforce her ability to understand pooches and keep them safe, happy, and healthy while owners are away. The facility houses dogs of all sizes inside spacious kennels during overnight stays, and offers plenty of indoor and outdoor play areas for daycare activities, as well as designated areas for older dogs and pets recovering from injuries.
At Lucky Dog Pet Lodge, experienced and caring dog lovers supervise playtime and pampering services across 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Paws tear into an 18,000-square-foot outdoor yard or clomp across a 7,000-square-foot indoor space as dogs wrestle with fellow canines and chase new furry friends. Automatic watering stations constantly circulate fresh water for tongues to lap, and an air-exchange system continuously circulates fresh air throughout the center. Dogs preferring rest, solitude, or the Politics section of the New York Times can find sanctuary in quiet areas of the center, spending one-on-one time with the staff. Owners can also treat their four-legged companions to Lucky Dog's boarding services, which include 10 hours of daycare per day and private suites furnished with fresh blankets and cushy Kuranda dog beds.Groomers scrub pups and seasoned trainers practice behavior modification, teaching canines to sit, stay, and answer phones in a British accent. All doggy emergencies are handled in the capable care of staff members trained in dog-specific first aid and CPR.
At Edina Pet Hospital, Dr. Jill Eversman and Dr. Jean Jarvis and their staff welcome furry friends for a bevy of hospital, boarding, and bathing services. Within a large, clean setting, they offer diagnostic checkups, x-rays, dental, lab, and pharmaceutical services for dogs and cats. They also offer dietary and behavioral counseling, boarding, and emergency care.