On average, IndyHumane spends $600–$800 to care for each animal in its shelter, and in 2010, it cared for more than 6,000 animals. Although the shelter does not euthanize animals because of time or space, its limited food, medical, and staff resources constrain the number of animals it can accept. The Humane Society of Indianapolis relies on contributions, grants, and adoption fees to fund the services it provides.
Fetch Dog Resort's team of professional trainers and dog groomers accommodates all classes of canines within the 2,500-square-foot resort and grooming spa. Pawed patrons can get refreshed with natural Happy Tails spa products in a deluxe bubble bath and be treated for dry skin, cracked noses, and peanut-butter addictions. Alternatively, dogs can frolic amid up to 30 of their peers in an expansive playroom as certified trainers look on. A separate area for small dogs keeps them protected, and a tasty midday snack keeps boarders from growing hungry. During overnight boarding, dogs lay to rest in spacious suites, crates, or cageless boarding facilities. The staff indulges dogs with frequent bathroom walks and attention.
Dr. Kurt Phillips and the staff at Woodland Animal Hospital work to foster healthy, lifelong relationships between pets and their human parents with a variety of services. Beyond expert veterinary treatments that prevent potential maladies or cure illnesses, the office staff happily watches over pets during daycare and boarding visits, which feature private lodges and cabins, bunkhouses for active and social pets, and kitty cottages—complete with four levels of living space and a playroom. Onsite groomers maintain pups' adorable swagger with hair trimming and shampooing services. For more hands-on parents, the office's rentable washing facilities and hypoallergenic tear-free shampoos foster calm bath times free of daring tub escapes and breath-holding contests with rubber duckies.
Prodded by their irish setter, Rusty, Robert and Stephanie Morrison parlayed more than 10 years of experience caring for animals into opening U Dirty Dawg, a full-service dog center. The approximately 4,000-square-foot facility offers a one-stop canine shop, where owners can give dogs a bath, put them through obedience training, or drop them off for daycare and boarding. Additionally, Center Grove Animal Clinic is just next door, and Dr. Lindsay Reinhart can care for pets should they fall ill.
During doggy daycare, canines romp around indoors or catch some rays in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor area, complete with kiddie pools, jungle gyms, and soap boxes for impromptu speeches. Pups bunking overnight enjoy plenty of fresh water and a cozy blanket in their private 6’x4’ runs, with designated indoor and outdoor play areas for smaller dogs.
Fur in need of refurbishing can benefit from the sudsy ministrations of owners or professionals. A self-serve dog wash accommodates any size breed in stainless-steel tubs, and includes shampoo, brushes, and dryers. During professional services, groomers de-scraggle coats and add touches of nail trims and ear cleaning that go a long way toward scoring dogs a prom date.
Friend to all creatures great and small, Dr. Anndrea Hatcher dedicates her life to the health and well-being of the family pet. Her services include everything from vaccinations and wellness exams to boarding and bathing. Dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, gerbils, iguanas, fish, tarantulas—you name it, she can care for it. Dr. Hatcher also breeds siamese cats for those tired of the incessant waving and broken promises from their plastic lucky-fortune cats.
After more than a decade working for the same company in the mortgage industry, Susie Rafferty suddenly found herself unemployed for the first time in her life. Her time away from work was a blessing in disguise, though, as Rafferty, a dog-lover, began working alongside her family to open up a welcoming doggy daycare and boarding facility.
Amid the wide open acreage—which encompasses a toy-filled playroom and padded kennels—dogs put in quality time playing with friends, napping, going for walks, and catching up on work from their desk job. Caring human companions are always watching to ensure that all animals remain safe and sound, whether pet parents need to leave their dogs for an extended vacation or just for a daycare session. At DogTropolis's accompanying salon, technicians put a healthy sheen to coats with baths and fur cuts.
Shannon Walters opened Dog'on Salon to give dogs a safe and fun home away from home. To make that possible, she assembled a staff trained in the ways of canines to run her indoor-outdoor facility. This experienced group evaluates pups based on energy levels, age, and size before dividing them up into appropriate play groups. When they aren't tending to pets, the team cares for shelter dogs looking for a place to hang their hats, even on the rare occasion they're not wearing one. In addition to daycare and pet boarding, Shannon's team also grooms dogs, finishing each session with a bow or a bandana.