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. Jennifer Finnegan 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.
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.
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.
Pet Supplies Plus’s experts cater to the culinary, recreational, and cleaning needs of their discerning canine clientele. Choose from more than 20 natural dog-food brands, from Holistic Select to Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul. The do-it-yourself dog-wash stations make dog washing easy with spray nozzles and driers, giving home bathtubs a break from canines’ angry feedback letters. A community resource for pet health, the store also partners with local nonprofits to improve the lives of local fur- and feather-covered residents.
Puptown’s canine coddlers offer boarding and washing services for floppy-eared family members seven days a week. At the East 96th Street location's dog wash, pet owners can de-grime dirty coats and bring back a signature “new dog” scent. Canines enter large, stainless-steel tubs via a dog-friendly ramp or grasshopper-like leap, with owners using convenient spray nozzles to wash away remnants of crashed pizza parties. Puptown supplies dog-washing necessities including shampoo and conditioner, towels, and a jowl-flopping dryer. For an additional $5, guests can upgrade to the deluxe wash and use the facility's de-shedding solutions, ear wash, and toothbrushes and paste.
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.