Soap bubbles float through the air as dogs try to outdo each other by catching them between their teeth. Meanwhile, their comrades bound up playground slides and race across artificial turf. At Dog Holiday Resort, the staff aims to keep its daycare and boarding charges active throughout the day with these types of energy-busting activities. The dogs spend most of the day socializing in one of the play yards with like-minded pups. They chase balls thrown by an automatic machine and cool off in dog-sized pools as attentive staff members keep a close watch. Dogs who are less active due to age or temperament can cuddle with staff members on sofas in the lounge. Meanwhile, cats get similar treatment in their own sanctuary, preening under one-on-one attention from staff. As pets enjoy themselves, owners can check in on their canine or feline charges via webcam. Additionally, the center offers training classes, during which dog owners learn to influence their pooches with basic commands such as "sit," "stay," and "give me back my shoe." Both training sessions and grooming appointments can be arranged during daycare or boarding, so that dogs look and act their best when they are reunited with their owners.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County was originally founded in 1969 to transform the region into a humane area where every animal could find a home. Today, it works toward this goal by sheltering and securing the adoption of more than 3,000 animals every year and providing lost-and-found services for missing pets. The organization also supports pet owners with classes to help them care for their animals and addresses the problem of overpopulation through catch-and-release spay or neuter programs.
Baked goods pile high in white dishes or on tiered glass trays, and are sprinkled with colorful crystals imbued with the flavors of peanut butter, pumpkin, and more. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming's treats please the palates of canines, rather than their human counterparts. Bags of gourmet pet food, toys, and other supplies dedicated to pooch owning sit neatly arranged on evenly spaced racks throughout the store's pastel and stone interior. In the back, a dedicated grooming area—staffed by an equally dedicated groomer—provides an area for owners to pamper their pets with a full wash, and owners can even perform the duties themselves at the self-service station, with the staff cleaning up afterwards.
Pup's Day Out makes visits especially cozy by providing extra attention, belly rubs, and games of fetch free of charge. Spread out across 7,000 square feet of space, the locally owned facility features no crates or kennels, granting dogs the liberty to run about with their friends under the surveillance of a pooch-loving staff. That same staff also provides various grooming services right on site, including haircuts, baths, and nail trimming.
Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa is an eco-friendly facility engaging in sustainable practices, with a pet play yard made of recycled building materials, an on-site rainwater-recycling system used for irrigation, and an unlimited resource of cuddly cuteness. Whether you are looking for someone to watch your pooch when you are out of town or just treating your furry friend to a vacation while your allergic friend visits, Suite Paws offers a variety of cozy boarding accommodations to suit your needs. Check your canine companion into a comfortable villa for a very special escape ($23 per night in a Jr. Villa), or book a stylishly outfitted suite for an even more decadent getaway ($33 per night in a Jr. Suite). All rooms are equipped with larger-than-standard-sized Kuranda beds, and suites come with the added comforts of fleece bedcovers, DVD players, and web-cams to keep families in contact with their dogs while separated. Every guest will enjoy access to private play yards twice a day, and dogs that pass temperament testing will get to participate in additional group play. Not to forget about cats, feline friends are also welcome at Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa, with a choice between the standard condo ($18 per night) and luxury condo (double the space, $35 per night) suites.