Double D Equestrian Center is a scenic 867-acre horseback-riding facility complete with expert trainer, miles of riding trails, and stables full of well-maintained steeds. Each lesson is lead by the expert noodle and muzzle of Double D's resident trainer, Tory Jordan, who boasts 20 years of professional training and teaching experience and a keen ability to unite human and horse sans mad science. Seasoned pros can perfect their skills during advanced group lessons, and beginners are best served in private lessons as they learn to develop trust and control of their equine locomotive. Above all, both lesson levels focus heavily on building confidence in the saddle as well as on safety and correctness, with the potential goal of competitive riding in mind.
The best reward for a newly groomed dog is a tasty treat. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wakefield provides both with its grooming stations and gourmet baked treats. Pets can stop in for a wash at the hands of a certified groomer or let owners do the dirty work at a self-service tub. A cornucopia of snacks, from peanut-butter bones to doggie donuts, awaits pooches in the retail store, where they'll also find animal outfits and regular food.
Owner Dr. Paula Bullock doesn't want the cost of veterinary care to be the reason people must give up their pets. That's why she opened Affordable Animal Care, a full-service veterinary hospital. There, she and her team work with clients to develop affordable-treatment plans. Treatments include spaying and neutering, as well as medical, dental, and surgical procedures. Vaccinations are also available, with walk-ins welcomed for pets 1 year and older.
A team of talented veterinarians lead the way at Animal Hospital at Brier Creek, where they take care of furry friends using state-of-the-art technology in a warm and loving environment. Owners can tune in to a 24-hour website with cameras trained on their pets to keep an eye on their recovery, and dogs and cats receive free bandanas or catnip with their visits. See the hospital's FAQ page for additional information.
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.
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.