The veterinarians and veterinary techs at Texas Coalition for Animal Protection are local pets’ allies. With services that cover neutering, spaying, dental hygiene, and vaccinations, they promote fur-covered family members’ good health and wellbeing. And the professional team of caregivers makes it easy to get pets healthy by offering most preventive medical work all in one place.
It sounds like a rainforest inside Kookaburra Bird Shop. The cries and chortles of crested cockatoos and blue and gold macaws ricochet off the brick walls. One notable macaw sits on her perch, white cheeks glowing and feathers cascading seamlessly from fire-engine red, to sun yellow, to a deep blue. This is Miranda, the resident bird, who greets visitors as they peruse the shop's wares and peek into the cages of birds for adoption. After squawking hello to Miranda, customers can chat with an avian behaviorist who uses his 30 years of experience to help owners understand their bird's behavior issues such as moodiness, irritability, or incessant repetition.
In addition to attending to the feathered guests, Kookaburra Bird Shop also accommodates cats and dogs with boarding services. Cats are treated to padded resting areas and a room to explore, while dogs frolic on two walks a day or head out on a run accompanied by a distance runner.
At Barney's Ranch, pups congregate in an 8,000-square-foot outdoor yard to chew toys and play under the supervision of loving staff. Throughout the day, dogs splash in small pools and get in shape the same way Lassie used to exercise: by rescuing each other from wells. At night, boarders settle into cageless corrals, where gentle music soothes them to sleep. Owners can monitor their pets from a distance by logging into the webcams that Barney's has set up in each of the ranch's four areas.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
Within WoofGang Doggy Day Care’s 9,500-square-foot facility, dogs of like sizes frolic in cage-free, climate-controlled bliss. Inspired by child daycare centers, WoofGang provides pups with constant stimuli, such as balls and other toys; an outdoor play area; and the attention of energetic caretakers, staffed at a 1-to-10-dog ratio. Canines staying the night can bunker down in luxury suites or bedded crates when not playing with fellow guests or basking in personal staff attention.
For unruly animals, WoofGang Doggy Day Care offers training programs to get owners and pets on the same wavelength. Positive reinforcement helps dogs learn in a supportive environment and supplies owners with ample opportunities to sneak treats for themselves.