The canine-compatible staff of Pet Starz trains, entertains, and watches over pooches in the indoor and outdoor activity areas of its colorful, cage-free facility. Professional grooming services keep companions stylish, and obedience and puppy-training classes help pets master the art of sitting, staying, and memorizing the location of potentially dangerous wells. Staffers help their quadruped charges become more comfortable with other dogs and breeds, and a thrice-daily cleaning of all activity areas and kennels ensures pups stay healthy, clean, and safe.
Watch My Wag, LLC is more than just a place for dogs to play while their parents are away. Because it was designed and supervised by a dog behaviorist, the pup-focused facility delivers a therapeutic experience that hosts structured play sessions and helps younger pups adopt good habits and shake the bad ones.
Older canines get some time to socialize with spirited youngsters, during which they can play, run, and jump with their new hard-to-tire friends. Over the course of playtime, youngsters watch their more mature companions to pick up proper doggy etiquette and the best tricks to convince owners to hand over some bacon during Sunday brunch.
Private training sessions help pawed pupils ditch bad habits and adopt good ones, from not chewing on furniture to how to create Excel spreadsheets should they ever grow opposable thumbs. When the sunsets and playtime ends, pups staying overnight retire to a private suite, where high-quality dog food and a comfortable bed await them.
Geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman founded Carolina Tiger Rescue in the 1970s as a breeding sanctuary for large carnivores whose habitats had become unsafe. Its original intent was to protect wild species that were crucial to the survival of particular ecosystems, sustaining the populations until their home habitats were protected enough to support them without risk. Today, the organization protects wild cats in captivity and in nature by providing homes for abandoned or neglected cats, raising awareness about the threats to these animals, and assisting with conservation efforts in rainforests and wild habitats. Carolina Tiger Rescue currently houses more than 70 carnivores, including tigers, black leopards, ocelots, caracals, servals, and kinkajous. Many of the facility's residents have been rescued from dangerous situations in urban spaces and private breeding facilities. Now they have a lifelong home in re-created natural habitats.
Training riders and horses is a family affair at Chapel Ridge Farm, where members of the Bennett family draw from more than 75 years of combined equestrian boarding, training, showing, and sales experience. Owner and head trainer Meagan Bennett takes the reins of each riding class, teaching students how to improve their horsemanship, from basic horse care to fine-tuning their jumping skills for AA competitions. While Meagan is out with students, her mother and one-time state equestrian team coach, Linda Bennett, handles day-to-day operations at the farm. Tom Bennett, Meagan’s father, also helps out and is often available to help transport horses between Chapel Ridge Farm and other equestrian centers to save steeds the aggravation of hitchhiking without thumbs.
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.