Originally founded as a safe haven for abused and feral cats in Maryland, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, Inc. now helps find loving, permanent homes for all types of adoptable animals. The organization still makes feline care one of its priorities through its feral-cat rescue program, which rehabilitates cats removed from potentially abusive and violent situations at parks and playgrounds, with the goal of finding a loving home for each animal. Rude Ranch also provides low-cost spaying and neutering surgeries, helping to reduce the overpopulation that leads shelters to euthanize otherwise healthy animals.
The shaded grounds of Fieldstone Animal Inn offer a rural respite for dogs and cats. Canines gambol in the outdoor playpen, running up ramps, splashing into pools, and sneaking through tunnels. Cats play in an area separate from the dogs and stay overnight in six-level suites, where they can secretly plot to destroy all laser pointers. Owners can also schedule long walks for exercise. In the spa, the staff cleans and fluffs coats using eco-friendly products, while training sessions work to get dogs behaving as well as they look.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.
Planet Pet in Adams Morgan is a paradise for pets. The universe of Planet Pet includes a shop, a grooming salon, a daycare center and a pet hotel. They also do nutrition counseling, training and dog walking. The pet shop, although somewhat sparse, stocks all-natural pet food and supplies, mainly for cats and dogs, but also carries some stuff for the average rabbit or guinea pig. The doggy daycare section is staffed by an animal-crazy crowd, and there is even a convenient curbside drop-off for parents leaving their pets for the day or just for a few hours. Not to mention, the boarding center is staffed every single hour of the year.
Dogs frolic freely through Charm City Dogs' 3,600-square-foot facility, traversing while enthusiastically making new pals with the other pups. Indoors, the dogs are divided into two rubber-floored play areas; one space is reserved for smaller and calmer dogs, and one space houses larger, more active ones. Staffers oversee the canine romps, often adding toys and treats into the mix to keep things interesting. Dogs hang out in Charm City Dogs for both day care and overnight boarding; owners can even bring messy pups over for bathing sessions.