At Playtime Doggy Daycare, dogs bound across 18,000 square feet of rubber flooring, clasping toys in their mouths and scurrying through playhouses. Owner Jody Pawelski has cultivated an experienced, animal-loving staff of both trainers and vets to oversee pups at all times.
In warmer months, canines frolic outdoors in swimming pools. At night, boarding dogs settle down in 25-square-foot temperature-controlled kennels, snuggling up to familiar pillows or lifelike mannequins of their owners brought from home.
When hours of play ruffle up dogs' coats, Playtime's groomers bathe dogs, brush out their fur, and send them on their way scented with the same doggy cologne Lassie wore in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
Under the guidance of Shahid H. Chughtai, a doctor of veterinary medicine with more than two decades of experience, the staff at American Veterinary Clinic tends to dogs and cats with an array of procedures and amenities. The staff performs exams and vaccinations and arranges for surgical procedures to be performed by board-certified surgeons. Aside from medical services, the clinic offers grooming, dog daycare, and boarding facilities for cats and dogs.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Save-A-Pet runs a purely no-kill, nondiscriminatory adoption center for dogs and cats of all breeds, ages, and health statuses, with the ultimate goal of finding permanent homes for each rescued animal. When the center receives homeless pets, the staff feeds them and provides intake exams, vaccinations, and medications. A steady supply of volunteers plays with the pets and ensures that they get enough outdoor exercise to maintain their health and mental well-being, backing this goal up inside by changing the cat litter and power-washing the 82 onsite kennels every day. Save-A-Pet also reaches out to adult and youth community members with education on animal welfare to reduce the number of homeless and euthanized pets. Through the organization’s efforts it has placed more than 40,000 dogs and cats into permanent homes.
With its cozy decor and absence of ominous cages, The Dog Waggin’s welcoming facility gives busy pet owners peace of mind as their pups comfortably socialize and play. The 4,000-square-foot digs house a play room with pooch playground equipment—including slides and tunnels—a relaxing play room—characterized by fluffy pet beds—and a backyard, where dogs can caper about or stretch out and bronze their bods in time for swimsuit season. Pups are free to rest and play as they see fit with their fellow boarders, all under staff supervision during daytime outings and overnight stays. The canine caretakers also offer a number of other services, including walking, in-home sitting, and training from owner and certified dog trainer Lisa Harvey.
When dogs need a break from burying bones, chasing mailmen, and playing professional basketball, Go Doggie Home Doggie provides overnight respite in airy single- and double-occupancy cottages. Owners can leave their dogs with all their personal effects from home—such as blankets, beds, and toys—to help them sleep soundly at night. During the day the pet-loving staff takes canines for refreshing walks and supervises their socializing during indoor play sessions, along with showering them with affectionate ear scratches. Meanwhile, at the onsite grooming-and-bathing salon, groomers treat dog care as an art form as revered as that of a cappella howling.
Go Doggie's facilities also include kitty condos—private boarding rooms where cats can sink their claws into scratching posts and philosophize about the virtues of shoeboxes as they gaze through ample windows. The premises are located a frisbee's throw away from O'Hare International Airport to enable speedy pickup and drop-off of furry comrades.