Andy Hartle isn't just a dog owner; he's one of their biggest advocates. For the last two years, he's been a sponsor of the Great Indy Pet Expo and has volunteered his services throughout the community. All the while, he's also made a career of his love for pets by operating his own professional, insured dog-walking and pet-sitting business, and earning a certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross. Clients can solicit Andy for a short visit while they're at work or for an overnight stay with playtime and exercise. Platinum Pet Services is also one of the first dog-walking companies in Indianapolis to offer GPS tracking, so that the footwork of dogs, cats, and miniature pet sasquatches can be cataloged without worry.
Shannon Walters opened Dog'on Salon to give dogs a safe and fun home away from home. To make that possible, she assembled a staff trained in the ways of canines to run her indoor-outdoor facility. This experienced group evaluates pups based on energy levels, age, and size before dividing them up into appropriate play groups. When they aren't tending to pets, the team cares for shelter dogs looking for a place to hang their hats, even on the rare occasion they're not wearing one. In addition to daycare and pet boarding, Shannon's team also grooms dogs, finishing each session with a bow or a bandana.
Since opening their doors in mid-December 2011, friendly staffers at Happy Dog Hotel and Spa have welcomed pooches into a wag-worthy space outfitted with deluxe hotel suites, private courtyard, and capacious play zone. Owners can take a complete tour of the modern, brand-new space to view its shined wood floors, textured wall coverings, and trendy accents. Canines stay the night in suites ranging from 20 to 48 square feet, and all boarders enjoy soft blankets, two meals a day plus scrambled eggs with breakfast, and five walks to the private courtyard. Caring staffers treat dogs like their own, dishing out treats, toys, and medication brought from home at no extra charge. Owners can opt to let their boarding pooches release pent-up energy with romps and heated Scrabble matches in the bustling daycare area, where the attentive staffers ensure safe, friendly play. Visiting pups also can unwind in the spa, where staff members shampoo, brush, and clip coats while a stereo plays the soothing sounds of bellies being rubbed.
Dr. Kurt Phillips and the staff at Woodland Animal Hospital work to foster healthy, lifelong relationships between pets and their human parents with a variety of services. Beyond expert veterinary treatments that prevent potential maladies or cure illnesses, the office staff happily watches over pets during daycare and boarding visits, which feature private lodges and cabins, bunkhouses for active and social pets, and kitty cottages—complete with four levels of living space and a playroom. Onsite groomers maintain pups' adorable swagger with hair trimming and shampooing services. For more hands-on parents, the office's rentable washing facilities and hypoallergenic tear-free shampoos foster calm bath times free of daring tub escapes and breath-holding contests with rubber duckies.
FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic was founded in 1999 to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the region through humane methods. It treats about 600 cats and dogs every week with spay or neuter and vaccination treatments. IndyFeral, a FACE program, works to reduce the feral-cat population in the region using a combination of trap-and-release and traditional sterilization services. The program treats incoming animals and marks them with ear tipping so that local shelters do not pick them up. Then, the organization's foster-care program helps ensure that kittens will not be subjected to the disease or dangerous conditions sometimes associated with shelters. Veterinarians vaccinate and treat incoming litters and place them in responsible foster homes where they can thrive while awaiting permanent adoption.
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