Signature service: Veterinary
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Brands Used: Hills, Blue Buffalo, Royal Canin, Iams
Pro Tip: All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.
From the outside, Queens Animal Hospital might look like it was recently converted from a family home. In fact, it's been an animal hospital since 1955, and the humble design scheme was deliberate: what pet wouldn't want to climb the steps of a friendly-looking house filled with friendly people? Inside, they'll find a staff headed by Dr. Beshoy Rafla, who specializes in dogs and cats but also welcomes birds, reptiles, and other small exotic pets. He and his veterinary techs perform a wide array of services: in addition to standard checkups, there are facilities for surgery, dental care, grooming, and, for dogs, even boarding in quarters that include indoor and outdoor runs. Pets also don't need to leave the grounds for x-rays, ultrasounds, or EKGs, and their humans can even opt for microchipping to keep them safe if they ever get lost in a funhouse's hall of mirrors.
In 1990, John Ziegler hired a dog walker to take his 8-month-old yellow lab Merembe out on regular walks. The plan was to escort the rambunctious pup to Central Park, where she could enjoy fresh air and social time around other dogs and people. Just to make sure he was getting what he paid for, John followed the dog walker—and discovered that Merembe spent the entire hour cooped up in a tiny apartment while the walker went on errands. The indignation that any dog owner would feel at this discovery is what prompted John to found Biscuits & Bath, an all-encompassing dog-care company that strives for transparency, knowledge, and compassion in all they do.
A bounty of doggy knowledge backs every service at Biscuits & Bath, whether it's grouping dogs by size and temperament at daycare to balance safety and fun, or pairing groomers' image-enhancing brush-outs with checks for ticks, ear infections, and unusual basketball ability. True to the company's roots, each dog walker is bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained to take beloved friends on a daily romp. Dogs are kept safe from big-city hazards by donning two slip collars, a climb-spec harness, and a reinforced nylon leash, allowing the company to boast nearly one million incident-free walks in 2011. On-site veterinarian services give pups a checkup incentive with the center's play-filled environment, and overnight boarding services keep timid dogs at ease with constant supervision and flexibility with special requirements.
Bideawee, on 38th Street by First Avenue in Midtown East, has been providing a safe haven to thousands of dogs and cats in New York City for over 100 years. Inspired by a Paris-based animal rescue effort at the turn of the last century, Bideawee's creator, Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe, saw the need for a similar animal care facility in New York City. Bideawee's principle of offering protection, care and new homes for unwanted cats and dogs continues today. This center maintains a dedication to not only to animals, but also to their human owners, providing avenues for simple pet adoption, veterinary and even burial services, thus taking care of every aspect of a pet's well-being. The clean, colorful play space is perfect for animal-lovers looking to adopt, and for pets in need of a good home.
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A pup’s day at Doggie Paradise tends to resemble one a human child might experience: playtime, exercise, naps, and a ball to gnaw on. The facility’s wide-open space separates into several dog runs, allowing similarly tempered and sized pooches to socialize and play. Whether staying for daycare or overnight boarding, each guest is ensured ample attention from the friendly staff, along with timely feedings, medications, and treats. Doggie Paradise also has online webcams that run 24/7 and allows owners to check in with their dogs from afar.