Dog owners let out a sigh of relief when they leave their pups in the capable hands of licensed staffers at Harlem Doggie Day Spa. They can rest assured knowing the staff never puts boarding charges in a crate overnight, unless it's by request. Instead, dogs enjoy perks such as multiple trips out in the fresh air and some cuddling while watching TV. Daycare charges spend their time scampering in the indoor or outdoor yards, playing with other dogs and staff members.
And when owners pick up pups and kitties after their grooming sessions, they find pets looking as fresh as they did when they first came of the assembly line—complete with bows, painted nails, and mohawks.
36th Street Animal Clinic might be small, but its clients like it that way. The staff is attentive and thorough, welcoming pets and their parents with an intimate and cozy waiting room. In addition to providing regular wellness visits, the clinic houses a surgery center and pharmacy for ailing animals and performs high-tech services such as ultrasound for painless diagnostics and microchipping to help locate animals that are lost or have gone away to "find themselves." The clinic also partners with NYC Pet Services to provide cage-free boarding and daycare for dogs, cats, and other pets.
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.
The folks at New York’s Playground Pups like to describe their store as a neighborhood hangout for dogs. Indeed, it seems that canines are as fond of the establishment as Playground Pups is of them; framed dog pictures line the walls, and the Upper West Side shop offers all sorts of day care, training, grooming and crateless boarding options for your special pooch. Behavior experts and trainers will even evaluate dogs on the basis of age, size and temperament before assigning them to a socializing group or class. The small store also stocks dog apparel including rain coats, sweaters, and jackets. Dog carrying cases, leashes, harnesses, dog beds and treats are also available.
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.
The pet professionals at Sutton Dog Parlour comfort away-from-home critters with boarding and animal services for dogs, cats, and birds. Inside the facility, dogs enjoy their own private quarters in a run or corral, taking catnaps on a raised bed or discussing the Dog Food and Drug Administration's latest ruling on chicken bones with nearby canines. Cats hunker down in their own quarters, and birds with the proper health certificates lounge about while nibbling on fruits, veggies, seeds, and Nutri-Berries. During doggy playcare, Spots and Rovers romp through a private 2,500-square-foot park enclosed by tall fences. In the summertime, wade pools keep paws cool and clean. A supply shop helps owners feed and entertain furry or feathered friends once they are back at home.