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.
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.
Hedgehog Hannah travels to birthday parties, scouting events, and family gatherings to regale audiences with her collection of animals, providing an experience that is equal parts exciting and edifying. The assortment comprises critters from all over the world, including an alligator, a snake, and sugar glider. Humans have the chance to pet and play with the animals and play trivia games for which they may win prizes. Party packages are also available, and they may include a personally wrapped birthday gift, cake and pizza, or the chance to dress Hedgehog Hannah's chihuahua, Pablo, in costumes and accessories. Concerned parents need not fret, as each animal is trained to stay as calm and well-behaved as a Pilgrim practicing yoga.
Fetch Dog Resort's team of professional trainers and dog groomers accommodates all classes of canines within the 2,500-square-foot resort and grooming spa. Pawed patrons can get refreshed with natural Happy Tails spa products in a deluxe bubble bath and be treated for dry skin, cracked noses, and peanut-butter addictions. Alternatively, dogs can frolic amid up to 30 of their peers in an expansive playroom as certified trainers look on. A separate area for small dogs keeps them protected, and a tasty midday snack keeps boarders from growing hungry. During overnight boarding, dogs lay to rest in spacious suites, crates, or cageless boarding facilities. The staff indulges dogs with frequent bathroom walks and attention.
On average, IndyHumane spends $600–$800 to care for each animal in its shelter, and in 2010, it cared for more than 6,000 animals. Although the shelter does not euthanize animals because of time or space, its limited food, medical, and staff resources constrain the number of animals it can accept. The Humane Society of Indianapolis relies on contributions, grants, and adoption fees to fund the services it provides.