Chris Sandoval opened Salon Sandoval in 1996, drawing upon skills learned while training with hairdressers and make-up artists such as Vidal Sassoon and Jose Eber. Chris has mentored his own talented staff of stylists, who administer services such as Brazilian blowouts, hair extensions, and ombre color treatments. The salon also specializes in eyebrow waxing and threading for unkempt Groucho glasses.
Liberty Wildlife aims to protect wildlife as a precious natural resource as well as serve as a permanent community resource to connect the public with nature and encourage stewardship of native wildlife. The organization educates the public through classroom and civic events that spotlight animals that cannot be released. It also promotes conservation research in habitat restoration, mortality investigations, and human conflicts with wildlife to prevent harm to local animals.
In addition to education and advocacy work, Liberty Wildlife works on the ground by conducting expeditions to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. Its Rescue and Transport team seeks out injured animals in the field and transports them to the facility for medical services. Then, volunteers care for orphaned or injured birds by maintaining flight cages, hand-feeding baby birds—some of which require feedings every 15 minutes—and matching orphaned birds with feathered foster parents.
Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.
For 28 years, passionate hoofsters Jeffrey and Amy Wilms and their stable of steady fillies have helped spread equine affection to countless people of all ages. Aspiring saddlers can head to the full-service, scenic riding and training facility for the 45-minute lesson. Lessons are tailored to the abilities, learning desires, and horse-whispering potential of each rider, with potential topics including basic horsemanship, dressage, reining, showmanship, western riding, hunter pleasure riding, trail riding, cutting, or raising the next Mr. Ed.
Tails wag and floppy ears flutter as dogs chase toys in the 10,000-square-foot outdoor play area at Doggie District. Free from cages, these pups enjoy the open space all day while their owners work, vacation, or spend the day shopping for cats. In inclement weather, the play moves indoors into a climate-controlled area, which also boasts toys, wading pools, and play gyms. CPR- and first aid–trained staff members keep a watchful eye on their guests 24 hours a day with the aid of closed circuit cameras. Overnight guests bunk in private rooms spacious enough for them to share with their siblings or squirrel hostages. Doggie District also sponsors rescue animals, helping to match pups in need with a human home.
Featuring four spa-style dog-wash stations stocked with John Paul pet products, Pawzapalooza has provided dog-grooming services for more than 15 years. Self-serve washes include shampoo (seven varieties), conditioner (apricot or unscented), towels, aprons, blow dryers, eye and ear wipes, tooth and gum wipes, brushes and combs, and spray cologne (think Axe for doggies). Pawzapalooza’s stand-up grooming stations are equipped with hand-held showerheads and tall tub walls that minimize splash back. Customers can also browse a variety of dog products and accessories for home-based scrubdowns.