At A-V.I.P. Pet Resort, founder, avid dog trainer, and breeder Kurt Williams is never far from his canine boarders. That's because he and his family live on the premises. This enables him to supervise animals beyond business hours, and his four children enjoy giving the critters attention when the professional groomers and behaviorists are in hibernation.
During the day, Williams's crew administers prescription medicine at indicated hours and also follows specific diet requests during meal times. His pet guests reside in private suites with plush bedding and television screens. Twice daily, the trainers bring any social dogs into a large outdoor play arena to sniff, socialize, and discuss articles from the morning edition of the squeaky newspaper. Williams maintains a comfortable temperature at all times at the resort, with air conditioning during the summer and heated floors during winter months.
Like their human counterparts, pets are most comfortable in their own homes. Because of this, Pet Sitters of Las Vegas does not board animals or offer onsite daycare; rather, they visit homes to feed and water pets, let them out, or take them for walks. Each pet sitter is screened, background checked, and carefully trained, as well as insured and bonded, so pet owners can truly relax while they are away. For more attentive service, sitters will even stay overnight, so pets have a constant companion to snuggle with at night.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Call in advance to schedule due to production filming schedule. Bring your camera and a stroller for kids.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Meet Brett and Wayde from Tanked.
Tell us about your business in your own words.
At ATM there is never a dull moment. There is always something fishy going on.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Love of animals.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Wayde and Brett also love animals besides fish, so we have lots of cool animals that are friendly and like attention. We get lots of visitors and fans that come to visit us from all over the world. If you are lucky, you may even be able to get a picture with your favorite Tanked cast member. We sell T-shirts and you can get them personally autographed.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
[We give] VIP all-access tours of our facility and office with the chance to possibly meet cast members from our television show Tanked on Animal Planet. Please call and schedule ahead for best chance, as they travel a lot to film. We have all kinds of friendly animals that roam ATM: birds, Porky the pig, Tiger the cat, lots of fish, and reptiles. You will hear about how Brett and Wayde started ATM and how they landed a TV show.
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