It’s nice to have an option other than the home bathtub to scrub a smelly mutt, and Wag N Wash offers two choices: self-serve or full-service. The basic stainless steel stations get the job done just fine, as customers dress in the provided groomer's apron and man the hand held sprayers with temperature controlled water. The puppy parlor makes sure to include Wag N Wash brand pet shampoo, brushes, towels and professional grooming dryers. For a little more coin, a pooch can get itching and/or dandruff treatments, coat conditioners and even cologne. For one-stop shopping, the bright, squeaky clean store also sells toys, natural food and homemade treats made in a doggie deli.
With more than 14 years of experience styling both cats and dogs, Amber Keller is well-versed in the art of keeping pets looking spruce. As owner and head pet stylist of Cutie Paw Tootie Pet Spa along with her husband Jasen, who has five years of experience, Amber treats animals to thorough baths with plant-based shampoo at her downtown spa before cleaning out ears, trimming nails, and trimming breed-specific or custom fur styles.
Nestled on 2 park-like acres, Canine Country Club and Feline Inn charms pets and owners with comfy overnight boarding and boredom-slaying daycare. Pups cavort in indoor/outdoor runs, frolicking with a friendly cohort before snoozing in a personal den. Cats, too, meander inside and out, lounging in air-conditioned suites when not soliloquizing from an elevated perch. The dutiful staff patrols 24 hours a day, attending to special-needs pets and senior dogs as well. Other pets, including hamsters, birds, and unicorns, bask in special draft- and stress-free environments under supervision in their own cages.
The Arizona Humane Society has provided shelter and rehabilitation to homeless and abandoned animals since 1957, watching over more than 46,000 dogs, cats, and smaller critters every year as they await new homes. After proving their eligibility for adoption and consulting with the shelter staff, new owners can choose a companion from any of the pets prowling the menagerie, from puppies and kittens up to 9 months old to adult dogs and cats. Rabbits and ferrets also scurry about, searching for farmers' carrots carelessly planted in an animal shelter. For current owners, the society provides low-cost spaying and neutering services as a public service, as well as education and outreach programs to promote compassion and ensure a safe home for all creatures.
The two-woman team of Michel Herstam and Heather Allen started HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue out of their homes in 1994 to provide temporary shelter for abandoned cats and dogs until they were adopted. Today, out of the basement and into its own adoption center, HALO’s mission is twofold: it aims to rescue animals at risk of being euthanized in shelters and works to create a better welfare system for the 100,000 cats and dogs that enter Maricopa County shelters every year. Each animal in the organization’s care receives a complete medical examination and treatments, and no animal is euthanized for being unable to find a home. Online bios highlight animals for potential adopters, focusing on how each animal will fit into an individual's home, family, and lifestyle in order to foster a lifelong match. In 2011, HALO placed more than 3,520 cats and dogs in loving homes.
"Lots of TLC and cuddles" isn't usually included in a house call, but it's a must when one of the Mutt Moms pays a visit. That's because they're not caring for humans, but their pets. Lifelong animal lovers Karen and Kate keep an eye on cats, dogs, and other furry friends while owners are away. From refreshing their water bowl to playing games with them, the pet sitters handle animals' every need, and even perform some extra duties such as bringing in the mail or taking out the trash. In addition to pet sitting, the staff also picks up dog waste and will house sit.