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.
Declared the veterinary healthcare team of the year in 2009 by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Teri Wiblin and her staff at Faust Animal Hospital tend to dogs and cats with medical and surgical services, boarding, daycare, and an in-house pharmacy. Their medical expertise covers wound repair and orthopedic surgery as well as dental care and wellness exams. Boarding dogs enjoy private accommodations filled with toys and blankets from home, while cats inhabit kitty condos complete with perches for jumping and windows for witnessing everyday situations to talk about in their observational comedy routines.
Sonoran Desert Pet Resort's 1,500-square-foot, air-conditioned indoor dog park simulates the outdoors with the same artificial turf used for professional football fields so pooches can wrestle, dive for balls, or perform elaborate touchdown dances safely during daycare hours.
Overnight guests bed in private rooms, some equipped with televisions playing soothing music, movies, or the NYSE ticker. They enjoy two meals a day, playtime with dogs of similar size and temperament, and air-conditioned quarters. Feline patrons lounge in two-room suites; their litter boxes are in a separate area from sleeping quarters, which are both well ventilated.
Pet parents can also opt for extras for their pooches, such as more one-on-one time with the human staff or a nice bone to gnaw on. Certified groomers primp four-legged friends with FURminator treatments to reduce shedding and ramped bathtubs for less stressful baths. Pets and owners can even attend the pet resort's training sessions to teach basic obedience or correct behavioral problems such as anxiety or refusing to salivate when a bell rings.
Dog trainer Yoni Kachlon knows that for some dogs and their owners, even watching marathons of Dog Whisperer together still can't resolve behavior or aggression issues. In 2012, Yoni traveled to Santa Clarita, California to take his dog-training education to the next level. There he learned advanced techniques from the world-famous Dog Whisperer himself, Cesar Millan.
At his business, Balancing Paws Dog Care, Yoni continues to pursue his passions for rescuing and caring for dogs, and training people to properly care for their animals. Balancing Paws also houses dogs that were rescued from local shelters, and rehabilitates them so they can be matched with a permanent home.
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.
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.