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.
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.
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.
"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.
Raised cots, cushy blankets, and all their toys from home. That's how Danmar Pet Resort's guests live it up during overnight stays in the facility's doggy suites. Run by dog lovers, the air-conditioned facility is filled with suites up to 6'x7' that accommodate pooches of all breeds. Canines can also turn their vacations into spa retreats with services such as dog grooming, nail trimming, and exit baths, which freshens them up before the big trip home. Staff members also keep guests active with both indoor and outdoor play areas, and monitor goings-on 24 hours a day to ensure each pup has the safest stay.
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.