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The Jacksonville Humane Society provides care, comfort and compassion to animals in need while bringing an end to the killing of abandoned and orphaned shelter dogs and cats. For a combined animal hospital, shelter and thrift store, this Beach Boulevard outpost is one of the largest animal rescue organizations in the city. Aside from adopting available animals, there are volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, a kid’s summer day camp program and a pet behavior resource and hotline, while the attached store sells all manner of animal-related items. The Jacksonville Humane Society has designated areas to view animals from adult dogs and a puppy room to the cat rooms.
At Hodges Animal Hospital, the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Kantimahanthi and Dr. Gadiyaram oversees a staff of fellow animal lovers that carries out veterinary procedures, cares for boarding pets, and grooms cats and dogs. The doctors perform diagnostics, such as screenings for heartworm and feline leukemia, and seek owners' consent before tackling urgent surgeries and critical-care treatments. Pet owners are allowed to stay by their pet's side at all times, whether the pet is undergoing a routine checkup or emergency belly rub. The staff also practices microchipping, in which a small chip is embedded beneath a pet's skin to help track it in case it gets lost and needs to email back home.
Silke Schröder's canine haven hosts dog-training classes, grooming sessions, doggie daycare, and overnight guests in spacious luxury suites. Among Silke's many dog-whispering accomplishments, the German-born-and-raised dog trainer placed second at the 2001 German Northern States Dog Sporting Championship, qualified for the 2005 USDAA Agility World Championships, and has racked up years of professional experience training pups of all ages and breeds in basic obedience and agility using an upbeat and positive approach. Her diverse roster of classes ranges from basic puppy obedience to Canine Good Citizen courses, in which dogs learn to behave in public, around other dogs, and before Queen Elizabeth's corgi ambassadors.
Shaded by thick, moss-strewn trees, Pet Camp's outdoor play area provides plenty of room for carefree romps and organized activities with the pack for daycare visitors, and boarders can recover from games of Red Rover inside the 2,700-square-foot, climate-controlled kennel. Four-footed guests can stage a sweet-smelling reunion with their owners after a Hydrosuge bath, brush, or trim at the grooming center
The groomers at Grateful Dog Grooming like to say that they treat every fur-covered client like a member of the family—which isn’t surprising given they have team members such as Sally, a spunky Boston terrier, making regular appearances and greeting visitors with wide grins. Within the shop’s warm orange walls, groomers give dogs and cats an all-over styling with services such as bathing, teeth brushing, nail filing, and hot-oil treatments. Staffers can even give pets a bit of style by adding a decorative scarf or a gold-rimmed monocle before owners return to retrieve their four-legged pals.
First and foremost, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center's mission is to provide ill or injured sea turtles with medical attention, nursing them back to health before—ideally—releasing them back into the ocean. Fortunately for the public, the center lets other wildlife enthusiasts visit their patients and hold up get-well cards to the viewing window. Inside Jekyll Island's historic power plant building, visitors watch marine biologists care for and feed the remarkable reptiles.
Through hands-on exhibits, the center offers additional insight into the natural lives of sea turtles as well as the threats that these turtles face along the Georgia coast. In addition to educating visitors about wildlife conservation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center also supports ecological research programs that study ways to help the area's species survive even as their natural landscapes undergo drastic changes.