An avid lover of animals, Theresa Shire burst onto the pet-care scene as an adoption center and animal care supervisor for the Arizona Humane Society. Since then, Theresa's passion for raising playful, happy pets and pairing them with compatible owners has flourished at Dogstar—a one-stop shop for pets that has grown to include its own pet rescue and adoption center. After a complimentary assessment of temperament, Theresa and her staff welcome cats and dogs into daycare where positive-reinforcement techniques maintain harmony and an interest in the field of psychology among packs as they exercise and mingle. After daycare, the patient employees ease animals into overnight stays in pristine boarding digs. Pets boarded for five days or more strut into the salon for free grooming, which can include baths, manicures, or quality time with the Furminator. Onsite vet Laura Chang performs checkups and vaccinations while owners browse the boutique’s collection of dog supplies, toys, and foods from Natural Balance. From April to September, clients can spend extra time perusing nearby shops on First Thursdays—fun evenings full of wine, music, and work from local artists, much like a clambake in the Louvre.
Paws 4 Perks lavishes pet parents with a slate of discounts on maintenance and merriment for fuzz-covered companions at multitudes of local animal service providers. Quadruped comrades reap savings at local veterinarians, including $10 off monthly visits to East Hills Animal Clinic in Clackamas, Milwaukie Animal Clinic, and Dogwood Pet Hospital in Gresham. Pets cultivate elegant coats with 10% off grooming services at Bark Ave Grooming in Gladstone, and pet photographers, retail merchants, and dog-walking services offer further markdowns. Discount passes to InBark's climate-controlled indoor dog park in Tigard allow canines to romp comfortably without the need for bulky sweaters or racy dog bikinis. The durable plastic membership card is personalized with your name, and $5 of the proceeds from each purchase go directly to the Oregon Humane Society to help rescue neglected animals.
After their owners drop them off, dogs rush into the indoor playroom at The Dog House Doggie Daycare & Boarding, where they greet new friends before challenging old pack mates to games of chase. They romp for hours around the 2,000-square-foot play space, which is outfitted with a ramp and separate sections for large, small, less-active, and slinky dogs. A ventilation system specifically designed for pets keeps the air clean and comfortable. It's clear that dog owners designed this canine utopia, which also includes boarding service 365 nights a year, as well as a grooming zone with self-service or professional washes, tooth brushes, and nail trims. Many on staff are certified in Red Cross first aid and CPR for dogs.
While this Groupon is not good online or toward The Pixie Project’s supplies of dog and cat food, customers are encouraged to come in and browse toys, furniture, accessories, and more. Choose from Chuck It 25-meter ball launchers ($11.85), Fetching Wear handmade designer dog collars ($24 for a medium), Kong Double Cat Scratchers ($8.44), West Paw Nature Nap small dog beds ($25.90), Petsport Laser Chase kitty toys ($11.55), and much more to make any beloved darling feel like the prize pet in the window.
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) operates a catch-and-release program to help prevent the overpopulation of feral cats. Its caregivers trap homeless cats and bring them into a freestanding clinic or 24-foot mobile hospital, where FCCO spays or neuters them and provides basic medical services as necessary. The organization has the capacity to treat many cats in a short period of time, as three veterinarians can work in the mobile hospital at one time, and four in the clinic. The vets also tip the cats' ears to identify them as having been spayed or neutered. Once the cats recover, they are sent back to where they were trapped to continue their lives outdoors.