The Richmond SPCA unites cats and dogs with loving human companions through a variety of services, including adoption efforts that place more than 3,500 pets every year. The organization transfers pets from municipal agencies where they may otherwise be euthanized and gives them medical treatments, and they also take on pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Additionally, to lessen the strain on already overcrowded shelters and keep pets in loving homes, the organization provides a Pet Pantry with food assistance, a full-service affordable veterinary clinic, and behavior-training resources for owners struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets. Other services include school and summer programs that teach youth how to properly care for a furry friend, as well as Paws for Health, which arranges pet visits for people in isolating environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, and Seniors for Seniors, which pairs people with older companion animals.
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Dogs enjoy many of the same luxuries in life as their bipedal friends, including affection, proper grooming, and ample time to relax. At Animal Motel's Good Doggie Daycare, staff members are present 24/7 to see that pets get top-class treatment. Air-conditioned quarters include 72 cages and sanitized stainless-steel bowls. In the kennel, a refrigerator stocked with prepared meats and canned foods causes more canine salivation than the church bells at Ivan Pavlov's wedding. Music keeps dogs entertained as they roam three playgrounds or hop in the swimming pool. Good Doggie's groomers also bathe, brush, and style pups, preparing them before the nation’s annual dog-yearbook photos are taken.
Like any young member of a family, dogs crave attention and sometimes need supervision. The folks at Pets at Play put together a doggy day care center to keep pooches ensconced in affection while owners go about the necessities of life. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., they host hounds for play and naps while soothing music plays. They also board dogs over night in the event that families leave on a pet-free vacation. Owners can arrange for their canine companions to receive grooming treatments or behavioral training while in attendance. Pets at Play's crew also travels, making the same services available in the privacy of home for those who can't make it to the daycare center or fear that their dog might be the kid who spends all day sniffing others' inappropriately.
Dogs are all sizes are welcome at The Barking Lot, where the trained staff tidies up pets with bathing, grooming, and health treatments. Grooming treatments can include anything from bathing and blow drying to flea baths, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, allowing owners to ensure their pet is both presentable and happy. Staff are also trained in breed-appropriate hair styling, conforming each pet’s hair to the desired cut or just a Mohawk if he’s starting a garage band with your other pets.