The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
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.
In addition to a 10-acre hiking trail and one-arce swimming lake, Dog Wood Park offers a 25-acre enclosed field that lets pooches free to shirk their leashes and gambol with other dogs. Here, a sand pit invites unchecked digging, trees offer ample shade, and two swimming ponds help canines cool off. Though the atmosphere is playful, the park does have a few rules to maintain a safe space for dogs, owners, and mailmen. Male dogs must be neutered, for instance, and all owners must show proof of their pooch?s rabies vaccination. To ensure clean coats and picturesque scenery, bag stations, trash cans, and bathing stations abound.
Bark Bath and Beyond's pet-washing stations allows owners to bathe furry companions in a mess-free environment using professional equipment and products. Lead your cat or pooch into the cheery yellow-walled washing room and clip their lead to one of the sleek waist-high tubs, which helps spare human backs from straining. Don an apron and select a professional pet shampoo specially formulated to nurture delicate pet pH balances, such as Citrus Plus, which helps evict fleas without using toxic pesticides. Bark2Basics One Step Silky Shampoo Plus Conditioner's silk proteins leave coats bouncy, shiny, and plumeria-scented, and specialized D-Mat Conditioner helps reduce tough fur tangles and rebellious dreadlocks without the use of silicone or lanolin. Bark Bath and Beyond is closed Monday and Tuesday, and does not require appointments for self-serve wash visits.
Halifax Humane Society aims to protect animals from neglectful, cruel, and exploitative treatment by providing shelter to homeless, lost, or abandoned animals as well as low-cost spay or neuter services and other animal-advocacy programs. The shelter cares for injured wildlife and approximately 13,000 dogs and cats each year, many of which are available for adoption.
Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique boasts a bevy of fresh treats to appease canine appetites, with a menu ranging from cheddar and garlic studded cheesy bones ($5.99/half-pound) to scoops of peanut butter and banana frozen dogurt ($1.50). Crunchy mint and parsley breath mints ($5.99) transform the panting mouths of halitosis-stricken hounds into vessels of aromatherapy, and indecisive hound handlers can purchase a half-pound assortment of Redbones’ most popular concoctions ($5.99). All treats are baked fresh daily and sweetened naturally with honey, vanilla, and banana rather than sugar.