Inspired by a search for quality dog care for their own dog, the owners of Furtastik—finding no options that satisfied their wants—decided to create a 3.000-square-foot, climate-controlled space themselves. Now, they operate a hands-on, cheerful, and intimate facility for dogs and dog services. Licensed and accredited groomers sculpt away excess piles of fur after they clean, wash, and buff dogs into bright new existence, and organic food products line the front room for canine perusal. Meanwhile, daycare and boarding enrollments are limited to 20 and 10 dogs at a time, respectively, allowing for individual attention and care during the cage-free services.
For centuries, a red door has symbolized a safe haven, and that's exactly what Red Door Animal Shelter is—a place of refuge for cats, dogs, and rabbits in need. This no-kill shelter provides a cage-free environment so that animals can experience a homelike atmosphere as much as possible. After spaying or neutering their rescued four-legged friends, Red Door places them for adoption, relying solely on private donations and grants to cover costs.
The expert staff at Animal Lovers Pet Salon gently tends to four-legged clients with services designed to help maintain healthy-looking coats and comfort. Head stylist and three-time Westminster competitor Chip Francis has more than 20 years of scissor-cutting and hand-fluff-drying experience. Chip's methods help to ensure a shed-free undercoat that keeps canine clients sleek and aerodynamic when chasing rabbits in their dreams. Full grooming services ($50+ for small dogs, $60+ for medium dogs, $70+ for large dogs, and $85+ for extra-large dogs) begin with a natural oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, followed by a sanitary clip of tender areas and a thorough deshedding and brush out. After a complete blow-dry by hand, a stylist will trim dogs' nails, express their glands, and clean their ears. Animal Lovers Pet Salon also offers dogs a simple bath and nail trimming ($20+ depending on dog size), as well as cat-grooming services ($25+), inviting customers to observe or stand with their pets to offer comfort through the grooming process and listen in on gossip concerning neighborhood squirrels.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites—rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
In 1997 PAWS Chicago set out to halt the unnecessary killing of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in the region, establishing a no-kill shelter and organizing public-awareness campaigns. More than 20,000 adoptions later, team members still visit Chicago Animal Care and Control every day to take as many pets into their care as they have room for, providing necessary medical attention as well as spaying and neutering services. The Luerie spay and neuter clinic and GusMobile spay and neuter van serve the pets of low-income families and tackle the problem of animal overpopulation in city neighborhoods, catching, treating, and releasing more than 18,000 cats and dogs every year to prevent the unchecked growth of local animal colonies. Through the Adoption and Humane Center in Lincoln Park, PAWS also adopts out animals that enter its shelters. The center maintains a cage-free facility to ensure pets live in comfort and dignity until they can be matched with an adoptive family.