Friend to all creatures great and small, Dr. Anndrea Hatcher dedicates her life to the health and well-being of the family pet. Her services include everything from vaccinations and wellness exams to boarding and bathing. Dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, gerbils, iguanas, fish, tarantulas—you name it, she can care for it. Dr. Hatcher also breeds siamese cats for those tired of the incessant waving and broken promises from their plastic lucky-fortune cats.
Shannon Walters opened Dog'on Salon to give dogs a safe and fun home away from home. To make that possible, she assembled a staff trained in the ways of canines to run her indoor-outdoor facility. This experienced group evaluates pups based on energy levels, age, and size before dividing them up into appropriate play groups. When they aren't tending to pets, the team cares for shelter dogs looking for a place to hang their hats, even on the rare occasion they're not wearing one. In addition to daycare and pet boarding, Shannon's team also grooms dogs, finishing each session with a bow or a bandana.
Prodded by their irish setter, Rusty, Robert and Stephanie Morrison parlayed more than 10 years of experience caring for animals into opening U Dirty Dawg, a full-service dog center. The approximately 4,000-square-foot facility offers a one-stop canine shop, where owners can give dogs a bath, put them through obedience training, or drop them off for daycare and boarding. Additionally, Center Grove Animal Clinic is just next door, and Dr. Lindsay Reinhart can care for pets should they fall ill.
During doggy daycare, canines romp around indoors or catch some rays in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor area, complete with kiddie pools, jungle gyms, and soap boxes for impromptu speeches. Pups bunking overnight enjoy plenty of fresh water and a cozy blanket in their private 6’x4’ runs, with designated indoor and outdoor play areas for smaller dogs.
Fur in need of refurbishing can benefit from the sudsy ministrations of owners or professionals. A self-serve dog wash accommodates any size breed in stainless-steel tubs, and includes shampoo, brushes, and dryers. During professional services, groomers de-scraggle coats and add touches of nail trims and ear cleaning that go a long way toward scoring dogs a prom date.
After more than a decade working for the same company in the mortgage industry, Susie Rafferty suddenly found herself unemployed for the first time in her life. Her time away from work was a blessing in disguise, though, as Rafferty, a dog-lover, began working alongside her family to open up a welcoming doggy daycare and boarding facility.
Amid the wide open acreage—which encompasses a toy-filled playroom and padded kennels—dogs put in quality time playing with friends, napping, going for walks, and catching up on work from their desk job. Caring human companions are always watching to ensure that all animals remain safe and sound, whether pet parents need to leave their dogs for an extended vacation or just for a daycare session. At DogTropolis's accompanying salon, technicians put a healthy sheen to coats with baths and fur cuts.
During kitten season, which runs from early spring to late fall, thousands of kittens move through shelters. The kittens come from urban shelters or feral colonies, and therefore need time to grow healthy and socialize with humans before moving into adoptive families. Southside Animal Shelter's kitten care package helps prepare kittens for adoption with three vaccines in a single combined FVRCP shot, two dewormings, spaying or neutering when the animal reaches an appropriate age and weight, and a microchip implant for permanent identification.
FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic was founded in 1999 to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the region through humane methods. It treats about 600 cats and dogs every week with spay or neuter and vaccination treatments. IndyFeral, a FACE program, works to reduce the feral-cat population in the region using a combination of trap-and-release and traditional sterilization services. The program treats incoming animals and marks them with ear tipping so that local shelters do not pick them up. Then, the organization's foster-care program helps ensure that kittens will not be subjected to the disease or dangerous conditions sometimes associated with shelters. Veterinarians vaccinate and treat incoming litters and place them in responsible foster homes where they can thrive while awaiting permanent adoption.
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