Tail Waggers Playhouse’s dog-loving staff pulls triple duty as room-service attendants, spa technicians, and personal trainers for pampered pooches. Under the guidance of canine-conscious owners Jeff and Monica McKinney, staffers supervise leisurely frolics among groups of dogs during daycare, and ensure each individual dog is safely tucked into his or her private, climate-controlled kennel for overnight stays. Pet owners should pack doggie overnight bags with travel essentials including bedding, food, and extra salmon-flavored coins for tipping the kitten bellhops.
Pampering both cats and dogs during daytime visits and overnight stays, Barkefellers is one of Indianapolis’ best options for short-term animal boarding. The friendly facility, located on Madison Avenue, offers complimentary multi-level play zones and cozy napping areas for any home’s prized canine or feline. Stays vary in length and sophistication, with glass-fronted sleep spaces, grooming facilities on site and training session that will culture your dog to sit, stay and roll over on command. Some of the facilities even offer their own doggie doors that lead directly to fully-enclosed free space, which gives the animals the opportunity to explore to their hearts content. Deluxe multi-level cat condos, each with external ventilation, are also available, and a one acre on-site play park provides for supervised exercise and socializing.
The Paw Patch Veterinary Hospital teems with dogs and cats visiting for check-ups and grooming from a team of expert vet technicians, assistants, and doctors. They perform a host of services that range from surgery and microchipping to senior care and wellness exams. The expert groomers wash hides and trim nails, or invite guests to bring their pooch to self-serve wash stations, which supply owners with plenty of shampoo to wash off the thick coat of mud, seeds, and sagebrush that accumulates on pets.
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.
Pet Supplies Plus’s experts cater to the culinary, recreational, and cleaning needs of their discerning canine clientele. Choose from more than 20 natural dog-food brands, from Holistic Select to Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul. The do-it-yourself dog-wash stations make dog washing easy with spray nozzles and driers, giving home bathtubs a break from canines’ angry feedback letters. A community resource for pet health, the store also partners with local nonprofits to improve the lives of local fur- and feather-covered residents.
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.