After a long veterinary career in the Rockford area, Dr. Raj Patel retired. But then an area animal clinic closed, leaving the community without the resources they needed to care for their pets. Enter Dr. Patel to the rescue. At the urging of many local pet owners, Dr. Patel opened Animal Clinic of Rockford, and he now serves the medical needs of local cats and dogs with help from his son Ravi Patel, the clinic's co-director alongside Mital Balar, Dr. Patel's nephew. Pet owners can bring their furry friends in for preventative care, diagnostics, or treatments and surgery—as well as stock up on pet food and medications—to ensure their pets live long, happy lives.
Under the guidance of Shahid H. Chughtai, a doctor of veterinary medicine with more than two decades of experience, the staff at American Veterinary Clinic tends to dogs and cats with an array of procedures and amenities. The staff performs exams and vaccinations and arranges for surgical procedures to be performed by board-certified surgeons. Aside from medical services, the clinic offers grooming, dog daycare, and boarding facilities for cats and dogs.
At Playtime Doggy Daycare, dogs bound across 18,000 square feet of rubber flooring, clasping toys in their mouths and scurrying through playhouses. Owner Jody Pawelski has cultivated an experienced, animal-loving staff of both trainers and vets to oversee pups at all times.
In warmer months, canines frolic outdoors in swimming pools. At night, boarding dogs settle down in 25-square-foot temperature-controlled kennels, snuggling up to familiar pillows or lifelike mannequins of their owners brought from home.
When hours of play ruffle up dogs' coats, Playtime's groomers bathe dogs, brush out their fur, and send them on their way scented with the same doggy cologne Lassie wore in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
With its cozy decor and absence of ominous cages, The Dog Waggin’s welcoming facility gives busy pet owners peace of mind as their pups comfortably socialize and play. The 4,000-square-foot digs house a play room with pooch playground equipment—including slides and tunnels—a relaxing play room—characterized by fluffy pet beds—and a backyard, where dogs can caper about or stretch out and bronze their bods in time for swimsuit season. Pups are free to rest and play as they see fit with their fellow boarders, all under staff supervision during daytime outings and overnight stays. The canine caretakers also offer a number of other services, including walking, in-home sitting, and training from owner and certified dog trainer Lisa Harvey.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Save-A-Pet runs a purely no-kill, nondiscriminatory adoption center for dogs and cats of all breeds, ages, and health statuses, with the ultimate goal of finding permanent homes for each rescued animal. When the center receives homeless pets, the staff feeds them and provides intake exams, vaccinations, and medications. A steady supply of volunteers plays with the pets and ensures that they get enough outdoor exercise to maintain their health and mental well-being, backing this goal up inside by changing the cat litter and power-washing the 82 onsite kennels every day. Save-A-Pet also reaches out to adult and youth community members with education on animal welfare to reduce the number of homeless and euthanized pets. Through the organization’s efforts it has placed more than 40,000 dogs and cats into permanent homes.