Amore Petcare’s team of animal-care specialists provides grooming services for dogs of all sizes and breeds. They can pamper tail-wagging clients with haircuts, baths, and nail treatments, or get pet owners situated to wash their own pups with cleansing stations stocked with all the supplies needed to get doggies clean without making a mess at home. Each station comes with shampoo and towels, as well as nail-trimming tools and a hair dryer. The shop’s waiting area gives humans a comfortable place to wait for canine companions being groomed by the staff. In fact, the whole family can wait it out, since the area boasts sofas, pet beds, and dry-erase boards for children to draw on or teach long division to schnauzers.
Dogs first began bounding happily through Cascade Kennels, Inc. in 1975, when the pet-care facility opened on a rural, wooded plot of land. The owners fully rebuilt the facility in 1999, and today, dogs continue to thrive in secure, heated areas designed for safety and comfort. Caring staffers tend to canines' physical and emotional needs during daycare and boarding sessions, engaging them with activities such as grooming, one-on-one play sessions, and social interaction with other dogs. Canines aren't the only guests welcome at Cascade Kennels, however; caretakers also look after cats, birds, rabbits, and other household pets.
At Wizard of Paws, one of the city's only government-certified groomers, Rachel Walker and her team of canine-savvy stylists specialize in washing and trimming all manner of dog fur on breeds as small as a chihuahua or as large as a bernese mountain dog. Armed with natural shampoos and cleansers, as well as a repertoire of clipper- and scissor-based shearing techniques, the groomers snip overlong coats, ensuring pups are no longer able to hide a cache of smuggled treats on their backs. The groomers also carry a selection of holistic and grain-free food and treats, and they never kennel-dry beloved pooches.
Ole and Cathie Jorgensen happily tell shoppers all about their store’s products—the Bowsers dog beds, the Go! and Now pet foods from Canadian line Petcurean, the DogRocks from Australia that combat yellow patches on lawns—but the conversations usually don’t get very far. Before long, one of The Dog Bone’s five staff canines arrives, such as Elvis or Betty, presenting a face that effortlessly commands all attention. Once the pooches are appeased with head scratches and belly rubs, they trot down aisles filled with toys, or maybe go hang out in front of the pastry case brimming with seasonal gourmet treats from The Barkery in Ontario. They're also known to sport fresh haircuts compliments of The Dog Bone’s full-service pet groomer, who ensures coats stay full and healthy so pups don't have to resort to canine comb-overs.
The chief tenant of the Just Love Animals Society's mission is to educate pet owners about holistic animal care. To achieve this, the nonprofit's directors help to organize events such as Pet-A-Palooza, one of Victoria's largest one-day pet adopt-a-thons, and Running of the Bulls, a 10K race for Chihuahuas in costume. These efforts directly impact local rescue shelters, generating both the funds and awareness needed to keep them operating and placing animals with loving families.
As a completely independent enterprise, Just Love Animals Society relies solely on fundraising, donations, and volunteerism.