Montgomery Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Jaffe, permanently links pets to their owners with a simple microchip-insertion procedure. Widely used by shelters and humane societies, the system swiftly locates runaway pets that have fled homes in search of buried bones or casting calls. During each application, Dr. Jaffe quickly and painlessly implants a grain-size microchip between the shoulder blades of a cat or a dog. The implant lasts a lifetime and, similar to a routine vaccination, requires no anesthetic.
Originally founded as a safe haven for abused and feral cats in Maryland, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, Inc. now helps find loving, permanent homes for all types of adoptable animals. The organization still makes feline care one of its priorities through its feral-cat rescue program, which rehabilitates cats removed from potentially abusive and violent situations at parks and playgrounds, with the goal of finding a loving home for each animal. Rude Ranch also provides low-cost spaying and neutering surgeries, helping to reduce the overpopulation that leads shelters to euthanize otherwise healthy animals.
A.P.A.W. Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center has been privately owned since 1998, when Drs. Patricia Peynado-Boyce and Lizel Salmon took the reins. Their three-pronged approach to animal health?compassion, innovation, and education?promotes a warm and well-informed venue for furry companions.
To exceed the demands of the credo's three facets, the staff invests in highly customized care. Many of their tools are typically seen only at specialty practices, such as endoscopy gear and spider-flavored lollipops for cooperative ferrets. Though their emphasis on preventive care can help stave off many illnesses, their hospitalization services remain at the ready: the team issues daily progress reports to owners and oversees patients kept onsite with late-night through early-morning monitoring. Heated kennels, outdoor play areas, and sunlit cat-only perches decorate their daycare and boarding space. The facility is located less than three miles from both the 495 Capitol Beltway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
The technicians at A Clip Above and sister location Paw Zen are to a dog’s fur what a professional tailor is to a Barbie’s gown. They thoroughly groom pooches by employing shears, flea and tick dips, and organic products. Throughout treatments, they reward pups with toys and treats. The self-service wash stations at Paw Zen are stocked with the pet owner's choice of shampoo, brushes, towels, and warm air dryer to use for their canines' baths. The Paw Zen location also features complimentary cable television and WiFi for customers.
Dogs dream of luxuries like chew toys and head pats, but at Grand Paws Pet Salon and Spa, they can experiment with a different indulgence—facials infused with blueberry or vanilla. The salon specializes in aesthetic treatments for dogs and cats, which range from facials and nontoxic dye jobs to flea shampoos and ear cleanings. Founded by Heather Hinkle, an alumna of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, the salon initially hit the road as a mobile grooming service. Nowadays, however, Hinkle and her team have migrated to a spacious storefront where pets can play and socialize after their service is over, rather than passing time by staring at the clock, wondering what it is.