Preppy Pet is like a five-star spa and resort for pets of all stripes. Dogs, cats, and birds luxuriate under a slew of services, including grooming for pups complete with manicures, conditioning treatments to keep coats sleek, and spa-style baths. When they're not relaxing at the hands of the pet aestheticians, dogs take to romping in the climate-controlled indoor playgrounds—dubbed the Yacht Club, Country Club, and Racquet Club—with similar-sized compadres.
For longer stays, pets can hunker down in private suites with their own TVs and snacks, all the while breathing in fresh oxygen pumped in by the air purification systems.
Humans aren't left out of the bargain. For grooming services, Preppy Pets lets guests drop of dogs at the start of the work day and retrieve them after, giving owners a chance to knock out some errands or visit their second pet family. They can even check up on their dogs remotely with the Puppy Pet Cam.
Water ripples in a bright blue kiddie pool flanked by green patio chairs. The warm day is ripe for sun-filled frolicking, and the four-legged clientele at Arizona Pet Resort are only too eager to take part. They splash in the pool, lounge in chairs, and practice the age-old trick of “Was that the doorbell?” Afterward, pups settle in for a nap and frosty treat before being reunited with their owners. But doggy day camp is only one part of the full-service resort, which includes a veterinary hospital and boarding kennel.
Two on-staff veterinarians, Dr. Andrew Coonce and Dr. Ray Gniadek,, keep pets healthy with regular exams, vaccinations, and dental services. Additionally, the resort houses 50 canine suites and oversized cat condos, complete with shelving and a blanket, to keep pets safe and content.
Liberty Wildlife aims to protect wildlife as a precious natural resource as well as serve as a permanent community resource to connect the public with nature and encourage stewardship of native wildlife. The organization educates the public through classroom and civic events that spotlight animals that cannot be released. It also promotes conservation research in habitat restoration, mortality investigations, and human conflicts with wildlife to prevent harm to local animals.
In addition to education and advocacy work, Liberty Wildlife works on the ground by conducting expeditions to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. Its Rescue and Transport team seeks out injured animals in the field and transports them to the facility for medical services. Then, volunteers care for orphaned or injured birds by maintaining flight cages, hand-feeding baby birds—some of which require feedings every 15 minutes—and matching orphaned birds with feathered foster parents.
Boasting a 100% cage-free environment and over 8,000 total sq. feet, Gilbert Dogs 24/7 keeps pups active as they romp around in open playrooms supervised by well-trained staff on grounds open 24 hours a day. The boarding facility screens every dog during a behavioral evaluation conducted prior to admission. All pooches that pass are free to run around the daycare gnawing on toys, crafting canine art, and acquiring best friends who don’t ever demand that they fetch newspapers or platters bearing three-course meals. Supervising staff members are certified dog lovers and have completed an Interpreting Dog Body Language seminar to help diffuse potential conflicts in the playroom, and film videos of pups having fun to show to returning owners. For clients leaving their pups for an extended period, the facility’s overnight boarding service allows owners to rest easy knowing that an overnight staff member is always on hand to comfort canines after nightmares of losing at poker. The shop rounds out its canine-comforting service menu with shuttle rides to appointments or puppy field trips, courses in obedience training, and spa grooming sessions in which pups are washed, dried, and brushed until coats gleam with a healthy shine.
Sonoran Desert Pet Resort's 1,500-square-foot, air-conditioned indoor dog park simulates the outdoors with the same artificial turf used for professional football fields so pooches can wrestle, dive for balls, or perform elaborate touchdown dances safely during daycare hours.
Overnight guests bed in private rooms, some equipped with televisions playing soothing music, movies, or the NYSE ticker. They enjoy two meals a day, playtime with dogs of similar size and temperament, and air-conditioned quarters. Feline patrons lounge in two-room suites; their litter boxes are in a separate area from sleeping quarters, which are both well ventilated.
Pet parents can also opt for extras for their pooches, such as more one-on-one time with the human staff or a nice bone to gnaw on. Certified groomers primp four-legged friends with FURminator treatments to reduce shedding and ramped bathtubs for less stressful baths. Pets and owners can even attend the pet resort's training sessions to teach basic obedience or correct behavioral problems such as anxiety or refusing to salivate when a bell rings.
The two-woman team of Michel Herstam and Heather Allen started HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue out of their homes in 1994 to provide temporary shelter for abandoned cats and dogs until they were adopted. Today, out of the basement and into its own adoption center, HALO’s mission is twofold: it aims to rescue animals at risk of being euthanized in shelters and works to create a better welfare system for the 100,000 cats and dogs that enter Maricopa County shelters every year. Each animal in the organization’s care receives a complete medical examination and treatments, and no animal is euthanized for being unable to find a home. Online bios highlight animals for potential adopters, focusing on how each animal will fit into an individual's home, family, and lifestyle in order to foster a lifelong match. In 2011, HALO placed more than 3,520 cats and dogs in loving homes.