Animal shelters and pet boarding facilities have been trusted to keep pets safe and taken care of for decades. People drop off their pets every day if they have a business trip or are going on vacation and can’t take their pets with them, and people feel assured knowing their pet is in good hands. For most people, a pet becomes part of their family, and it just wouldn’t feel complete if something happened to him or her. Pet boarding facilities understand this and go to great measures to ensure safety for all pets. Animal shelters operate under the same rules, except they house pets for longer periods of time than pet boarding facilities. However, in both cases, these facilities have three practices in common that keep pets safe and ensure their well-being.
Medication and Vaccines
At animal shelters, all incoming animals must be given vaccines before they can be adopted. This keeps pets healthy, and also prevents diseases from spreading from dogs and cats to humans. They give them necessary shots, flea treatments, de-worming medicines, and even offer micro-chipping services so people can track their future pet. At pet boarding facilities, the staff gives its visitors the appropriate medications that the pet owners have indicated, and often gives health inspections to pets several times a day depending on the doggie daycare facility.
Private Areas for Pets
At animal shelters, animals usually are kept in their own cage or fenced in area to keep them from fighting or playing too aggressively. This isn’t to isolate the animals, but rather to promote safety and avoid any confrontations. Since these animals don’t come from loving homes where the owners trained them, they may have behavioral issues coming in from off the streets. However, the shelter may keep some animals in the same cage if the shelter is at maximum capacity and the animals kept together seem to get along and be friendly toward one another. At pet boarding facilities, dogs usually have their own “dens” to retire to at the end of the day, but can play with other dogs in the mornings and afternoon for social stimulation. Cats normally have a separate housing area from dogs, and can have private suites or be kept in the same room with one or two other cats.
Care and Attention
Both animal shelters and pet boarding facilities have well-trained, compassionate staff members that come around each day to make sure animals are safe and well cared for. Each day, animals have one-on-one time with a staff member for baths, grooming and other needs so that each animal feels loved and important. Also, staff members can keep the animals accounted for this way. However, at animal shelters, each animal that comes into the facility is registered so they are always accounted for. Pet boarding facilities require this as well to keep track of all pets.
Animal shelters and pet boarding facilities have systems in place to ensure the safety of all pets, and hold each staff member to high standards so that pets remain safe and well taken care of.