The Pet Links webpage contains a variety of information for dog owners and enthusiasts.
The information includes "Pet Shelters" in Washington State that do not destroy animals. These are animals that have often been saved from “death row” by shelters that exist solely from donations and adoptions and are run by volunteers.
Also included here is "Canine Education" with sites that link you to almost any kind of “dog related” information you would hope to find.
And, there is also information about local "Pet Services" (such as suggested veteranians, pet sitting, day care and grooming, pet boutiques) in the general Tacoma area.
This page will be updated periodically, so check in from time to time.
Pet Shelters in Washington State
Ginger's Pet Rescue specializes in saving dogs on Death Row. Ginger Luke started this rescue organization and helps dogs all over the Puget Sound and Western Washington. Her purely volunteer-based organization helps to rescue dogs in dire need. She encourages and help from all those who are able to transport a dog, donate a dog bed or towels or other bedding items. You can also donate money (collect your change for a week or a month and donate that!) Donate a Kong, a crate, baby gates, food dishes, leashes or collars or bags of food. Can you walk or groom a dog, donate grooming supplies. Can you make a few phone calls. Check out Ginger's website to see what you may be able to do. Best of all, rescue or adopt a dog on death row. Nothing feels better and if you need training assistance, call Good Citizen Canine and Deborah may be able to either donate services or give you a very large discount for adopting one of these dogs.
This shelter is located in Sultan which is 1 ½ hours north of Tacoma. Pasado's Safe Haven is one of the country's premiere animal sanctuaries dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs, cats, and factory farm animals. I was very impressed going through this website and recommend it if you want to take a drive in the country and adopt-a-pet that has been saved and well cared for.
The mission of Palouse Canine Pals (located in Albion) is to save the lives of highly adoptable dogs that are in danger of euthanasia or in desparate need of a new home. All dogs are placed in foster homes where they receive housebreaking, socialization and some basic training. They only place animals with good temperament and good health that are suitable as family companions. Through the adoption application they try to match potential owners with dogs that fit their lifestyle. They adopt dogs as companions and sometimes as service animals. We offer assistance in dog training, dog selection and behavior modification. They also network with other local animal welfare organizations to rescue dogs and find suitable homes for them.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is the professional organization of individual trainers (which I belong to) who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world.
Extremely good website devoted to “all things dog” related. This site offers the latest in educational tools including books and videos by some of the most forward-thinking and respected dog trainers and behaviorists in the world today. If you have a problem to address, they’ll have a reference for it. Great site!
A link for health information for pets. This is the American Animal Hospital Association, an organization of more than 27,000 veterinary care providers committed to giving you excellence in small animal care.
Edgewood Veterinary Clinic, (253) 927- 4546, 1311 Meridian East, Edgewood, Washington 98372. www.edgewoodvet.com. I have personally seen two of the four veterinarians at Edgewood with my dog Justice. He had emergency surgery with Dr. Joseph M. Mazukelli, and another surgery with Dr. Peggy E. Vogt, who I have known for a long while. They are knowledgeable, friendly and well-priced. I recommend them highly. Their mission statement reads: "We, the employees of Edgewood Veterinary Clinic, are committed to providing the best possible care for your dog, cat or pocket pet, combined with compassion, professionalism and caring, with a special emphasis on
Wellness and Prevention."
Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital, (253) 475-7831, 7210 Bridgeport Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Very large, well-equipped facility. Impressive staff of well-trained vet techs and several very good veterinarians. Very customer service oriented. Chambers Creek invited me to speak to their staff about canine behavior. I spoke during a staff meeting to a very receptive audience of dedicated professionals. Many of my clients take their pets to Chambers Creek and they are extremely happy with their services.
Boarding and Doggie Daycare Services
Inn the Dog House, (253) 310-6296, www.innthedoghousezone.com
email@example.com. Jan Goss provides dog sitting services in her own home. Along with a fenced backyard and doggie door, she provides a Doggie Lounge complete with a love seat, a couple of chairs and an assortment of Cozy Crates. She has been caring for dogs for over 10 years and provides a great alternative to Kennels. My own dogs, Dolce and Justice spend time there and they are always excited to go there. They actually pull to get into the door at Inn the Dog House. Jan does a great job and many of my clients take their dogs to her.
Bark Central, (253) 535-9400, www.barkcentralllc.com or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Exclusively for the pampered pet! Specializing in quality care from the puppy to the geriatric. BarkCentral llc offers a full range of services: *Doggy Daycare *Dog & Cat Grooming *Home Style Boarding. I have used Bark Central to board my own dogs Dolce and Justice. They give it a big "Paws Up!"
We sell the best and healthiest organic training treats on the market. They are called "tricks bits" are offered in three flavors, "parsley chicken, PB&J and Banana Carob" and are complete nutrition in tiny bite sizes. Made out of Kamut grain, which is a very protein, low gluten material, you will feel secure giving your pet these "no-guilt" treats to help improve their behavior. For now, you can only get them through Deborah and Good Citizen Canine. Contact her by phone or through the website if you'd like to order some.
Dog Walking Services
Pet Sitting and Walking (Includes Dogs/Cats/Birds) www.citypetcaretacoma.com Matthew Wall, City Pet Care, 253-431-3915 or email@example.com. Matt specializes in professional home pet care for clients. His focus is coming to your home during your workday, extended outings and during vacations and providing your pet with their needed exercise, feedings and affection. Matt is a wonderful and responsible person who will care for your pet in your absence. He is licensed, bonded and insured.
Clip-N-Clean Pet Salon Day Care, Grooming Salon and 26 Bark Avenue Pet Boutique , 253-752-8325 & Clip-N-Clean Doggie Day Care, 253-572-5556, located at North 26th and Alder. Lynette Young is, by far, the best dog person I know. She runs the premier grooming salon in Tacoma and remembers every dog's name and special needs. She also runs a great doggie day care off 6th Avenue, and has a pet boutique called 26 Bark Avenue, located in Tacoma (on 26th and Alder, next to the grooming salon.) Lynette understands the needs of dogs and cats and has dedicated her life to taking care of them.
Shampooch Self Sevice Dog Wash, 253-272-5450. Located at 2914 6th Ave. #A in Tacoma. An alternative to expensive grooming, Shampooch offers a clean facility with reasonable prices for those do-it-yourselfers. Prices range from $8 to $20, depending on the size of dog. Prices include all supplies (shampoo, towels, dryer, brushes, nail clippers) and no appointment is necessary.
Pet Portraits and Photography
www.standingstonesphoto.com Standing Stones Photography, (253) 922-2343. Carolyn Schneider is a photographer who specializes in high school seniors, young children, and animals/pets. "I use photography to not only capture memories and magic, but to create art. I think the memories we adorn our walls with should be more than just documenting a point in time. I want to show that each individual is, in fact, art. The Blends that I now create are just that and they feel so good for me to make them." Carolyn shoots digitally and does all of her own editing. She is wonderful with pets and their owners and is able to capture special moments.
Annette Lanker is a Senior Pet Advisor with Petlane www.holycowcritters.com a company that enhances the lives of pets and their people. Petlane features interactive toys, environmentally friendly grooming and cleaning products, and all-natural, human grade food and treats. Annette has over ten years of experience working as a veterinary technician and she would love the chance to share some great educational tips with you and your best friend! Please visit her website or call her at 253-475-3136 to set up your own Petlane PAWty or Private Showing. Petlane-we bring the pet store to YOUR door!