As far as we’re concerned, every day is pet day at Collingwood Apartment Homes in Alpharetta, Georgia, so of course we’re excited about May being National Pet Month in the United States!
According to the Humane Society of the United States, pets live in two-thirds of American homes, and 72 percent of the people who rent their homes have pets. We know how important it is for a luxury apartment community to be pet-friendly, and that’s why our Collingwood Apartment Homes Idea Specialists™ made sure we incorporated a large fenced Pet Park into our landscaping plans from the very beginning. Because, barks and recreation, right?
And, we celebrate our fuzzy friends all the time online in social media posts and in a gallery at our website. Nothing brings a smile to our faces like seeing sweet kitties and good doggies!
Don’t have a pet yet, but want to get one? Take the first step on the road to finding the fuzzy love of your life at nonprofit Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, which has rescued and altered more than 50,000 animals since its founding in 2002. You can volunteer at one of their Atlanta area locations, or foster a rescue to get a feel for whether pet ownership is right for you.
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Alpharetta is another good organization to check out if you’re interested in fostering, volunteering, or adopting. Angels Among Us is dedicated to saving cats and dogs from high-risk situations; sometimes they are ones removed from state animal control facilities, other times they might be much-beloved pets whose owners have had to move to assisted living facilities.
If you haven’t tried any of the monthly subscription boxes for cats and dogs, maybe this month is when to check out meowbox with fun toys and fine treats for finicky felines (plus, hey—the box itself!), and BarkBox with its themed collections that the company calls “month-long dog parties.” BarkBox partners with thousands of rescues and shelters across the United States and Canada through its Rescue and Shelter Affiliate Program, and meowbox donates a portion of each box sold to shelters and rescues. Prices start at about $23 a month for both.
You probably already have a favorite vet, but it never hurts to have the number of an emergency care provider on hand. The compassionate and highly skilled multi-specialty staff members at All Pets Emergency & Referral Center on Atlanta Highway between McFarland Parkway and Winward Parkway are just who you want on your side when your good boy decides to eat a bottle of shampoo _and_ entire bath towel at 2 o’clock on the morning, and their imaging center is one of the most advanced and comprehensive in the South.
Pamper, Play & Stay
Is it time for somebody to get his coat cut for the upcoming summer? Does the kitty not do well by herself when you decide to head to the beach for a spur-of-the moment weekend trip? Not to worry—the Alpharetta area has many excellent pet boarding and grooming facilities, as well in-home service providers. Our Collingwood Apartment Homes Idea Specialists™ have been hearing good things about a few in particular lately: Pet Lodge Pet Resort, The Barker Lounge, and Critter Sitters.
Critter Sitters pioneered the field of professional pet sitting back in the 1970s, and has grown to be the largest and oldest pet sitting company in the country. All of its sitters serving greater Atlanta and the Golden Isles are bonded, insured, adults who have successfully completed background checks. Midday dog-walking? They’ve got it covered. Cleaning out the cats’ litter boxes while you’re on that long-overdue weekend getaway? Check. You’ve got a bird? A fish? Check, check—they can handle the care and feeding of those, too. Oh, and they’ll also water your plants and pick up your mail if you’d like.
The Barker Lounge proudly serves Alpharetta’s puppy community with standard and family-sized private boarding suites to accommodate your individual dog or your family of dogs. While they’re staying at the large facility on Atlanta Highway off Discovery Drive, they’ll be able to play with friends—inside on orthopedic floor mats, and outside in a secure, gated, park-like area of over 7,000 square feet. You can take advantage of their grooming and training services, too.
Located at 3456 Bethany Bend, Pet Lodge Pet Resort has over 20,000 square feet of play areas, nature trails, a swimming pool, splash pad, canine challenge course and more. When it’s time to rest after group play with dogs about their same size, your best fur friend will have their own private nap room. If it’s The Cat who is boarding, your little king of the jungle will enjoy one of the largest kitty condos available, complete with a comfy sleep bed and extra-large litter box. Pet Lodge Pet Resort also accepts rabbits, reptiles, and select other non-canine and non-feline pets.