Los Angeles is one of the most pet-friendly and pet-obsessed cities across the country. Angelenos love their furry and feathered friends, and they are considered true blue members of the family. When out-of-town trips come up, and the little guys cannot tag along, owners have to find somewhere to safely board their loved ones. For those who only want the best for their pets, here are some of L.A.’s top luxury pet care facilities.
Paradise Ranch Resort
10268 La Tuna Canyon Road
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Paradise Ranch Resort boasts that it is the first licensed, cage-free boarding facility for dogs in the country, which is quite an accomplishment in this ever-evolving industry. Dogs live in bedrooms with their own beds of course, constantly surrounded by other doggie friends and attentive staff day and night. During the day, dogs run and romp through the grass, over bridges and into pools and fountains surrounding the resort. Naps in the sun or inside air-conditioned rooms are welcomed and encouraged. Private swim and boogie boarding lessons, massages and more are available as well. Rates are $65 a night or $55 a night for members with discounts for multiple dogs. If daycare is all you need, the cost is $35 a day. Certain special activities are available for additional cost. If you want to survey the land before dropping off your pet, check out the Paradise Ranch Resort’s public webcam for a sneak peek.
D Pet Hotels
1041 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
D Pet Hotels maintains a most unassuming appearance from the exterior, but inside is a bonafide high-end atmosphere with modern decor for your dog. Choose the suite style most suited to your dog’s spatial preferences and rest assured that while lounging, he will be entertained with his own flat-screen television. Three indoor dog parks are perfect for running about and stretching those limbs, and the spa center is just the place for a bath, massage, ‘pawdicures’ and aromatherapy. Too busy to do a drop-off for the day or weekend? D Pet will send a sophisticated, luxury car for your pet to ensure a level of convenience that cannot be beat. Suite rates start at $65 per night, up to $220 per night, and day care rates start at $35 for a half day.
The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa
31166 Via Colinas
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Although the name may infer the location’s predilection for dogs, The Barkley is a cage-free resort that welcomes cats as well. Some locations even offer residence for birds and other exotic animals. Attentive staff members have a loving eye and hand available for your pet every day, all day, of the year in an environment that mimics the home. In an effort to alleviate separation anxiety for owner and pet, The Barkley offers a complimentary day trial on certain days of the week, so everyone can determine if an extended stay would be the right fit. When it comes to cats and dogs, condos and suites of various size are designed for their needs, as well as spa treatments, turndown treats, bedtime stories, daytime limo rides, grooming appointments, playgroups and more to keep them entertained and loved in your absence. For your own look at the fun, tune into The Barkley’s webcam to watch your pet throughout his stay. Rates start at $35 for Doggie Day Care, while overnight boarding for cats begins at $36 and dogs at $47. Contact The Barkley directly for multiple pet discounts and holiday rates.
Fitdog Sports Club
1712 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
In a city that is known for toned bodies and clean eating, it is no surprise that a doggie daycare facility would keep that ideal at the center of its mission. Fitdog keeps your pet healthy and active, as well as establishing a daily schedule to keep your dog outfitted with a routine. Each dog has its own private sleeping area and 24/7 care for overnight stays. Day care services includes walks, nap, snack times and three meals if you so choose. Spa treatments are available at any time during lodging, in addition to training and behavioral lessons. Beach days and hikes are available for an extra fee. For no cost at all, join the Fitdog Runners Club on weekends to meet staff members and play with other dogs. Day rates range from $10 per hour or up to $42 for a full day. Inquire about full month deals, multiple dog discounts and membership rates. If you have Valentine’s Day plans this year, bring in your pup after 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, and for just $49, treat him to an overnight stay complete with an aromatic bath and nighttime treat. Contact Fitdog for more information regarding this special.
The Wags Club
11860 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Wags Club offers your pooch the opportunity to lounge in style or play with wild abandon either for daycare or overnight stays. With an indoor/outdoor dog park, pool, cabanas, spa and grooming room and media and musical entertainment while lounging, dogs of all sizes are treated to the same in-home love and care you would offer on a daily basis. Take advantage of Pet Concierge services, help with travel arrangements, medical assistance, birthday parties and off-site excursions as desired. Prices range from $15 to $30 for half or full daycare and overnight boarding for $40, or explore membership options for puppies and older dogs that include various amenities and privileges.
Chrystal Baker is a freelance food, events, culture travel contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine, Frugivore Magazine and Politic365. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere, as well as the Farm 2 Plate Culinary Club site.