East Central Indiana Resources for Pet Owners

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If you are a dedicated pet owner moving to East Central Indiana, you are probably scoping out resources for your furry friends to make sure they have the best quality of life in this new setting. Well fear not, because there are many dog parks, doggie day cares, and pet sitters for all animals to join to ensure your animals are happy and well taken care of. Let’s dig our paws into some of these options that may pique your interest! 

Emerson Dog Park 

The Emerson Dog Park in Muncie is located in the Riverside/Normal City Neighborhood and has 4.5 stars. It was originally designed by Malcolm Cairns, who taught at Ball State University for the Department of Landscape Architecture. This park is easily accessible, open to the public, and there are a variety of activities for your unique dog. Firstly, the dog park is split into two sections, in case owners are not comfortable with other dogs in the park. For example, the size difference between some dogs in the park might concern some owners and therefore they may choose to go to a separate area for their dog’s comfort. Dogs are not required to be on leashes and may roam free and explore the obstacle courses in the park. There are benches, water fountains available in the warmer months for the dogs, and stations with bags provided to clean up after your pet. The reviews for Emerson Dog Park are generally positive, with some park-goers noting that “most people are responsible and kind” and the park is “a great place for dogs to mingle.” 

Happy Dogs Doggie Day Care

Happy Dogs Doggie Day Care is a highly recommended spot in Muncie to take your dog while you are busy! They have 4.9 stars and been in business for over 14 years. The 7,000 square foot facility is a safe and clean environment for your dog and there are a variety of other services you can try out if interested. Not only do they serve as a doggie day care, but they also do boarding for your pets while you are on vacation. They also have a retail store and self wash tubs as well as provide grooming and training services. Some customers have referred to Happy Dogs as having a “friendly staff” as well as being a professional company and having excellent grooming services. 

Sit-Stay-Play: In-Home Pet Sitting and More 

Although some pet owners prefer to take their animals to daycare, others feel more comfortable leaving their pets at home. Sit-Stay-Play: In-Home Pet Sitting and More has 4.8 stars and offers a range of services to best meet the needs of busy pet owners in need of additional care for their pets. Sit-Stay-Play was founded by Kelley Stewart in 2008. She was inspired to open this business after struggling to find pet care for her dogs and cats after her family was displaced by a house fire. Kelley decided to help out the members of her community that were also struggling to find the ideal pet sitters. Sit-Stay-Play works with all types of pets ranging from dogs, cats, and birds to farm animals and exotic pets. Consultations are available in person or virtually to accommodate customers during the pandemic. They don’t just offer pet sitting and walking services, but they also do in-house pet nail trims and a “pet taxi” service for those who cannot transport their animals to a desired location. Sit-Stay-Play: In-Home Pet Sitting and More offers their services in many East Central and Central Indiana locations such as Muncie, Anderson, New Castle, Hartford City, Yorktown, and Indianapolis. 

Animal Rescue Fund 

Maybe you aren’t a pet owner, but you would like to be. There are also options for you! The Animal Rescue Fund in Muncie has 4.5 stars and provides charitable resources for the animals and pet owners of Munice. It was founded in 1998 by Terri Panszi with the mission of providing shelter, medical care, and love to animals in need. The Animal Rescue Fund also wants to prevent animal cruelty, euthanasia, and overpopulation. On their campus, you can find resources such as “Bark Park” which is a one-acre fenced-in dog park, the “Catty Shack” which houses up to 50 cats in large rooms, the Adoption Center for adoptable dogs, and the Sanctuary House for “permanent resident” animals that have substantial behavioral or medical issues. Finally, there is also the administration building where you can make supply and money donations, pay for adoptions, get assistance with dog and cat food as needed, and surrender animals. 

Regardless of your situation, there is something for every pet owner in East Central Indiana. Whether you chose to visit Emerson Dog Park, get your dog groomed at Happy Dogs Doggie Care, get a sitter for your exotic pet, or adopt an animal in need, you will have your paws full of options for your furry friends. If I mentioned any places you love to bring your pets that I missed, be sure to share them on my social media.

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