Programs that provide the services of individuals who take dogs for regular walks at the request of their owners. Dogs may be walked singly or in groups or taken to off-leash dog parks, beaches or other fun destinations.
Programs that provide facilities for the temporary housing and care of pets when their owners are on vacation or otherwise unable to maintain them. Also included are programs that provide for the care of pets in the owner's own home on a visitation or temporary live-in basis.
Programs that provide general pet care guidelines for people who own or are thinking about having a pet. Included may be information about specific types of pets (e.g., dogs, cats, birds, exotic pets), choosing a pet, caring for a pet when travelling or ill, choosing a boarding kennel, choosing a pet sitter, choosing a groomer, choosing a veterinarian, general health care information, what to feed a pet and how often, spay/neuter decisions, training a pet, understanding a pet's behaviour, finding a lost pet, finding a good home for a pet, introducing pets to a new baby or another pet, protecting pets from common household dangers, coping with the death of a pet and other similar topics.
Programs that supply collars, leashes, harnesses, brushes, toys, treats, food and water dishes, bedding, cages, crates, shampoo, pet stain remover and other items that can be used in the care of pets.
Programs that offer cremation services and/or grave sites for the burial of deceased pets.
Programs that supply dried or canned dog or cat food, bird seed, fodder or other types of sustenance for animals and other creatures that people keep as pets. Also included are programs that provide financial assistance that enables owners to purchase food for their pets.
Programs that shampoo, clip, brush and otherwise groom dogs, cats and other pets. Services usually include flea shampoos and medicated baths when necessary, skin and coat conditioning, brush out and detangling/dematting, carding (to prevent shedding), clips appropriate for the breed, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, anal gland emptying and hair removal from pads and ears.
Programs that pay for or provide transportation for accompanied or unaccompanied pets to veterinary offices, clinics, animal grooming facilities or other needed animal-related services. This service may be available to people who have no means of private transportation or who, because of age, disability or other time commitments, are unable to transport the animal(s) themselves.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.