There’s a new place on campus for teachers’ pets.
A doggy day care center called Palomino Pups will soon open. Beginning in October, Ms. Paige and the small animal management students will begin caring for teachers’ dogs during the school day. Drop off will begin at 6:30 a.m. and pick up will end at 3:30 p.m.
Students and teachers in the Ag Department spent the month of September preparing and setting up for the new project . They plan to begin accepting dogs soon.
Dog owners must complete and turn in a registration form before being enrolled in the program.
There are guidelines that must be followed in order for a dog to be accepted into the day care. The dogs must have up-to-date shots including Rabies and Bordatella. Any dog that falls ill or misbehaves may be removed from the program.
Drop off and pick-up, visiting and any other information will be given once a dog is registered. The day care will have a limited number of openings.
The cost will be $7 per day, but other services such as nail trims, brushing, training and baths will be available for additional charges.
“I have three dogs of my own, so taking care of the teacher’s dogs should be a breeze,” senior Miriam Heins said.
Students in small animal management will get hands-on experience working with and taking care of the animals.
“I am excited to take care of and play with the dogs during my Small Animal Management Class.” senior Christiana Ameredes said.
Proceeds from the day care will help Ag students pay for their Certified Vet Assistant Exam.
Doggy day cares are becoming more and more popular because of jobs that require pet owners to be away from home for longer periods of time. Some busy pet owners take advantage of obedience and training courses offered at the facilities. The courses are helpful to owners who do not have the time to personally train their pets.