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We Are Just Right for… Pet Parents

We Are Just Right for… Pet Parents

We know how you feel about your four-legged family members, and we feel the same! In Johnson City, we are a pet-friendly community.  For a day of socializing and frolicking outdoors, bring your pup to Willow Springs Dog Park, located within the larger Willow Springs Public Park area. The dog park encompasses 1.6 acres of fully fenced-in space where pets can roam and run freely without a leash. Safety features like a double-gated, keyless entry system and a separate enclosed area for puppies and smaller dogs give owners additional peace of mind. Access to the park requires a membership, which can be obtained by submitting a simple application, your dog’s current vaccination records, and an annual fee to the Friends of the Johnson City Dog Park Association see (www.johnsoncitydogpark.org) for more information.

Adopting a pet is a big commitment; after all, you’re essentially adding another member to your family, one who will need food, exercise, attention, and medical care. However, the benefits of owning a pet far outweigh the minor inconveniences of caring for and cleaning up after it. According to Get Healthy, Get a Dog, a special report published by Harvard Medical School, pet ownership can result in less stress, lower blood pressure, and greater physical activity on the part of the owner. And like human children who need a place to stay until a permanent, loving home can be found for them, many pets in our area can be given a new life by fostering. If you’d like to change your life and the life of an animal by either adopting or fostering a pet, contact the Humane Society of Washington County (www.hswctn.org) or visit the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter (www.wcjcanimalshelter.org) and ask about animals in need.

Johnson City is a great place to adopt, raise, and train a pet. We have not one, but two 24-hour emergency pet clinics, so you can rest easy knowing that your pet will be well taken care of in her hour of need, no matter when that hour occurs. There are several top-notch veterinary care providers and pet boarding facilities located throughout the city, and we even have a highly rated doggy day care center to keep your best friend occupied while you’re away from home.