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|Best of Atlanta: Pets|
|Written by Jim Farmer|
|Thursday, 08 July 2010 00:00|
After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.
It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.
The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.
Veterinary Care: East Atlanta Animal Care
Offering a full range of services, from emergency care to preventative medicine, East Atlanta Animal Care (www.eastatlantaanimalclinic.com) is the top choice for veterinary care. A large staff is omnipresent for whatever sort of pet concerns arise.
Daycare / Boarding: Piedmont Bark
Leaving “the kids” behind for a long weekend? Piedmont Bark (www.piedmontbark.com) is the top place to drop them off, offering attention and love. Private accommodations are also the norm for Piedmont Bark’s day care services.
Grooming/Spa: Piedmont Bark
Again, Piedmont Bark (www.piedmontbark.com) is your favorite for a new haircut or a pedicure for the pets — or even a full-service dog wash, of course catered to unique canine needs.
Wag-A-Lot (www.wagalot.com) is second place, Chateau Animalia (www.chateauanimalia.com) in third. Honorable mentions go to PetSmart (www.petsmart.com) and Puddle of Pooch (www.puddleofpoochonline.com).
According to you, PetSmart (www.petsmart.com) is the place to go buy those collars, toys and accessories you didn’t know you needed until you saw them — plus pet food, bedding and other necessities, of course. Basically, if you need it, PetSmart has it. Hours are flexible and PetSmart even offers boarding, training and grooming, in addition to a Doggie Day Camp.
Non-profit/rescue: PALS Atlanta
One of Atlanta’s best-known and well-liked nonprofits, Pets Are Loving Support (www.palsatlanta.org) provides pet care to those in the Atlanta area who are ill/disabled, including people with HIV. Food and basic vet care are among provided services. The non-profit group holds a still popular monthly PALS Bingo – hosted by Bubba D. Licious — to raise funds. Each month has its own, often hilarious, theme.
Editor's note: This entry has been edited to reflect the Georgia Humane Society placed second. The print edition incorrectly lists the Atlanta Humane Society (www.atlantahumane.org) as second place. The Georgia Voice regrets the error, and thanks both of these worthy organizations for their work on behalf of our furry and feathered friends.
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