First things first. If puppies have been on the brain for a while, look no further than The Labelle Foundation, a foster-based animal rescue that puts its all into saving, rehabilitating and advocating for dogs of all shapes, sizes and abilities. Run by a devoted duo, mother-daughter team Laura and Sabrina Labelle, the organization brilliantly uses Instagram as a tool to show off its roster of adorable pooches. If interested, make sure to check the ’gram and apply regularly, and don’t be discouraged if it takes some time to get noticed. Patience is key, and 100% worth the payoff.
Located conveniently in Mid-City right off the 10 Freeway, LApetcare is filled with loving people, outdoor playgrounds, a pool and everything else that makes it a veritable wonderland for dogs. Founder Lauren Kornberg has arranged an enthusiastic group of camp counselors who not only play with and care for dogs on-site, but also take them on group hikes and to the beach. Can humans sign up? Daycare and overnight stays available
Over the past few years, chic pet clothing and accessory retailer Maxbone has been outfitting Fido in the coolest duds—think minimalist striped sweaters and puffers in subdued shades. More recently the Beverly Hills spot launched grooming essentials and food, all made with clean and delicious ingredients.
When only the best will do, turn to Pagerie, which bills itself as the first-ever ultraluxury fashion house for pets. Founded by L.A.-based beauty influencer Mandy Madden Kelly, the Black-owned brand first launched with a leash, collar and harness, all handcrafted from fine leathers (sourced from the same tannery Hermès uses for Birkin leather). Look out for a new harness launching this spring.
Based on the West Side, Pets in the City offers a multitude of services, including boarding, daycare, training, walks, hikes and more. New pup acting out? Enroll the furball in boot camp, an extended overnight training that teaches basic commands and helps with socialization. Owner Aaron Hill is a dog whisperer of sorts, and together with his personality-packed wife, Leigh Oblinger, creates a stable, loving and fun environment that your pooch will want to return to again and again.