Pets: Board Me!

It’s the perennial problem: where to park the pet when you’re out of town. Here are a few places so welcoming, your animals will barely know you’re gone

For around the price of a week’s worth of lattes, your pet can spend the night enjoying the comforts of home away from home. All three locations of the Best Little Cat House (3412 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, 818-845-2287; 862 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-954-2287; 599 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-356-2287; $33) provide luxurious, cage-free quarters. Inside the cheery red cottage-style buildings, cats run, jump, climb, and roam. Private “apartments” are also available; the Burbank outpost features skylights and theme decor. Kitties can sign up for activities like “Story Time” and “Laser Tag,” but it’ll cost extra. At the veterinarian-owned-and-operated California Cat Center (7048 Sophia Ave., Van Nuys, 818-780-7060; 3860 Centinela Ave., West L.A., 310-391-0124; $45), there are “condos” as spacious as 200 cubic feet and immaculate, cage-free private suites. In the common areas, looping footage of birds, squirrels, and chipmunks plays on television and live finches squawk in rolling cages. Double Dog Dare Ya (122 W. Linden Ct., Burbank, 818-846-2234; $55) looks like something you might see in Dwell magazine. In the brushed-rock courtyard, Zen-like water features and man-made hills and valleys encourage plenty of supervised play for big dogs, while smaller pups have the run of several airy rooms. Everyone sleeps solo in kennels with patios. The accommodations at Bark Avenue (545 S. Main St., downtown, 213-748-7485; $50) include oversize kennels, cage-free quarters, and a full-size apartment where charges can spend the night with a staffer (cats are welcome, too). The companion Bark Spaw offers treatments such as sugar scrubs and mud wraps that wouldn’t seem out of place at Burke Williams.

Photograph by Mindee Choi

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