‘We trust very, very few places’: Local rescue group gives advice for choosing safe doggy daycare

SPOKANE, Wash. — A viral video shows a dog being hit in the face by an employee at Jeanne’s Doggy Daycare in North Spokane.

“Per Washington state cruelty laws that is animal abuse,” said Jamie McAtee, Founder of Rescue4All.

“It’s not acceptable with us,” said Lonnie Kelp, Owner of Jeanne’s Doggie Daycare and Pet Hotel.

While it may be unacceptable, McAtee said these situations aren’t exactly uncommon.

“There is a lot of that that is actually rampant in the pet health care industry,” said McAtee.

How do you choose the right spot for your furry friend? McAtee said the first step is doing your research.

“Look at Google reviews, look at Facebook reviews,” she said.

McAtee also suggests following up with an in person visit.

“If you just pop in and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to see what’s going on over here’ and they say they don’t allow public that’s a huge red flag. Walk away,” said McAtee.

Lastly, she said it’s important to trust your gut.

“Listen to that little intuition. Listen to your dog. They’re telling you in their own way that this isn’t a good place,” McAtee said.

If doggy daycare isn’t for you, there are other options available.

“We have a few volunteers that work for Rover and it gives you that ability to know what’s happening when they come into your home,” said McAtee.

It’s that awareness that can give both you and your dog peace of mind.