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Shelter dog receives posh makeover

By: Rachel Leigh

Update: The day after Mattie received her makeover from Mod Dog Salon, a family came and adopted her. But there are many other pets just like Mattie who need a good home at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Click here to see them!

Previously: We want the best for our pets, but what about those orphaned dogs and cats? Sometimes, they're overlooked, so we took a little dog, Mattie, from the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and gave her a complete doggie makeover at the Mod Dog Salon.

Carrie Kelley, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, describes, "Mattie is a Chinese Crested mix stray dog that was brought into us just about two weeks ago. We don't really know a lot about her other than that she is just a really well-behaved dog and in dire need of a good groom."

And a good home. But before she is adopted, Mod Dog owner Kim Walker gave her a posh makeover. "Some of our specialties are: With every bath and groom, we do a blueberry vanilla facial."

Which cleans around their eyes and whitens stains caused by tearing.

"We offer 'Pawdicure' in 24 different colors of polish. We do teeth brushing as an add on service."

You can actually see the plaque on the cloth when they're done.

"We'll do a revitalizing paw treatment, messages. Pretty much anything you can image."

They also offer doggie daycare, so your dog can play while you work.

And, if you don't have a dog to place in daycare: "At the Animal Rescue League, at any given day, we have anywhere from 300 to 400 animals in our facility available for adoption," says Kelley.

It won't cost you a fortune either. "It's actually very financially easy to adopt because our adoption rates are fairly low - usually no more than $90 and that dog or cat will come with a full round of rabies vaccinations, a one month supply of food. Plus, 10 free days of follow up care at any VCA Animal Hospital."

And, it's already been spayed our neutered which is something they stress for this very reason: "We definitely have a crisis in the country of just way too many animals, and what's happening is that they continue to breed, and there's just that many more unwanted animals."

Landing many animals, such as Mattie, in a shelter. "Every time an animal comes to us, we put it through a pretty rigorous test of both temper testing and also health screening to make sure it's as healthy as it can possibly be. And whatever it needs, we'll take care of that animal."

If you're not quite ready to adopt, why not be a foster parent? A pet will stay with you, typically, one to two weeks. All you need to provide is a home; they'll take care of the rest.

Katie Black, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, explains, "We provide leash, collar, crate, food, medication, everything. All we're asking is a home for them to be in instead of a cage."

Adoption counselors are trained to help you through the steps of bringing your fury friend home. "We have a green patio, and you can go outside and play with the pet off lease to make sure it's a perfect match."

Mattie and all her other fury friends are available for adoption at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League located at 3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. And if you like Mattie's new hairdo, Mod Dog Salon is in the Glades Plaza in Boca Raton.

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