Room to groom
Paws for a Moment pet spa/boutique has local focus

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Nov. 6, 2014

 Angela Ng grooms Lucy at Paws for a Moment Pet Boutique & Spa,
316 South Street.

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WAUKESHA - Pet groomer Angela Ng has wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl, so when a spot opened up in her beloved downtown Waukesha, she jumped at the chance to open her new business.

Paws for a Moment Pet Boutique & Spa at 316 South St. offers a serene space for dogs (and cats!) of all sizes to be groomed - an alternative to loud and boisterous grooming parlors and pet stores that can cause anxiety for some animals.

“I’ve found that some dogs respond well to more of a quiet environment,” Ng said.

She has six years of grooming experience from her time spent at a doggy day care, and has already groomed pets ranging from a 5-pound Yorkie to a 120-pound Rottweiler in the two months her shop has been open. Also, thanks to her mother’s prowess in the feline showing world, Ng has the only shop in town to offer cat grooming as well.

 Zada (top) and Tiger play in an enclosure at Paws for a Moment Pet Boutique & Spa, 316 South St. The two young cats are available for adoption through the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County. 
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While Fido and Fluffy are stopping in to get groomed, they can also choose from a selection of high-quality food and treats, many of which are local or regional.  Pick up a bag of pork and peas dog food from Mequon-based Fromm Family Foods or some butcher shop treats from Watertown-based Glenn’s Market as a reward for being good during the grooming - or just because.

“I like to know where the food is coming from, and when they’re local I can just call them and talk to them if I need to,” Ng said, adding that some of her vendors like Hartland-based Herbsmith will even come to events such as Friday Night Live to give out samples and do demonstrations.

 Angela Ng with Zada, a young cat available for adoption through the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, at Paws for a Moment Pet Boutique & Spa. 
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Paws for a Moment also offers shampoos, toys and other accessories for the discerning pet owner.

“It’s a scaled-down version of a pet store,” Ng said.

Have all the accessories, but still need the pet? Ng can help you out there too. Thanks to a partnership with the Humane Animal Welfare Society, Ng will have cats available for adoption in her shop for customers to meet, play with and possibly provide a forever home.

Colorful cat toys fill a basket at Paws for a Moment Pet Boutique & Spa, 316 South St. 
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Right now, a 5-month-old brown tabby named Tiger and a 7-month-old red tabby named Zada are playing in a large enclosure inside the shop, waiting for their new families to walk in the door.

Ng, a longtime HAWS associate, also offers the shelter her grooming services free of charge in hopes that the newly spruced-up pets will find their forever homes a little quicker.

For more information, visit Paws for a Moment on Facebook at