The Perch – Pet Store with a purpose

The Perch – Pet Store with a purpose

Little Paws is excited to share this new local store with you. It’s all about the parrots! The Perch is a one-of-a-kind pet shop and cafe in the heart of Colorado Springs. They carry all the food and supplies you need to give your bird a wonderful, healthy life.

Visitors can also enjoy locally roasted coffee and baked good in the company of beautiful, adoptable parrots.

1515 South 8th St., Colorado Springs

71- 426 9818

www.perchpets.com

Metro Denver Parrot Rescue

Metro Denver Parrot Rescue

Little Paws supports the important role of rescue groups!

MDPR (Metro Denver Parrot Rescue) specializes in finding forever homes for parrots.

Every year, hundreds of parrots are surrendered to local shelters. MDPR provides care for companion birds surrendered to shelters and finds them loving, permanent homes with adopters that they educate on the unique needs of parrots as pets.

Adopt, foster or donate to help MDPR provide care and find loving homes for these birds.

DenverParrots.org

Little Paws supports local pet rescues

Little Paws supports local pet rescues

We’d like to highlight Happy Cats Haven this week.

Happy Cats Haven is located at 1412 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. If you are considering adopting a cat or helping the rescue by becoming a loving foster you may contact them at 719-635-5000 or go to HappyCatsHaven.org

Gayle

Gayle

Hello,
It is a pleasure to be connecting with you on this wonderful website where so many animals are receiving great care.
I began sitting for pets as a sophomore in high school.  Since then, I’ve cared for more than fifteen breeds of dog and I’ve stayed in people’s homes for extended periods. There’s been other animals included too – a pig, chickens, horses, and cats mostly. And, it’s always been a joy. The opportunity to care for other people’s pets is a mini-retreat. I work from home, am an artist and writer, and spending time with animals is a unique gift. Walking is my favorite form of exercise!
I am the mother of two grown boys who are native to Colorado. They are both very entrepreneurial, running their own businesses to make ends meet. The boys were raised in Woodland Park and left after graduation to live in Portland, Oregon. My oldest son came back a couple of years ago to start a dump truck business and now lives in Woodland Park again!
In my life right now, there’s a dachshund, pointer, and Chesapeake Bay retriever. These are dogs living with people close to me. I’m comfortable giving medications and taking care of specific needs. I look forward to meeting and caring for your furry family!
Kelly

Kelly

I’ve always been passionate about animals and I love to work with them. I’ve been pet sitting for friends for years and now I’d like to pet sit for you! I currently volunteer as a Puppy Raiser with a Guide Dog organization that provides dogs free of charge to individuals with visual imparement. I work with a puppy from 8 weeks to 18 months old, preparing them for Guide Work with basic, specialized, and situational training. I’m happy to impart any dog wisdom if you ask! I’m comfortable working with large, strong dogs as well as small or inbetween! Big or small, I truly love them all! At home I have a cat named Raven who loves chin scratches and the cat grass I grow.
I’m punctual, organized, and I’d love to meet you and your fur family! When I visit your home you can expect text and photo updates, plenty of playtime and fun, and lots of love for your pet.
When I’m not working with animals you can find me backpacking on the Colorado Trail, tinkering with my vintage sewing machine, or curled up with a book.
Suzie

Suzie

Hello:)  My name is Suzie.  My dog and I are brand new transplants to the beautiful state of Colorado.  Besides owning dogs and cats most of my life, for the last two years I have been living in Dallas, TX, where I owned my own pet sitting and dog walking company.  The most difficult part of leaving Texas was having to say goodbye to all of my furry friends.  I have a beautiful 11 year old black lab named Buddy, who I adopted a year ago.  He owns my heart:)  Walking dogs and caring for animals is an absolute passion for me and I feel grateful for the opportunity to meet and care for your pets.
So what makes a Professional a Professional?

So what makes a Professional a Professional?

 From my perspective, and I will not hide any biases – from my perspective as a Professional Pet Sitter, the difference lays inherently in the experience and education. I’m not saying that X amount of years caring for pets means that you are a professional pet sitter – you can have 5 years experience in 5 weeks if you visit enough pets, it’s the experience you have been exposed to and if you have taken the time to always learn how to be the best. I would consider my staff professional pet sitters – while some of them have only been with me for 3 months, they have gone through extensive training and learned just about everything I know from the past 22 years of running Little Paws Pet Sitting. They have been educated and have been equipped with the tools to handle every situation, from human to pet. Having that access to that amount and quality of information, the brand, the direct connection to the person that makes the decisions or being that person that makes the final decision is what for me, denotes a professional. Who cares if a sit gets missed, an accident occurs or an emergency happens? An owner of a pet sitting company, whether solo or staffed to the 9’s does – it’s their life! How they have trained to handle the issue that occurred or put procedures in place for their staff to follow to make certain the number one priority is the client’s pet – makes that person a professional pet sitter in my book.

For now, no regulatory authority exists to determine if a person providing care for your pets is professional or not. Until then – as a pet owner, ask the right questions. Ask what experience that person has, ask what is their backup plan, ask what their emergency plan is, ask what education they have completed to make certain your pet is their number 1? They should be educated, possess current business licensure/permits, use a contract, provide background checks, and provide insurance.

A professional should go the extra mile, they should have every tool available in their tool box and they should have the experience of how to use them. AND they should physically be able to care for and help your pets!

Christina

Christina

Hello Pet Lovers.  My name is Christina. I am a long time Pet Lover from the small and furry to the large and hairy.  I have been a Veterinary Technician since 1991 and have enjoyed all aspects of pet care.  I am currently a stay at home caregiver for my elderly father.

My furry family includes 1 Shiba Inu and 1 domestic shorthair cat well as 2 pound puppy “Granddogs” and a Main Coon “Grandcat”. We enjoy spending time at Fountain Creek Regional park walking the dogs and meeting new friends. The cats and I spend our morning watching the birds at the birdfeeders and enjoying our morning caffeine (Well I enjoy mine, they just watch)

When I’m not caring for the people or the animals you will find me in the kitchen cooking for the masses.  I enjoy entertaining and I love to cook for big groups.

 I have been in the Colorado Springs/Fountain area since 1991 and love the area, I have been pet sitting since 1991 and enjoy being able to help people feel more comfortable when they must leave home without their furry loved ones.

Julie

Julie

My name is Julie and I am excited to be part of the Little Paws Pet Sitting team.

I have been around animals all of my life. As a child I had what my mom fondly called “a zoo”. Cats, a dog, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, turtles and small exotic birds. I could never get enough of my furry friends.

I grew up always wanting to work with animals. I have been a certified veterinary technician since 2010. At home I have multiple rescue cats and a German Shepherd named Razzmatazz. My mother and I live together and share the responsibility of taking care of all our animals.

I have experience in the veterinary field as well as house sitting and pet sitting throughout my life. I want you to feel comfortable leaving your fur babies and your home in my care. I will do my very best to make it an excellent experience for both you and your pets.

Diane

Diane

Hello everyone!

My name is Diane and I’m so excited to meet you and your fur babies!
I’ve grown up around all kinds of animals. We always had dogs and cats but also fish, birds, mice, and a squirrel here and there. I grew up on a farm as well for a few years with cows, goats, sheep, ducks, etc.
My family has always said I need to go into a field with animals because I’m so good with them. Sometimes my family and some friends would call me an animal whisperer. I’ve worked with strays, volunteered at an aquarium, pet sat neighbors animals, and so on.
Because of all this and my love and passion for animals I’m going to school to be a vet tech right now! So rest assured, your babies are in good hands!