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Jun 26, 2007


Ottawa - June 26, 2007

A new business is allowing pets that can't stand going to the kennel or to be boarded, or who can no longer fly with Air Canada, to remain in the cozy comfort of their own homes when pet parents go out of town or are just too busy with work.

"Pets are children that don't grow up, and pet parents want to give them the best that they can," Amy Shannon Leclair says, "unfortunately, many pets have not had a good response with boarding and kennels, and now that Air Canada won’t fly pets onboard, pet parents need to know about the safe and economical alternative available through pet sitting services."

"Air Canada’s decision to stop flying pets is certainly translating into more calls for our services and we’re quite pleased to be in a position to meet that growing demand,” adds Leclair.  “In fact, that demand is exactly why we’re pursuing opening a second office in the Outaouais in the near future.”

Staying at home benefits pets in many ways,“ says Amy Shannon Leclair, owner of Loving Paws & House Sitting, which has been serving pets and helping pet parents in French & English across Ottawa & Gatineau with a trained team of 10 sitters since 2005.  “Pets staying home means:

  • less stress – sights, smells, and sounds say ‘home’;

  • same diet & exercise – routine is followed;

  • no travel trauma – avoids having to give pre-travel pills (for motion sickness) or post-trauma care to pets;

  • ensured health – zero exposure to illness from other animals;

  • rapid access to local vet – a pet in distress will be taken to a vet right away; and

  • friendly TLC – personal and loving attention and affection.”

Pet parents also benefit a lot too,” adds Leclair, "which translates into:

  • confidence – the sitter is insured and bonded;

  • safety – having undergone reference checks, any sitter coming to a home is a legitimate, law-abiding pet lover who shares pet parent’s feeling for their family pet(s);

  • convenience – visits are to the client’s home, keys are picked up and dropped off, and payments may be made easily online;

  • knowledge – sitters are backed by first aid certification, a detailed emergency plan, rapid access to extensive animal medical care expertise;

  • peace of mind – web-based software allows pet parents to check on their pets via Internet, after sitters add daily diary notes on the client’s online account; and

  • security – homes are checked and given that ‘lived-in look’.”

“We serve cats, dogs, and small animals like birds, reptiles, and rabbits,” says Leclair, “and some of our sitters have also offered doggy day-care services in their homes.  In addition to pet and house sitting services, we also offers private walks or outings to area dog parks, as well as at-home mid-day puppy breaks, special medical and dental care, and can undertake a variety of chores to prepare and freshen up a home prior to a client’s return.

Sitters set up initial consultations with pet parents to become acquainted with the home, the pets and their routines, and to introduce themselves.  Rates will vary depending on the number of animals in the home and the number and length of visits per day, and they can be customized to meet customers' needs,” Amy Shannon Leclair says.

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