A MESSAGE TO MY LOVELY DOG WALKING CLIENTS!
As many of you know, I (Jessica) have been working full time as a dog walker for quite some time now and my Mom (Holly) has been working alongside me as much as she can part time whilst also working her full time job as a community carer. It has been a dream of ours to be able to both work full time together in our passion and love for animals since I started up nine years ago as a hobby pet sitter. It was my Mom and her Mom (my Grandmother) who passed their love for animals down to me from a young age as I was brought up around animals my entire life working in my Nans rescue Cattery after school and on the weekends and taking in any strays and acquiring many new members of animal family on a regular basis at home with my Mom. This month it gives me great pleasure in mentioning that my Mom has finally been able to hand her notice in at her previous job to follow her dreams of working with animals full time with me! Her first day as my full time business partner will be Monday 12th October 2015!
If you haven't met her already, please meet my Mother; Holly (pictured below):
Following this exciting news, we have also become increasingly busy over the past couple of months due to an influx of over 10 new dog walking clients in the last month alone and more booked in to start with us next month! And although we are very excited that we are growing so rapidly, it has become very much apparent that even with my Mom going full time with me next week, we are in much need of some more help to meet the demands of all our clients and ensure everything is running smoothly and efficiently in line with our care agreements. So in conclusion to this issue, we have been searching for new members of bank staff to join our dog walking team bringing me to our next announcement...
Meet Jo! (Pictured below with her dog Red):
Jo will be starting her training with me to become a part of the Little Paws Team tomorrow! Here is a little bit about Jo...
Jo and her family moved to Sutton Coldfield around 18 months ago and now that her son has started secondary school she has a fair amount of spare time on her hands! Jo has owned dogs for nearly 20 years and currently has two young border collies and owns a variety of other pets such as 3 x cats, 3 x ferrets, 2 x hamsters, 1 x mouse and 4 x gerbils. In addition to having experience of domestic pets she also has experience with British wildlife as she worked voluntarily for the British Wildlife Rescue Centre just outside of Stafford for over five years (2008-2013). More recently she worked voluntarily for Age UK as a Physical Activity Trainer (2013-2014), however due to their move to Sutton Coldfield had to finish. She enjoys walking dogs in all weathers and thoroughly enjoys working outdoors (even in miserable weather). Upon meeting with Jo, it was immediately apparent that Jo is honest, friendly, eager to work hard and above all has a real love for working with all animals and people.
Jo has been fully vetted personally by me. She carries a valid up to date clean DBS check, a full clean driving licence and a suitable vehicle to transfer customers pets. She has a dogs 1st aid certificate and is also currently studying a feline 1st aid course.
We will see how we get on with the three of us working together and consider adding onto the team if and when required in future. We hope that you will all welcome Jo with open arms as we did!
Welcome to the team Jo!!
Here's a sneak peak at our new family size cat pens! Start making bookings now for up to three cats per pen!
We want to thank all our regular clients and customers by rewarding them with a discount on future bookings when they recommend a friend to us! Get a friend to use any of our services and gain discounted or free services on your next booking! Recommend a friend today...
Our Dog Walking and Home Sitting services are now available in Castle Bromwich!
We now offer our Dog Walking and Home Sitting services not only within Sutton Coldfield, but also now within Castle Bromwich too!
Little Paws have taken to Castle Bromwich area to provide our home services to more members of the public. We hope to keep on expanding and eventually offer this service throughout the whole of the UK!
Please show your support...
Take a look at an article posted by the local MP of The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield where he mentions our business.
He is just one of the many happy clients of our local dog walking services here in Sutton Coldfield and we couldn't be prouder that he would mention us in his article!
Little Paws Pets are a personal and professional pet sitting business. Operating for over eight years and offering a number of pet services ranging from our Cattery and Small Pet Sitting to our Dog Walking and Home Sitting services, Little Paws offer endless opportunities for all pet owners within the local area of Sutton Coldfield, no job too big or small.
We are currently advertising two positions for the right candidate to start work as a Dog Walker and Home Sitter within the Sutton Coldfield area.
Looking after animals is a very important duty. Our clients are looking for responsible, knowledgable and trustworthy individuals to take care of their pets in their absence. Little Paws Pets are a very personal service provider, taking time to get to know our clients and their pets and putting in that little bit of extra effort to ensure their pets are looked after in a way they are used to and comfortable with.
Pay: £6.50 per hour
Hours p/w: part time with a view to going full time (5+)
- feeding animals adhering to each individual feeding plan as shown on file
- cleaning facilities to a high standard of cleanliness
- Ensuring the indoor and outdoor facilities are clean and tidy at all times
- filling out all paperwork and filing away
- meeting potential clients in their own homes to discuss care plans for their pets
- collecting and dropping off keys when clients leave and return from vacations
- entering clients homes to care for their animals in their absence ensuring a high level of security of clients homes
- collecting dogs from clients homes and walking them meeting the requirements set by the dog owner
- taking payments via card or cash and adding payments to the chequebook
- answering queries and offering advice to clients regarding our services
- Answering incoming calls and taking bookings entering them onto our online calendar
- meeting and greeting clients dropping off and picking up pets from our cattery and pet sitting facilities
- health checking pets each day and recording any concerns in the care book
- organising and labelling clients property
- completing an assessment of any new dogs after their first walk with Little Paws Pets and submitting it to the manager
- staying at clients homes overnight if and when needed
The ideal candidate would need:
- current and up to date CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check (formerly DBS) received within the past 5 years
- current and up to date driving license and means of transport i.e. Your own vehicle
- some knowledge of domestic animals, qualifications not necessary but would be of an advantage
- physical fitness and a full bill of health due to the nature of the job
- some experience with animals (most importantly dogs, rabbits and cats) whether it be within a work environment or at home
- a friendly and helpful attitude towards clients, able to build a relationship with everyone who comes in to Little Paws giving a good impression of the business all around
- able to work on your own initiative
- able to work well alone or as part of a team
- own an iPhone as we use an app to clock in and out of each job
If you do not possess a driving license, vehicle, iPhone and CRB check please do not apply.
Please send your CV and give us a good reason why you feel you would be the ideal candidate for the job. Do you feel you can fill this position? We will contact you within two weeks if we feel you would be good for the position. If you are not contacted regarding this position within two weeks time, please assume that you were not successful as due to high levels of applications, we cannot respond to sll applicants.
We have some wonderful news for Cat owners today! We have been accepted for planning permission for three Cat pens and further to an inspection carried out by Birmingham City Council today, we have been accepted for a License for the three pens too!
Following a great disappointment last year being told we were unable to run a Cattery, we have worked hard and persevered and have been given the all clear for three pens today. We are hoping to keep going and to eventually apply for a further nine pens in future. We may be rejected for this due to our residential location but we won't give up!
So thank you to everyone who offered a helping hand, for advice and encouragement. You have been so kind, we could not have done it without you!
Unfortunately we have received some very disappointing news today. We have been perusing a Cattery Licence for some time now but unfortunately they have told us today that we will not be granted permission to board cats at our location. We received declination of planning permission to board cats at our location from the Council due to the likelihood of increased noise and traffic on our road.
This has been an extremely devastating blow to us as we have put so much time, money and effort into building a loving and caring cattery which offers a great service to pet owners especially given the ridiculous reasoning such as increased traffic and noise!
We are so sorry to inform you that we will no longer be offering cat boarding services due to this decision and so will not be permitted to keep any cats in our premises in future. We hope this has not been a great inconvenience and we recommend using Little Hay cattery which is just round the corner from us.
Our deepest apologies and best wishes.
I would just like to stress that we are still able to board any small animals and we intend to build on this further in the very near future! Look out for luxury rabbit and Guinea Pig boarding facilities coming soon...
Little Paws Pets have introduced Dog Walking to our list of services this year and so far the feedback has been wonderful! We have been working hard with families in the local area of Sutton Coldfield to give their beloved pups the exercise and training they really deserve and need. Does your dog need walkies?...
My name is Jessica Spencer, I am a 21 year old animal lover and my passion and hobby is my pets. I set this website up along with my own small family business from home where I united all of the family to start a business combining our common interests together which created the perfect working team. I am responsible and friendly and I have a tendency to put the care of animals first throughout my life. These traits combined with the help of my loving family has accumulated a great new career path for us and we are growing bigger and stronger every year. Here you will find information on any recent activity and developments going on at Little Paws Pets. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!