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Nannimals-Animal Nannies offering home pet care services

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Kathleen Harpley owns and operates Nannimals-Animal Nannies LLC, a pet care business in Bath. She is pictured above with clients Nubbin in her arms and Vince, center, on the leash, along with her dog Maddie.
Photo courtesy of Nannimals – Animal Nannies LLC
BATH — Nannimals-Animal Nannies LLC provides in-home pet care for owners away for the day, the weekend or longer.

Owner/operator Kathleen Harpley explained her business offers animal companionship and care that goes “above and beyond the pets’ basic needs.”

Harpley said she has been a certified professional pet sitter since August 2012 and is the only one in the area with this designation. She added she also has been a certified pet tech pet first aid instructor since 2006 and has 18 years of experience in the business.

“There are a lot of hobby pet sitters out there, but I offer professional certifications that cover all aspects of the business,” she said.

Harpley said she and other independent pet sitters she calls on during the very busy holiday seasons, all of which she said have been background checked, provide in-home pet care to a wide range of animals that include cats, dogs, birds, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, iguanas, horses, chickens and sheep.

She added she offers help to people who have long work days, have to go away for business or a family emergency, travel for vacation or if they are recovering due to medical reasons.

“My service is customized for each animal because every pet is different and they each have their own needs,” said Harpley. “I meet with the pet and person before service begins to collect information and make sure both are comfortable with me.”

The care can include several visits per day to provide fresh water and food, daily cleaning of a litter box and mucking out the stalls for horses as necessary. She also offers walking, playtime and administering medications and shots, if needed. While she is caring for animals, Harpley said she also looks at them to make sure they are healthy. In addition, she can provide taxi service for trips to the vet or groomer.

Harpley said she also will pick up mail and do home checks.

“I give pet owners an opportunity to go away with peace of mind,” said Harpley.

Harpley added home care offers pets the comfort of their own home, where the sights, sounds and smells are familiar, reduces the trauma of a new environment and minimizes exposure to illnesses from other animals.

“I have a calling for caring for animals,” said Harpley. “It’s a labor of love for me, and I have several generations of pets from clients that I have cared for.”

Harpley will offer a pet first aid class for pet owners in August that will be open to the public. For details, contact her at 330-668-2273.

For more information, visit www.nannimals.com.


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