SOURCE: FETCH! Pet Care

October 22, 2007 08:30 ET

FETCH! Pet Care™ Expands Into South Austin, Texas

Shudder at the Idea of Boarding Fido or Fluffy? Now There's an Alternative!

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - FETCH! Pet Care, the most trusted name in the home pet care services, today announced it has expanded into south and downtown Austin, Texas. The new franchise is one of more than 100 locations across the country offering a variety of unsurpassed pet care services. Combined, the FETCH! Pet Care network of franchises serve more than 7,500 active clients throughout 1,200 cities and towns in 31 states across the U.S.

Susie Pollard, who owns and operates Austin's newest FETCH! Pet Care franchise, is a devoted animal lover who discovered the business opportunity while searching for pet care options for her beloved terrier mix, Walter, whom she adopted from the Blue Dog Rescue Group. "I was running home from work every day at lunch and immediately afterwards to walk Walter," she explains. "I couldn't believe there wasn't a reputable, national pet sitting service in the area." So she decided to scale back her job at Live Oak - Gottesman to part-time and start her own FETCH! franchise. "Walter and my cat, Romulus, are my babies," Susie adds. "I can't imagine trusting just anyone to take care of them, and the thought of boarding them breaks my heart." Armed with an innate understanding of her clients' emotional needs, Susie offers pet owners a variety of options to meet every need and budget, from daily group dog walks to pet taxiing and overnight sitting for single or multiple dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and more. A free in-home consultation allows clients and sitters to get pre-acquainted and address each pet's unique needs.

"Trusting someone to take care of your pet is a difficult thing to do," notes Susie. "We understand that, and go to great lengths to ensure our pets and their owners are comfortable and happy. Many of our sitters can't have their own pet for some reason -- apartment rules or an allergic partner or roommate -- so they get their fix through FETCH! Others are veterinary technicians, and many are simply multiple pet-owners who want even more furry friends. Above all, they are all highly trained and dedicated to ensuring that the pets in their care receive the love, attention and skilled treatment expected of a professional caregiver, and that the client's home remains secure."

To assure flawless operation, FETCH! Pet Care employs a sophisticated dispatch system that tracks assignments and delivers instant electronic order confirmations. Automatic assignment reminders are sent directly to sitters, an extra step incorporated to increase client confidence. In addition, our pet sitters undergo a thorough criminal background check, reference review and training regimen. Of course, each FETCH! location is fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Paul Mann, FETCH! Pet Care founder and president, notes, "The demand for professional pet care services is at an all-time high -- especially those that allow pets to maintain their routine while receiving the attention they need. With many pet owners frustrated by the lack of professional and reliable caregivers, or reluctant to kennel their pets due to health and other concerns, our safe, convenient and nurturing care provides peace of mind."

As part of the grand opening celebration, through December 1, 2007 FETCH! Pet Care of South Austin is offering a 10% discount off each new client's initial service. FETCH! Pet Care of South Austin can be reached by telephone at 866-338-2463 and via email at southaustin@fetchpetcare.com or on the web at www.fetchpetcare.com.

About FETCH! Pet Care, Inc.

Founded in 2002, FETCH! Pet Care is the pet sitting industry market leader with over 1,200 service areas across the United States. The company offers a humane alternative to kennel boarding by providing loving, in-home overnight and/or daily care to any kind of pet in the most professional and reliable manner possible. FETCH! Pet Care's carefully selected, screened and trained pet sitters and dog walkers, all pet owners themselves, have serviced over 7,500 clients this past year alone. The company has been featured in Small Business Opportunities magazine's top 20 "Boom Businesses" to get into in 2007, was named among Pet Product News International's "25 to Watch in 2007" and was included in Entrepreneur magazine's coveted Franchise 500 list (January 2007) as well as in its "7 Hot Businesses That Can Make You Rich" feature (September 2007). For franchise information or to find a location near you, visit the company's Web site at www.FetchPetCare.com or call the corporate office at 1-866-FETCHME.

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