November 08, 2007 07:30 ET

New York/New Jersey-Area FETCH! Pet Care™ Launches 'Pet Portrait' Service in Time for Holiday Gift Giving

Region's Leading Pet Care Company Now Offering New York and New Jersey Pet Owners and Gift Givers Professionally Rendered Artistic Keepsakes of That Special Companion

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex, which operates as part of America's largest and most sophisticated professional pet sitting and dog walking network, today announced the launch of its new custom "Pet Portrait" service, which offers pet owners the opportunity to capture their beloved animal on canvas for posterity. Just in time for the holidays, the service is also available to seasonal shoppers seeking a meaningful gift sure to be cherished by the recipient for years to come.

Through the service, FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex's resident artist, Kristine L. Wendt, captures the beauty, essence and unique personality of any type of pet from either photographs submitted to the company by USPS or via email, or on-site through a pet "sitting" of the artistic kind. Wendt's talent in fine art has been widely commissioned by a variety of professional organizations, and is now available on-demand to pet lovers throughout the region as FETCH! Pet Care's of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex's newest service offering.

Prices for the company's new Pet Portrait service starts at just $40, standard sizes range from 8"x10" to 24"x26", and a variety of mediums are offered, including oil on canvas, pastel, colored pencil, graphite and water color. Custom renderings and framing are also available.

"As I do, so many of our clients regard their pets as bona fide family members," notes Jill Iurato, owner and operator of FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex. "Through this new service, we have a unique opportunity to give our clients a lifetime memory of a special animal friend that will last for generations. This also allows us to establish a more personal and meaningful relationship with our clients, which is something we strive for on a daily basis."

FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex provides pet owners throughout Southern Orange County, New York and Northern Sussex, New Jersey, including Augusta, Greenwood Lake, New Hampton and Washingtonville, with a range of pet care services far beyond pet portraits that meet every need and budget, including boarding and daycare in the sitter's home, overnight sitting or daily visits in the client's home, private and group dog walks, pet taxiing, and miscellaneous home care. A free in-home consultation permits clients, pets and sitters to get pre-acquainted and address each pet's unique needs.

"With respect to pet care, selecting a sitter to look after a pet and a home is a critically important decision," notes Iurato. "There's no need for area residents to impose on family members or friends, or subject one's pet to kennel boarding, as our highly trained and well screened staff of sitters ensures all pets receive the love, attention and skilled treatment expected of a professional caregiver."

Iurato concludes, "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."

Through January 31, 2008 new FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex clients who secure pet care services valued at $400.00 or above will receive a complimentary 8"x10" graphite portrait of their pet. Contact us at 845-678-3047 or for details.

About FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex

FETCH! Pet Care of Southern Orange & Northern Sussex is the region's pet sitting industry market leader -- the new face of pet care in the 21st century. The company offers a humane alternative to kennel boarding by providing loving overnight and/or daily care to any kind of pet in the most professional and reliable manner possible. FETCH! Pet Care is a proud standing member of Pet Sitters International -- the world's foremost organization for professional pet sitters. The company can be reached by telephone at 845-678-3047 and via email at or on the web at

Note to Editors: Free "press review" pet portraits and complete size/medium/price list breakdown available upon request for related story preparation. High and low resolution examples existing pet portraits also available upon request. Contact Merilee Kern at or 858-577-0206 for more information.

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