October 04, 2005 07:30 ET

FETCH! Pet Care™ Continues Steady U.S. Franchise Expansion

Nation's Preeminent Professional Pet Care Network Now Servicing Over 300 Cities and Towns; Ushers in a New Era of Expert-Based Care Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy

BERKELEY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 4, 2005 -- FETCH! Pet Care, America's largest and most sophisticated pet care franchise that offers professional pet sitting and dog walking services, today announced that its aggressive territory growth persists, having recently established the 25th franchise location. In aggregate, FETCH! Pet Care now services over 300 cities and towns throughout California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York and North Dakota.

“With over sixty percent of U.S. households owning one or more pets, the demand for professional pet sitting and dog walking services is at an all-time high -- especially one like ours that allows pets to maintain their daily routine and avoid health concerns that have been associated with kennel boarding, including depression, kennel cough and canine influenza,” said Paul Mann, founder and president of the nationally franchised FETCH! Pet Care. “Our in-home care services also allow pets to receive the attention, affection and security needed while their owners are away. Because many pet owners are frustrated by the lack of professional and reliable caregivers, or reluctant to kennel board their pets due to health and other valid concerns, our safe, convenient, and nurturing care is meeting, and in some cases exceeding, a distinct need in the pet care marketplace.”

Mann continued, "FETCH! Pet Care offers those seeking a sound, low-risk business venture a unique opportunity to combine their love of animals with a proven, turnkey home-based business for just $5,000 -- among the lowest capital investments in the franchise industry today. With the pet care business growing exponentially and the demand for services outpacing supply, ours has proven to be a recession resistant business opportunity -- a rarity in today's tumultuous business climate."

Offering a level of quality and service that is unsurpassed in the industry, FETCH! Pet Care provides consumers with a wide range of pet care service options that meet every need and budget, including in-home boarding and daycare services conveniently located in the sitter's own homes, overnight sitting or daily pet visits in the client's homes, private dog walks, group dog exercise, pet taxiing, and even miscellaneous home care and yard waste cleanup. A free in-home consultation permits clients, pets and sitters to get pre-acquainted, ask and answer questions, and address each individual pet's unique needs.

To assure a current or prospective client's question never goes unanswered or a need unmet, each FETCH! Pet Care franchise employs a large staff of professional pet sitters, utilizes a sophisticated telephone dispatch system, as well as proprietary software programs to track assignments and deliver real-time electronic order confirmations to its clients and automatic assignment reminders to its sitters. With both pet and home security among the company's top priorities, each sitter throughout the national FETCH! Pet Care network undergoes a thorough criminal and employment background check, references review, and comprehensive pet care training. In addition, each location is fully licensed, bonded and insured.

"Selecting just the right sitter to care for both my pet and my home is not a decision I take lightly," notes Deanne Christopolus, a FETCH! Pet Care client in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Now, however, I no longer need to burden or impose on family members or friends, or worry that my beloved pet will be subjected to kennel boarding. FETCH! Pet Care's highly trained and well-screened sitters ensure my dog receives the love, attention and skilled treatment I expect of a professional caregiver, and that my home remains safe and secure while I'm away. That kind of peace of mind is priceless."

About FETCH! Pet Care, Inc.

Founded in 2002 and with over 300 service areas across the United States, FETCH! Pet Care is the pet sitting industry market leader -- the new face of pet care in the 21st century. The company, which was featured among Entrepreneur magazine's list of franchises under $25,000 in October 2005, 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's carefully selected, screened and trained pet sitters and dog walkers, who are all pet owners themselves, have serviced over 2,000 clients this past year alone, and the company is a proud standing member of Pet Sitters International -- the world's foremost organization for professional pet sitters. For franchise information or to find a location near you, visit the company's Web site at or call the corporate office at 866-338-2463.

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    Merilee Kern
    Kern Communications
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    Paul Mann
    FETCH! Pet Care, Inc.
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