January 16, 2007 11:00 ET

FETCH! Pet Care™ Expands Into California's Foothills Sierras and Elk Grove

Nation's Preeminent Professional Pet Care Network Now Servicing Pet Owners Throughout California's Foothills Sierras and Elk Grove Regions

PLACERVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- FETCH! Pet Care, America's largest and most sophisticated pet care franchise offering professional pet sitting and dog walking services, today announced it has launched a new location in the Elk Grove and Foothills Sierras regions to provide area residents with unsurpassed pet care services. This new franchise marks the 62nd FETCH! Pet Care location that, in aggregate, now service over 900 cities and towns throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

Joe Urbani, who owns and operates FETCH! Pet Care of Elk Grove and Foothills Sierras, gave up his profession in management and marketing to establish the franchise, capitalizing on a unique opportunity to combine his love of animals with a proven, turnkey home-based business for one of the lowest capital investments in the franchise industry today. He now provides pet owners throughout Placerville, CA, including Elk Grove, Pollock Pines and Camino, with a range of services 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.

"Selecting a sitter to care for a pet and a home is a critically important decision," notes Urbani. "Now, there's no need to impose on family members or friends, or subject one's pet to kennel boarding. Our highly trained staff of sitters ensures all pets receive the love, attention and skilled treatment expected of a professional caregiver, and that the client's home remains secure."

To assure operational efficiencies, FETCH! Pet Care employs a sophisticated telephone dispatch system and advanced software that tracks assignments and delivers real-time electronic client order confirmations and automated sitter assignment reminders. In addition, each sitter undergoes a thorough criminal background check, references review, and training regimen, and each 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 March 1, 2007 FETCH! Pet Care of Elk Grove and Foothills Sierras is offering a 10% discount off each new client's initial service. FETCH! Pet Care of Elk Grove and Foothills Sierras can be reached by telephone at 530-554-2033 and via email at or on the web at

About FETCH! Pet Care, Inc.

Founded in 2002 and with over 900 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 the top 20 boom businesses to get into by Small Business Opportunities magazine in January 2007 and Entrepreneur magazine's 107 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-FETCHME.

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