January 09, 2007 08:30 ET

FETCH! Pet Care™ Expands Into North and East Columbus, Ohio

Nation's Preeminent Professional Pet Care Network Now Servicing North and East Columbus, Ohio Pet Owners

NEW ALBANY, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 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 Ohio's North and East Columbus region to provide area residents with unsurpassed pet care services. This new franchise marks the 58th 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.

Gary and Jeanne Spicer, who own and operate FETCH! Pet Care of North and East Columbus, augmented their professions in corporate America to establish the franchise, capitalizing on a unique opportunity to combine their love of animals with a proven, turnkey home-based business for one of the lowest capital investments in the franchise industry today. They now provide pet owners throughout North and East Columbus, Ohio, including New Albany, Gahanna, Westerville, Pickerington and Worthington, 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 Spicer. "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 February 15, 2007 FETCH! Pet Care of North and East Columbus is offering a 10% discount off each new client's initial service. FETCH! Pet Care of North and East Columbus can be reached by telephone at (614) 360-2427 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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