SOURCE: FETCH! Pet Care

September 20, 2005 07:30 ET

FETCH! Pet Care™ Expands Into Union City

Nation's Preeminent Professional Pet Care Network Now Servicing South Bay Pet Owners; Flexing Its 'Marketing Muscle' to Support the Louisiana SPCA

UNION CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2005 -- 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 Union City, California to provide South Bay residents with unsurpassed pet care services. This new franchise marks the 23rd FETCH! Pet Care location that, in aggregate, now service over 300 cities and towns throughout California, Louisiana, Missouri, New York and North Dakota.

Kevin Jones and Barry Highsted, who own and operate FETCH! Pet Care of South Bay, have respectively scaled back their professions in the healthcare industry to establish the franchise, capitalizing on 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. They now provide pet owners throughout Union City and surrounding areas 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 Highsted. "Now, there's no need to impose on family members or friends, or subject their pet to kennel boarding. Our highly trained staff of sitters ensure 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 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 October 31st FETCH! Pet Care of South Bay is offering a 10% discount off each new client's initial service. In addition, FETCH! Pet Care is also levering its marketing resources to facilitate cash donations for the Louisiana SPCA -- now a shelter for pets rescued after Hurricane Katrina. Cash donations can be made either via the FETCH! Pet Care Web site at www.fetchpetcare.com, or to the Louisiana SPCA directly at http://www.la-spca.org/forms/donations.htm.

FETCH! Pet Care of South Bay can be reached by telephone at (510) 477-0500 and via email at southbay@fetchpetcare.com.

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 company offers a humane alternative to kennel boarding by providing loving overnight and/or daily care to any kind of pet in a professional and reliable manner. For franchise information or to find a location near you, visit the company online at www.fetchpetcare.com or call 866-338-2463.

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