The Animal Nannies - Pet Sitting Services
 

 
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Contra Costa Times
Brentwood News (CA)
May 13, 2011
ANIMAL CAREGIVER OFFERS PERSONALIZED PET SERVICES 
Author: STAFF

Section: News

Page: 3A

Estimated printed pages: 2

Article Text:

Name of business: The Animal Nannies

Type of business: Personalized pet care services in your home.

Owner: Julie Rezendes

Founded: 2007

Address: Serving Discovery Bay

Website: www.TheAnimalNannies.com

Phone: 925-513-2757

Hours: Monday through Sunday (including holidays) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
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Products and services:

 The Animal Nannies offer personalized pet care, including pet-sitting, in a client's home. This keeps the pets secure and familiar in their own environment. They also offer dog walking and midday potty breaks, for pet owners who work.

       Animal Nannies also provides pet medication services for those who may need assistance whether they are away from home or not. The owner, Julie Rezendes, is familiar with the special needs of senior pets. She has taken care of mostly domestic animals, a few exotics, including an occasional duck or two.

       Rezendes' visits include bringing in the mail, newspapers and garbage receptacles as well as disposing of animal waste. She make sure the home is secure and also provide additional services that can be tailored to the clients needs. Currently she only accepts clients from Discovery Bay.

How did you get into the business?:

 "I've always loved taking care of animals," Rezendes said. "I had the chance to work alongside professional pet sitter Pat Domingo, a wonderful lady. She wanted to retire, and I fell in love with the business."

    Rezendes said she continued Domingo's tradition of personalized service. "We still keep in touch, and when she's not traveling, she loves to help me out," Rezendes said.


Best part of the business?: 

"That's easy: visiting the animals and getting to know each of their own little personalities," she said. "They are all so sweet."

She also said it is rewarding to build relationships with her clients and their animal companions, which of course are part of their families. "It's been so fun, and I laugh a lot every day," Rezendes said.

Worst part of the business:

 "I wouldn't say worst, but it is sad when clients move away, or when their animal companions pass away," she said. "It breaks your heart."

Key to success:

 "Referrals," Rezendes said. "It's the best compliment I can get." She said she has many references from satisfied clients and truly loves what she does.

"I strive to offer pet owners peace of mind when they are away from home," Rezendes said.

Biggest misperception about the business:

 "That it is not a serious profession," she said. She explained that being an animal care provider is a great responsibility. She is not only taking care of the animal's well-being, but assuring the client's home is secure.

"I am a licensed professional, insured and bonded," she said.
She belongs to the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. (NAPPS). She is also a member of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Future plans: Here future goals include continuing to do what she loves to do, and that is taking care of animals. She also said that perhaps to expand the business to Brentwood.

"My sons are showing interest, maybe they will continue on with me when they are older," she said.
-- Roni Gehlke

Copyright (c) 2011 Brentwood News.
Record Number: 1553236Contra Costa Times

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