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Name Years Employed Towns Served
Patty Powell
Owner operator of Paws pet-sitting service.

My love for animals and background in Hospitality and business managment provided me with the the experience to open one of Metrowest's first pet sitting services in 1990. Paws currently employs a dedicated staff of 25 sitters.  I attribute our success to our staff of pet sitters who continually work hard and truly love their jobs. 

In the Fall of 2006 Kathy Sawyer took over the management of our company. I currently working with Kathy to manage and promote the company.

I own two cats and enjoy overnight house and pet sitting.

I am continually grateful to enjoy a very rewarding profession!

26yrs
  • All
Kathy Sawyer

Manager of Paws pet-sitting service. I have worked for Paws since 1993 when Patty hired me after I had used Paws to walk my very active Golden Retriever while I recovered from foot surgery. At first I was employed part time but left my nursing career in 2000 to work full time and now manage Paws along with pet sitting in the Northborough, Westborough, Southborough and Hopkinton areas. My past nursing experience has been helpful with pets needing medications, insulin and fluids. Also I am certified in Dog and Cat First Aid by the Red Cross. I have owned dogs over 35 years, presently two Golden Retrievers Emily and Ellie, also a rescue Coton de Tulear named Rosemary. I enjoy training them and competing in Obedience and Agility.  All” my girls” are also Therapy dogs. I also work part time as an assistant dog trainer. When not involved in all my dog activities I am an avid quilter and enjoy making a line of doggie themed tote bags under the label “ The Sew Nutty Stitcher”!
 

23yrs
  • Hopkinton
  • Northborough
  • Southborough
  • Westboro
Jill Pappas

During the 19 years that I have worked with PAWS pet sitting service, I have owned 6 Golden Retrievers.   The two I now have are 2 yr and 10 yrs old.  I surely love the breed!

22yrs
  • Northborough
  • Shrewsbury
Melissa

I am currently owned by a Chihuahua (Lucy), three cats (Becker, Delilah & Mooch) and a Tortoise (Ophelia). I LOVE my job and being able to meet and care for all sorts of critters! I'm Red Cross Certified in cat and dog First Aid.

19yrs
  • Grafton
  • Northborough
  • Shrewsbury
  • Westboro
Bev Schairer

Bev Schairer

My career in Pet sitting began after having a GREAT experience having you and Kathy take care of Mac and Bailey way back then! 
I have taken a Dog and Cat First Aid Class taught by the american Red Cross and have taken 4 of my dogs through beginner obdience classes.    In my other careers, I am the director of a private child care center for infants through PreKindergarten and I am a wife and mother of 3. I LOVE all of my jobs.
  19yrs
  • Hopkinton
  • Marlborough
  • Northborough
  • Southborough
  • Westboro
19yrs
  • Hopkinton
  • Marlborough
  • Northborough
  • Southborough
  • Westboro
Jean Barry
I have worked for Paws since 2001 and have cared for a variety of pets including dogs, cats, birds and a bearded dragon lizard. My favorite pet is the one I am with!
 
 
 
15yrs
  • Boylston
  • Grafton
  • Northborough
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southborough
  • Westboro
Gail Marconi

I'm Red Cross certified, 9 yrs for PAWS in July, I have 3 dogs, 6 cats and 4 rats for furry family, Married with two boys, My uncles had farms in VT growing up and I Love goats and cows so please send them my way!

13yrs
Joanne Grigos

I enjoy sitting for many types of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, sheep,ect!  I care for animals in my small hometown of Princetown where  I also enjoy working on my 11 acre farm.  I own several cats, two dogs, sheep, chickens and goats. Working with Paws, I have enjoyed meeting many different kinds of animals as well as many people.  I am Red Cross certified in dog and cat CPR.  I hope never to need this knowledge,but feel assured that I could help an animal entrusted in my care if I need to.

11yrs
  • Holden
  • Hubbardston
  • Princeton
  • Rutland
  • Sterling
  • Westminster
Lynda Williams

I own a retired greyhound named Biskite. I adopted Biskite from Greyhound Friends, which is located in Hopkinton, MA and he is the love of my life. Biskite is a 4 year old Blue Fawn boy.

10yrs
  • Auburn
  • Holden
  • Northborough
  • Shrewsbury
  • West Boylston
  • Worcester
Karen Cannistraro

Hi, my name is Karen Cannistraro, Ive been working for PAWS for 4 yrs. and I love it. I have 3 children 15,13 and 12 yrs old. I have 2 dogs, Sampson a 12 yr. old shepard and Diezal a 6 yr. old Jack Russel. I have always loved animals. Working for PAWS has been more rewarding than I ever thought possible. The animals I care for have become so important to me and close to my heart. I should say that I have more than 2 dogs because the dogs I care for I care for them as if they were my own. I look forward to many more years of employment with PAWS

8yrs
  • Hudson
  • Marlborough
  • Southborough
Barbara Brais

I have loved animals of all kinds for as long as I can remember, though I did not get my first dog until I was an adult. It was instant love between him and me, and I cannot now imagine not having a dog in my life. All our animals have been rescues. Our current dog is an American Eskimo named Gulliver, as in Gulliver’s Travels, as he had been in several rescue organizations before he found us. I have taken care of many kinds of animals and birds since getting together with PAWS, including reptiles and rodents, and find them all interesting. There is not another job in the world where you can get such a wonderful welcome just by coming in the door!

18yrs
  • Westboro
Lauren Starr

I have been a petsitter for PAWS for the past 19 years and have thoroughly enjoyed it! While my primary focus is caring for cats, I am available to walk dogs as well and do some overnight visits. The many clients whom I have helped can attest to my high level of professionalism, trustworthiness, dependability, and genuine care for the well being of their pet and home.
I serve  the following communities; Worcester, Auburn, Holden, Paxton ,Shrewsbury and West Boylston

19yrs
  • Auburn
  • Holden
  • Paxton
  • Shrewsbury
  • West Boylston
  • Worcester
Wayne McKinna

I enjoy taking care of dogs.
They are more than man's best friend!
  They are family.
 

2yrs
  • Grafton
  • Upton
  • Westboro
  • Whitinsville