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Fetch Pet Care service brings sitters to your home

A new pet care service in Katy has opened just in time for traveling pet owners to find in-home care for their furry, scaly or feathery friends.

Fetch Pet Care, America’s largest franchised provider of professional dog walking and in-home pet sitting services opened its business to Katy residents in early November. The services include puppy check-ins, private dog walking, pet sitting, overnight care and pet transportation, said Fetch owner William Melendy.

All caregivers must undergo a thorough background check prior to employment, he noted. Melendy hand-picks and trains each dog walker and pet sitter on his team. Each pet care provider is bonded, insured and has specialized skills in caring for dogs, cats, birds and other small caged animals, said Beth Richman, media relations representative for Fetch.

To establish a relationship between the Fetch team member and the prospective client, Melendy offers free consultations.

Clients will also have access to the company’s mobile app for scheduling and communicating with team members. The app includes features such as GPS tracking to enable clients to locate their animal during a walk and a journal for the sitter’s notes, photos and more, Richman said.

Caregivers are carefully trained on a number of issues, but Melendy is especially proud of the “fear-free certified” training his employees receive. “They can work with pets that are particularly shy or nervous, which is one of the biggest concerns for pet owners,” Melendy explained.

With puppy sitting, caregivers train and socialize the puppy while owners are at work.

Pet sitting services include a sitter stopping by to give pets food, water and attention. Sitters will give daily updates including photos and videos. Daytime or nighttime options are available. “It’s especially good for those people that are traveling on business on a regular basis or during the holidays, right now, when people are out visiting family or are on vacation,” Melendy said.

The pet sitting services also offer de facto home sitting benefits, Melendy added. “If we are doing any kind of in-home service, we will also pick up your mail. Any packages that are at your front door, will take care of those as well. We’ll turn on and off lights to make it appear that you’re home,” he said. “So you get home sitting at the same time as well.”

Dog walking service options include one-time or recurring walks for 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

“I knew I wanted to work directly with people and also possibly with pets, so I began researching franchise opportunities that would be a fit,” Melendy said. “I learned about Fetch and quickly realized it was a match.”

For a free consultation with a member of the Fetch Katy team, call 713-571-2398 or email katy@fetchpetcare.com.

“As a longtime pet owner, I can understand the importance of finding a trusted pet care provider and am looking forward to serving residents in Katy and other communities west of Houston,” Melendy said.

claire.goodman@chron.com

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