Four Paws Pet-Sitting Service
Professional Pet-Sitting Services Available
We are your best friend’s best friend while you’re away!
WelcomeWelcome to Four Paws Pet-Sitting Service’s web site! Thank you for your interest and for considering Four Paws as your pet care professional.
Background - Four Paws is locally owned by Debra Y. Milton. Four Paws is an alternative to kenneling and doggie-day care. Four Paws comes to you. Four Paws specializes in cats and dogs. Four Paws is veterinarian recommended and we have excellent references along with many years of experience. Please review the site and feel free to contact Four Paws with any questions you may have regarding the services we provide. Debra has been a member of and a volunteer for the Douglas County Humane Society since 1983. Debra’s professional memberships have included Pet Sitters International, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, the Georgia Network of Professional Petsitters and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Four Paws is bonded and insured with Business Insurers of the Carolinas and serves the Douglasville area.
Community Service - Over the years, with community assistance, Four Paws Pet-Sitting Service has made quite an impact on our community. We have provided Oxygen Recovery Masks for every fire station in Douglas County as well as city and county K-9 units and we collected over 8,000 pounds of pet food during the annual Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drives. We provided funds to purchase a K-9 Bullet Proof Vest for canine officer Muis, we annually donated funds to the Kmart Blue Lite childrens’ event, Newspapers in Education program, children’s voice (CASA) and to SHARE House shelter for abused women and children, we sponsored fire and law enforcement events such as Adopt-A-Cop, LEAPS, CLEA and Heroes Day, we sponsored Radar/T Rex, a psychiatric service dog for Combat Medic Brian Hall to aid Medic Hall in his daily life, we sponsored the Douglas County Public Library’s children’s events and programs and the Douglas County Humane Society’s annual car and motorcycle shows, we provided donations to many local humane societies, shelters and rescue groups, we provided Christmas stocking items for our soldiers overseas thru Soldiers’ Angels as well as donating funds annually to Chase Away K9 Cancer, Pennies for Police Service Dogs penny drive. Four Paws Pet-Sitting Service’s community involvement list goes on and on. Articles along with photos of many of the events sponsored by Four Paws Pet-Sitting Service can be reviewed by clicking the “Four Paws in the News” tab.
Debra pauses to reflect on her career - I have been with pets seven days a week, from early morning to late at night for many years and I will always cherish the time I spend with each furry family member. Words cannot express what you and your pets have meant to me. I have spent the best of times with you and also some of the worst of times. I have carried out requests made by pet parents who themselves have past away and left provisions in their wills as to how they wanted me to care for the precious furry family members they left behind. I have been with you during the birth and adoption of many of your precious pets and also for the hospice care and euthanasia of your ill and aging pets. Thank you for granting me the opportunity to be there during those events.
What is Pet Sitting? – The definition of pet sitting is “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.”
How does the service work? – Whether you are on vacation, spending long hours at work, or away for an unexpected trip, you can be assured that your pet is being well cared for in his or her home environment. With our service your animals are able to stay in their own home where they are comfortable and secure. You don’t need to inconvenience family and friends by asking them to look after your pets. We come to your house one, two or threes times a day to do whatever you need. While pet sitting, we will, at no additional charge, pick up your mail and newspapers and rotate your lights. Your home is made more secure by these crime deterrent measures.
Services - We feed and water your pets, walk your pets, exercise and play time, petting and loving, treats (if allowed), administer oral and topical medications and vitamins, litter box cleanup, clean up pet accidents, turn on radio and television for pets. We also offer extended daily dog walking if you work long hours and your pet needs a mid-day walk or just extra playtime. Our loving care extends to providing emergency trips to your vet or a local 24 hour emergency veterinarian facility should your pet become ill while you are away. As every situation is unique, we ask that you call us to discuss your pet’s personalized fee schedule.
We do not provide overnights, live-ins, pet taxi or boarding; however, we work with other pet-care professionals who do offer these services and we will be happy to provide you with referrals. We are also happy to provide you with referrals for veterinarians who can provide professional care for your pets.
Professional Pet Sitter of the Year Award - I was very honored and overwhelmed to receive word from Pet Sitters International (PSI) that I had been nominated as one of the Top Five Finalists for the 2006 Pet Sitter of the Year Award. Pet Sitters International is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters with over 7,400 members.
Included below are passages from an email Four Paws received from PSI regarding the judges, the nomination and selection process.
Debra, the judges who cast their votes among the Top Five Finalists were Steve Dale, Pet World; Dr. Roland Tripp, The Animal Behavior Network; and Bud Most, The Iams Company. They were all so very complimentary about the professionalism and the level of pet care, compassion and community spirit exhibited by each one of you. You should be proud! Dr Tripp even said, "I was knocked out by the caliber of people involved. I used to think that veterinarians were the best people on earth, but now I know we have competition." Again, congratulations on being named a Top Five Finalist. PSI is very proud--and lucky--to have pet sitters like you as members.
What is the next step? – Book your reservations in advance. For the initial visit, we will set up an appointment to meet you and your pet(s) in order to obtain information about individualized care for your pet, complete our comprehensive questionnaire, sign the contract for services, and obtain keys to your home. We maintain a ready-key program should you wish to leave keys on file with us. This service allows us to take future reservations over the phone or via email.
We offer a discount to those pet owners whose animals have been adopted from the Douglas County Humane Society. Please show us your adoption agreement during our initial visit to obtain the discount. We are happy to provide you with references upon request. We give loving care to all of the paws in your family.
Please adopt from your local animal shelter, rescue group or humane society – save a life!