We know what it feels like to struggle with both your pets emotions and your own, when it comes to leaving your best friend alone.
As a whole, pet parents have become more educated about pet care, we are more aware about what our pets need for a great quality of life. The benefits of having a personal pet sitter far outweighs those of putting your pet in a kennel.
Stephanie developed her company Furball’s Choice based on her strong passion and connection with animals. One she has had since the young age of 5 years old “Which was when I had my first cat. I was responsible for helping my parents feed him and scoop his poop”. On top of having cared for her own pets and growing up with animals her entire life, Stephanie also possess the following experience with animals of all types. “This is my life long resume”.
Growing up in Barrie, Ontario her first job was on a horse farm specializing in training Western Pleasure & Gaming horses. Starting from the ground up working as a groomer, mucking stalls, she soon found herself moving up to working along side her boss, training and riding young prospects. In the past 10 years she has worked on farms that deal with Harness Racing, Private Show Barns, Circuit A Training Facilities & Boarding Facilities where animals require very specific diets and constant, attentive care.
Throughout her teenage years she donated her spare time to the local animal shelter (QHS), comlpeted two co-op positions at the Quinte Humane Society and one co-op position at Loyalist Veterinary Hospital. After graduating High School she traveled to Toronto Ontario to pursue her love of animals by accepting a job at PJ’s Pets. While working full time at the pet store Stephanie was also an approved foster home for Pet Finder. During this time she also volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and worked part time at a private horse barn in Oakville, Ontario. These years provided experience with a vast variety of animals including pocket animals, birds “The Sun Conure is my favourite.” aquatic life such as shrimp & fish, reptiles and even tarantulas.
Upon moving back to the Quinte Area, Stephanie continued to keep her passion of working with animals alive by providing pet care services to local pet parents on a part time schedule while working with people (her second passion) as a waitress. After being laid off her customer service job, due to long term renovations, she was presented the opportunity to start her own business. When she was told there was an opportunity to combine her love of animals with providing a positive and much needed service to pet parents alike, she got started right away. After graduating her Business Management Course, and her business plan receiving a stamp of approval, Furball’s Choice was born.
Stephanie is skilled in the administration of insulin injections, oral medication, and IC fluids, and loves caring for juvenile pets, pets with special health concerns & disabilities and has over a decades worth of experience providing such care. She participates monthly in webinars to learn all she can about domesticated animal health. She has extensive knowledge about different pet related diseases, illnesses and disabilities and how to treat them such as Degenerative Myelopathy, seizures, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis just to name a few. Stephanie is Pet First Aid certified, Certified in Raw Pet Food knowledge. Furball’s Choice works with Fixed Fur Life and Home Again Rescue as a foster home for animals. “Furball’s Choice supports it’s community and others. Our company has ran fundraisers for DM research and spearheaded the ‘Pack 4 Fort Mac’ in 2016 that sent thousands of pounds of pet food and items to animals affected by the Alberta Wildfires. We will never stop helping where we can.”. Stephanie regularly participates in training classes & seminars withe her own dogs for fun and educational purposes. “Its one thing to be able to calmly control my own dogs in a positive way, I like to be current on general communication techniques that work with any dog I am socializing with.”
Stephanie is now a loving mother to her ‘Boys’, 4 German Shepherds, 3 cats, 1 fish & beautiful horse Ebony. She is happy to offer service to any pet parent that needs it. Furball’s Choice was specifically designed with pet parents in mind, as she is one her self and it pushed her to turn a passion into a lifestyle and make the move to become a pet sitter – “Life is too short to not do what you love”.
Our promise to you is Trust, Quality & Security.
We treat our clients, their pets, and home with a standard of professionalism and care that is incomparable in our industry. Furball’s Choice is continually working to set the bar high for pet sitting standards in our industry.
Our staff conduct each service with honesty and truthfulness. Providing our clients with honest feedback, and being open to honest feedback from our clients. We humbly recognize that we can always do better through mutual feedback and communication.
Our company possesses insurance and liability coverage for your pets, home and property for the duration of our visits. We respect the trust our clients have placed in us to care for their most valuable possessions.
All staff are Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Certified with emergency contingencies in place to handle any emergency situation that may come our way, and the ability to safely and adequately care for any pets whom require medication or limited ability care.
Furball’s Choice is an active member of Professional Pet Sitters International, Veterinarian, Groomer & Rescue recommended for both Care Services & Natural Pet Products, A foster home for adoptable pets for Fixed Fur Life & Home Again Rescue and available to you 7 days a week, year round. There is a reason that Furball’s Choice is Quinte’s only multi-award winning Pet Care Service. Voted Favourite Pet Care Service by the people of Belleville for 2016 and also awarded the title of Best New Business during the 2016 Quinte Business Achievement Awards.
At Furball’s Choice we believe the “Keys to Great Care” are:
- Superior Customer Service: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, high-quality care and service.
- Environment: Provide a clean, active, positive, enjoyable environment while providing professional and trusting service.
- Convenience: Being mostly mobile, offering clients a wide range of services in their own personal environment specific for every animal type.
- Location: We will come to you, making Furball’s Choice an easily accessible service for your convenience.
- Reputation: Credibility, integrity, and 100% dedication, from more than a decade of experience and passion with animals.