Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele Kell.
Michele was born in St Louis, Missouri. Her pet sitting career began at the age of seven caring for the neighbor’s dog Charlie. She was raised by her grandparents who have given her respect and a working knowledge of caring for the elderly. Michele’s career started in the dental arena with a certificate in Dental Assisting, followed by a degree in Dental Hygiene.
Michele’s true love has always been animals. She wanted to show jumpers on the A-circuit and needed to have a job leaving her free to practice her life passion. After a short dental career, she moved to Kansas City from St. Louis and started Critter Sitters of Kansas City Inc. After 13 years and 60 pet sitters, she sold the business to pursue a radio career for animal advocacy.
Fur Talk was aired weekly for two years on Talk Radio 710, KCMO. Michele found homes for countless animals. She ran a cat rescue program out of her personal residence. REGAP, Retired Greyhounds As Pets, used the radio show to find homes for retired racing greyhounds. In 2001, Michele was awarded The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City Media Friend of the Year. Sponsors of the award included Animal Planet, Petco, and The Bayer Corporation.
Michele moved to Colorado in 2002 with her horses and cats to enjoy the mountains and a healthier lifestyle. Her new business, Pet And People Sitters, comes to Denver, Colorado. She is proud to offer the best professional in-home pet and people care service in the Denver area for the last eight years. Michele’s representatives are handpicked, personally trained, and follow a philosophy of treating pets and people like treasure.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Successful entrepreneurs say that owning a small business should be on everyone’s bucket list. Although very rewarding caring for people’s pets and loved ones it is truly the hardest thing I have ever done. When I started Critter Sitters of Kansas City Inc. in 1987, the internet did not exist. We made appointments by phone and used paper maps to find new clients homes.
Starting Pet And People Sitters in 2011 was a completely different animal. Using the internet, our Time To Pet database to keep track of our clients. I count on my younger internet savvy contractors to keep me on the right
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pet and People Sitters Inc. – what should we know?
Experience the difference of a rare service company that cares about individual needs, and sustains lifelong relationships with our clients. With extraordinary skills, creative minds and genuine compassion, we consistently provide personal care beyond your pets and people. We believe in continuously challenging ourselves. We inspire knowledge, growth, and confidence to become the star each one deserves to be by building healthy lives and beautiful relationships.
We provide love, attention and plenty of care in your pet’s and people’s own surroundings. An average 60-minute visit, once or twice daily, includes feeding, fresh water, exercise, play, home services, and even music therapy. We specialize in overnight services and offer a 12 hour overnight or a 13 hour overnight service which includes a lunch visit. Licensed, insured and bonded, your Pet and People Sitters representative will come to your home for a meet and greet prior to your trip. Your reliable and experienced representative will then make regularly scheduled visits until we receive confirmation that you have arrived safely home. We can also take care of pets with special needs, including those that require medications and injections.
Pet And People Sitters strive for perfection as Denver’s and Summit County’s premier in-home concierge company. Providing loving, caring companionship for pets and people while primary caregivers are away from home.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Transparency is our major asset. As the owner, Michele Kell, I personally interview every perspective client initially through our Time To Pet database where prospective clients request services through our website.
The next and most important step is a phone interview with our prospective clients. We are a very high end and the most expensive in-home service company in Denver and Summit County. Prospective clients must understand the value of our services.
I use my health care experience and my 22 years of pet sitting experience to determine if the fit between the prospective client and our company is as close to perfect as possible.
Confidentiality and detail are of the utmost importance. Every dog needs to be fed and walked on schedule. Tiptoe around our particular cat clients. Monitoring horses that have a history of health issues and may need a veterinarian on the spot.
My sitters are taken as good of care as our clients if not better. Just as I interview our prospective clients, I do the same with our sitters. Which are hand picked by me and background checked by me. Personally trained by me until they feel comfortable working independently. I am personally copied in all communication during any service interval.
- Daily hour Visit $30/holidays $35 for 2 pets additional pets $15
- Second Daily Hour Visit $30/holidays $35 for 2 pets additional pets $15
- 12-13 hour Overnights range from $100-$145 for 2 pets additional pets welcome and jobs estimated
- Address: 44 Cook Street
Denver, Colorado 80206
- Website: PetAndPeopleSitters.com
- Phone: 303-519-4549
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