I have a huge love for animals and have experience with hamsters, cats, dogs, rabbits, bearded dragons, tortoises, birds, hedgehogs, fish (tropical and freshwater), stick insects and chickens. I currently own three beautiful hamsters (two males and one female, in separate cages. One dwarf, two Syrian) and 2 Indian stick insects. My family also have several cats, a dog, birds and tropical fish. I have recently completed my Zoology degree at ARU, have partaken in work experience at three different vet clinics, I used to volunteer at a zoo and have experience as a hedgehog carer.
I am looking for an extra bit of money and what better way of getting this than by spending time with something I love? I have had lots of bookings with some amazing, lovely animals, all owners of which have said they'd take my services again! :) I have had returning customers also :)
I am now employed in a full-time job, which means I am only available evenings and weekends. I now have a megarider though meaning I can travel to most places within Cambridge!
I would like to work with any animals I have experience in (see the beginning of this section) but can work with other animals, with information provided.
Dog walking for small to medium dogs is preferred.
I live in Kings Hedges but can cater for anywhere within Cambridge, if accessible via bus. I work by Cambridge Station and usually finish work by 6pm.
- - - Dog Walking - - -
Small to medium dogs are preferred.
I will give your dog a lovely walk around your area (feel free to request a route!) for as long as you need (usually between 30minutes to an hour).
I will only do this at weekends.
- - - House Visits - - -
These are my most popular bookings and the ones I enjoy the most. I will come to your house once or twice a day to check on, play with, feed and water your pets. I can also do small household chores, pick up your letters from the floor and clean your pets out.
*****I will usually only do two house visits a day if it is nearby where I am located (Kings Hedges/Arbury/Chesterton) as I am limited on time I can spend travelling.
I am also only able to do two home visits a day on weekends.
I am available for home visits in the evenings after my work, or on weekends.
If you would like your dog walked on top of this, I can offer you a £2 reduction in price per walk (off my standard rate for dog walk bookings).
- - - Overnight House Stay - - -
This is the perfect option for if your pet needs attention for longer periods of time and if you do not like to leave them alone for too long. Due to the other commitments I have, I can usually only accept 1 night stays, usually at the weekend. If you would like more, I can do these at a slightly higher rate.
I do all the things involved with a usual house visit, as well as anything extra you may request, including walks.
I am aware of how hard it can be to leave your pet in someone else's care, so I always make sure I provide photos for each visit and send them to the owners, so you know how well they are doing whilst in my care. I always strive to go above and beyond and no request is too much, so feel free to ask :D
I have a Facebook page where I share updates of animal-related things, including experiences I have had with recent bookings! I post photos of pets I have met up there :)https://www.facebook.com/CatherinePawshake/
I can provide discounts to regular customers!
Catherine is fantastic! Looked after our cats SO well they were both very chilled out when we got home, even won over our rescue boy who is generally terrified of people. Definitely recommend and will book again in the future!
Our cat Molly was very well looked after by Catherine and we wouldn’t hesitate to use her again!
I have recently completed my Zoology degree, which I have received a First Class Honours in. I have just started studying a part-time master's degree in Applied Wildlife Conservation also.
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