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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Happy Paws pet sitting 

Sara’s Story:

People often ask me “How did you start a business so young?” and if I’m being completely honest, I actually didn’t plan on starting a business.

Sara’s Happy Paws Pet Sitting was started as a high school service project, where I donated all proceeds to local animal shelters. As soon as I graduated from High School, Sara’s Happy Paws took off. At the time I still felt the need to go to college and get a degree in “something”. So off I went to college. After only a few months I realized I did NOT enjoy school. I felt like I wasn’t getting the most out of my time because I didn’t have a solid plan in mind for college. I soon realized “I already know what I want to do, I want to work with animals!” I made the decision that college wasn’t right for me, and decided to pursue my business. Since then Sara’s Happy Paws has grown and I’ve hired 3 absolutely amazing employees.

From the day I was born I’ve ALWAYS had dogs and cats. Most of my childhood consisted of playing with my dogs in the backyard, putting on “dog shows” for my family, and caring for the stray cats who sometimes came to visit. I even grew up pet sitting for a lot of my neighbor’s animals, I feel like I’ve been pet sitting for as long as I can remember.

My family and I have been working with Non-profit rescue organizations for years. We’ve fostered for H.A.R.T, Because Animals Matter, One More Chance Cats, and RSQ Dogs+ where I currently volunteer. We often take in the animals that no one else will due to health problems. So I’ve become very educated in specialized animal care for all kinds of circumstances. I am a huge advocate for animal adoption. I absolutely love spending my free time volunteering at RSQ Dogs+, where I’m actually a lead cat volunteer. So if anyone is interested in visiting some of the cutest kitties EVER, head on over and I’ll show you around.

I am currently working part-time as a Dog Trainer for Paw-sitive Dog School, and as a Pet Nutritionist over at Lovin’ Arms Pet Center. At Paw-sitive Dog School I am always learning and adapting new positive reinforcement techniques into my training. We specialize in behavior correction and fix the root problem of a dog’s behavior vs using temporary methods that don’t give the results you need. Over at Lovin’ Arms Pet Center, I am continually learning more and more about pet nutrition and holistic treatments every day. I’m so grateful to have these opportunities where I learn more in training and pet nutrition so that I can better serve your pets while caring for them. Along with passing this knowledge along to my employees.

I am always striving to educate myself on the latest in animal care and am certified as a Professional Pet Sitter. I have taken many courses in pet care, pet nutrition, pet psychology, pet grooming, and a few other animal-related safety courses.

If you can’t tell by now, animals truly are my passion. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to build this business. I hope to continue to grow so that we can provide trustworthy, reliable, quality pet care to all of Southern Utah. We look forward to servicing Southern Utah for years to come.


-Sara Peterson


From Our Happy Paws

Sara’s Happy Paws is incredible! I use her awesome pet sitting service every time I go out of town– whether its just a couple drop-in’s while I go out of town for work, or multiple days for vacation. I have her do 2 drop in’s a day for my animals to feed and love them, that’s all I asked of her but she did so much more than that! She scooped the litter box as well, swept the litter up from the floor, fed them and washed the dishes after their wet food, gave them treats and played with them. Stuck around and gave them lots of love. She did incredible. Definitely recommend.

Leah Roberts

Sara’s Happy Paws Petsitting is awesome! Sara has a lot of experience looking after all kinds of animals and she’s very professional and polite. I recommend her to everyone I know who has pets. If you need someone to care for your pets Sara’s Happy Paws is the best choice!

Grayson Dewitt

Sara has such an incredible amount of experience with animals and has the biggest heart. She is responsible, honest, and will take the BEST care of your animals. Highly recommend!

Kayla Z.

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