Sharon Wasko never thought of herself as an animal enthusiast until she walked a 150-pound mastiff as a favor for a friend.
Wasko was an artist looking for jobs and began accepting more four-legged clients as a good way to fill her time and make some extra money. A few years later, Wasko got her business license and launched Sharon’s Pet Care in 2006.
Today, Wasko’s services have required her to hire three employees to provide for the amount of clients she had accumulated. In 2010, the business was renamed to P.U.P.S.—Puppy Uprising Pet Sitters of West Philadelphia. As business flourished Wasko’s employees now average about 25 walks per day.
Puppy Uprising prides itself on being a very green business where all sitter employees travel by bicycle. Therefore, services are only provided to clients who live within the boundaries of 40th to 50th streets and Market Street to Woodland Avenue. The close proximity allows P.U.P.S. employees to accommodate more clients per day.
The services provided for pets include walks, bathroom breaks, overnight sitting and indoor feeding. The prices vary depending on the time of day and the amount of time spent with each pet.
Wasko said she believes offering a bathroom break service is a great asset to the company. “It encourages people to adopt because they have an option to pay someone to let their pet out.”