Our Story


About Awkward Paws

Much like any other pet sitting company, we love animals. We enjoy being a trusted caretaker of a family member and we are thrilled we can do what we love for a living. But what makes Awkward Paws different?

Besides having previous professional experience before starting Awkward Paws, we use our jobs as therapy. The company founders have personal experiences with anxiety, depression, and stress; we have found working with animals is a huge stress reliever for us. We believe animals can and do help their owners in therapeutic ways. Animals are more capable than they are often given credit. Likewise, humans can provide security, care, and leadership for animals who struggle with their own anxieties and insecurities. Awkward Paws is about acknowledging the not-so perfect aspects of pet ownership.collage

Much like humans, pets have quirks and oddities. We want to embrace our clients and pets for who they are. If Fluffy doesn’t like dogs, not a problem! If Fido must pee on every tree he sees, we’ll stop at every tree. Every animal is different, and we don’t believe in pressuring them to conform. This is also why most of our services are customizable. Your pets are your family, and we’ll give them your level of care when you can’t be there.

We also provide our clients with peace of mind. Our team members have gone through extensive background checks. and have been trained in providing the best service to our clients. We keep regular communication, send photos, use GPS tagging, and let our clients know if we notice physical or behavioral issues of concern with their animals. We are bonded, licensed and insured, so you won’t have to worry!

 

About our logo

Our logo draws inspiration from Project Semicolon. To raise awareness for suicide prevention, this movement is about making the choice to survive through everyday struggles . A semicolon is a pause (paws) where a sentence (life) could be ended, but wasn’t. Our founders’ battle with mental illness has been a catalyst for Awkward Paws and this project means a lot to us. We wanted to personalize the semicolon, which is a result of the added paw print. Mental health will always be a part of Awkward Paws and we aim to foster understanding and end the stigmas. We want our clients to feel comfortable with us, which is why we are very transparent about ourselves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

 

If you or a loved one are suffering with mental health problems and/or thoughts of suicide, don’t hesitate to contact the resources below. Your story is NOT over. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Local behavioral health service providers Ozark Guidance:  1-800-234-7052

Vantage Point: 1-866-302-3983