Meet The Team
KathrynHi I'm Kathryn, owner of Star Paws. I grew up being surrounded by pets from a young age; cats, rabbits and many dogs, including an old English sheepdog, a rescue greyhound and three very wilful chocolate Labradors!
I have an extensive background in the education sector but my love of animals never left me. After many years of being called upon by family and friends to look after their pets for holidays, I decided to make the career and lifestyle change of my life; swapping caring for children and their families to caring for pets and their families.
I joined a franchise in 2014 offering bespoke and loving pet care which I ran for 4 years, with the help of my gorgeous dogs, Star, an RSPCA rescue and Sally who was re-homed through local charity Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (SARA). In May 2018 I took the decision to branch out on my own. In memory of Star, who sadly passed away in 2016, Star Paws Pet Services was created. At this time, I also expanded the business to cover the Stockton, Ingleby and Yarm areas.
The business is very family orientated. My partner Kevin will be helping out when he can around work. He has extensive experience with dogs, cats and horses and would quite happily live in a zoo if he could! My Mum will also be manning the business telephone and acting as a host family.
HelenHi, I’m Helen and I work in the Saltburn and Middlesbrough areas and deputise for Kathryn across the company. I began working for Star Paws officially in May 2017, however have been on the Star Paws journey since Kathryn set up her business.
With a background in education and primary teaching, I have to be honest I never expected to work with animals. However, I love it and the skills I have acquired in my previous roles transfer readily into helping to run Star Paws.One of my favourite parts of the job is meeting customers and their furry friends, providing an excellent, personalised service. I am really enthusiastic to help Kathryn grow the business: assisting with marketing, promotions and advertising alongside the everyday dog walking and pet sitting.
I love animals and have always had pet rabbits. Four years ago I took the big decision to become a first time dog owner and now have a gorgeous cockapoo called Bella. We both love walking so working outdoors is great for us, as Bella can make lots of new friends and we discover new walks all of the time! As a cockapoo owner I quickly realised the importance of regular grooming and this is an area that I am very interested in. I have completed a basic grooming course and started practical experience on many of our clients’ dogs which I really enjoy.
I didn’t ever appreciate how much having a complete career change could benefit my health, well being and happiness. I work for a genuine, supportive and professional team and meet many lovely people through consultations, out walking and through enquiries and also lots of gorgeous furry animals too. Keith the cockapoo, a regular visitor in Saltburn, is, along with Bella, my best friend and seeing him makes me happy.
MollieHey, I’m Mollie, I’ve been part of the Star Paws team for a while now and I absolutely love it! I think it’s the best job I’ve ever had. The team I work with are amazing professionals and I’m so happy to be part of all the doggy madness! I’m local to Saltburn, from the little village of Easington, just past Loftus. I’ve always grown up around animals, from having pets which include, dogs, cats, chickens, hamster, birds and (one from my childhood) a cow called Daisy, who used to live in the field beside our back garden! I’m determined to get a few goats next…
I’m currently studying for my degree in Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool University. This means that I am a seasonal dog walker, pet sitter etc which I love being, as it makes coming home from University even more exciting, I mean, who doesn’t love being with animals?!
MaureenHello I’m Maureen and I have worked for Star Paws for three years. I have always loved animals and work as a host family, providing home from home dog boarding but also help with dog walking and home visits.
After retiring I missed working and caring for animals, having spent 18 years working at a boarding kennels. I did at one time live on a dairy farm, with working Border Collies and have had a variety of pet dogs and cats over many years.
At present I have a very friendly Cocker Spaniel, Jasper, who loves to share his home with guest dogs.I have experience of home boarding dogs for friends and family and so thought the opportunity to become a host family was ideal.
In addition to being a host, I have my regular walks, visits to cats and Joey the Budgerigar in and around Guisborough. In my spare time, I like to get creative and paint cards and gifts featuring the many dogs and cats I looks after.
Hi, I'm Julia, manager of the Star Paws Stockton area.
I have always loved and owned pets including dogs, cats, a rabbit, guinea pigs and mice!
Since joining Star Paws in June 2018 as a dog walker, I have never looked back. Getting to know so many wonderful dogs and animals of all shapes and sizes is my dream job.
My home is now known as 'Julia's Hotel,' where I provide day care and home boarding so that your pets can have a holiday in a home from home environment.
KerryMy name is Kerry and I am very lucky to have been a dog walker and pet carer for the past five years.
Ever since a child I am that person who will be found in the corner at parties with the families cat or dog having the best of times. After fourteen years of working for a Local Authority, I decided to turn my dream of working with animals into a reality and now everyday and not just at parties, I am surrounded by the very best of friends.
I live with my husband and we are owned by our German Shepherd, Tizzi
Hello, I'm Jenifer and I am currently studying a degree in Physical Geography at Bangor University.
I have always had animals from snakes, rabbits, lizards and cats to recently my first dog. I love being outdoors and think my holiday job at Star Paws is the best!
Hi there, Chloe here.
I've recently been appointed as the Middlesbrough Manager, however my Star Paws journey didn't begin there as many of you may know me as one of the dog walkers in the Stockton area.
Having been in the animal industry for several years now, I know that being outdoors is where I want to be. My love for animals, particularly dogs, only seems to grow and grow and I have found a new love and interest in animal behaviour, specifically in relation to rescue dogs. This really developed over the last 6 months when I took a break to work in a rescue centre and I am looking forward to transferring these skills to my new role.
As a company, we are always looking forward to meeting new customers and we all have a friendly face, so if you see us out walking please come and say hello - we don't bite!