We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawna Yant and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shawna, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our core business provides in-home pet sitting and dog walking services to Dallas residents. Working professionally in animal wellness has created opportunities to work directly with animal nonprofits and charities. We network adoptable dogs and cats from local and rural Texas shelters on our site and socials. Additionally, seeing firsthand how much time and money goes into supporting strays and pets in need inspired us to establish our pet charity for underprivileged pets needing housing, food, pet supplies, and primary vet care. Our founder published a children’s book teaching kids pet care tips and will be publishing another pet care book donating half of the revenues to a well-known pet rescue based out of Thailand because that is where she was born.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We provide in-home pet services that include dog walking, pet sitting, and caring for small caged pets, and equines. What we do differently from competitors is we utilize mobile forms that are GPS enabled that let customers know when we arrived and what transpired during the visit. We created templates that team members must complete at the end of every visit. Each template is different depending on the type of service and they can upload up to four photos as well. The reports also come with a GPS date, time, and location stamp for proof of service.

We are in our sixth year of business and grateful our business survived Covid. So many small businesses were crushed due to forced closures. While pet care was allowed by the city we were still negatively impacted as people started to work from home and people stopped traveling. This caused us to examine our expenditures and we quickly stopped spending on advertising and SEO. It’s been over two years since we advertised and we do not plan on doing this again in the future. We also scrapped attending festivals and pet events to keep costs low. Despite this, we will have our best year on record! Why? I can only credit this to the amazing team that we have. Our team members are our brand and they do a fantastic job of exceeding our customer’s expectations. We go to great lengths to find the best people, and it’s a process we do not rush. We recognize one bad hire is too great to risk. Cheers to our team and all that you do!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love Trinity Groves! It has a wonderful trail, vendors, retail, and restaurants. For going out, there’s the strip on Cedar Springs, Deep Ellum, and for a club Rokwood in downtown Dallas.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to recognize Jennifer with Marleigh’s Friends Rescue. It is named after her daughter, Marleigh. We met Jennifer at a Christmas pet expo a few years ago, and as a newer rescue, we were compelled to donate to their cause regularly. In doing so, we have relied on Jennifer’s experience navigating our pet charity; she always responds and takes the time to help us. Because Marleigh is a 501 (c)(3), she was instrumental in helping us pull a female husky from a small Texas rural shelter that was scheduled to be euthanized. That help led to Estrella, now Mika, being adopted this month! We couldn’t be happier! There are several more instances of Jennifer graciously donating her time and resources to assist us, such as letting us take a litter of puppies to a vet she partnered with. With that, thank you, Jennifer, and your rescue for doing all you do for the community and us. We salute you!

Website: https://www.yhpc.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourhomepetcare/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dallaspetsitting/

Other: The charity that we launched and referenced: https://westdallaspetproject.org/

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