Our highly-trained staff is passionate about providing safe, fun and individualized care for your four-legged family members. We strive to be the best caregivers your pup could have! Everyone on staff is a SERIOUS dog lover with practical training in dog behavior and certifications in Pet First Aid and CPR. Collectively we have many years of experience with dogs and we promise to take the best possible care of your furry friends.
Karen Price, Owner
Karen is a lifelong animal lover. She enrolled in the Pre-Vet program at U-Mass Amherst graduating with a BS in Animal Science. After a few years working with a medical supply distributor and then a food distributor, she found a great job with Central Garden & Pet, the largest pet supply wholesaler and manufacturer in the world. Karen worked as a Special Accounts Manager at Central Garden & Pet for 8 years. After having children, her desire to have a better work and home balance prompted her to open South Paws in 2006 with the support of her husband Tim.
Amanda Burns, Team Leader
Amanda has been with us since 2011 as our Professional Groomer and Team Leader. She graduated from Mt Ida and has many years of experience grooming in salons, vet offices, retail outlets, and mobile grooming. All of her experience shows in the work that she does. In 2015, Amanda completed her education to become a Professional Dog Trainer with The Animal Behavior College. She is also active in helping out local rescues and shelters.
Jenn Velardi, Team Leader
Jen has been on the South Paws team since 2011 where she started out as a handler and is now one of our Team Leaders. She is a graduate of U-Mass Amherst and holds a BS in Psychology. Jen previously worked for Cohasset Kennel and CVS Pharmacy. When she is not at South Paws, Jen holds a part-time position as an assistant at the Duxbury Animal Shelter.
Victoria has been a member of our team since 2013. She is a graduate of Massasoit where she holds a Certificate in Veterinary Assistance. Victoria plans on continuing her education in Animal Behavior and Professional Dog Training. She is also very active in animal rights and rescue advocacy in her spare time.
Beth joined us in 2012 when we needed a little short term help for a few hours a day a couple of days a week. Beth has been with us ever since. She has a love for all the dogs in our care, especially the small dogs. When Beth is not at South Paws, she is a school bus driver for the Town of Pembroke.
Cathy has been with South Paws since 2014. Prior to that, she was a Personal Trainer at Body to Soul Fitness for 9 years. In 2011, she received her Holistic Health Coach Certification and also works as a Personal Trainer for Anytime Fitness in Kingston.
Geena recently joined our team in 2016 as a handler and customer service rep. She is a 2015 graduate of Plymouth State College in NH where she earned her degree in Hospitality Management. Geena has a prior history with South Paws as her Golden Retriever, Rosie, was one of our very first clients at our first location in Hanover.
Grace came to us in 2016 and is a MA native. She has 5 years experience working for a cat rescue in Chicago and also attended classes at Chicago Canine Academy. Upon moving to TX, Grace worked for a national pet boarding chain called “Pet Paradise”. Just prior to coming on board with us, Grace was a dog walker in the Metro-Boston area. She is currently working on her Business Management Degree from Strayer University.
Shannon Walsh comes to us with experience in daycare, boarding and veterinary medicine. She is currently splitting her work between South Paws and Foxboro Animal Hospital. In addition to that, she is finishing up her degree from Bridgewater State in Graphic Design and is enrolled in The Karen Pryor Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, Martin and their 3 dogs.