We’re a big family at PawPals and your dog is part of it. We get to know all our dogs personally, their little quirks, how they like to play and when it’s time to chill out and have a cuddle. We form a real bond with all of them so they are excited to come to day care to see us. Each team member is a fully qualified dog lover!! Together we bring all our experience and passion to give your dog everything they need to be happy and content all day.
Hey everyone! I’m Natalie and I’ve been at PawPals since May of 2019.
I’ve had a love for animals since I was young, particularly dogs! My family has adopted adult/senior dogs since I was in primary school so I have grown up with them being my constant companions.
In 2018 I got my first ever puppy – a little Kelpie named Benji, who is now 22kg of brains, muscle, and mischief 😅 He has been my most challenging dog but also the one who had taught me the most! Because of him, I’ve learnt so much about canine enrichment, behaviour, nutrition and body conditioning. He’s my little ray of sunshine, I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
I started at PawPals doing work experience for my certificate II in animal studies and ended up being hired by the lovely Aoife and Laura. Without them believing in me, I wouldn’t have my dream job and I wouldn’t know half the things I know today!
This job brings me so much joy, I love how every dog at daycare has their own personality and that they all teach me different things.
Thank you to all you owners who trust us to look after your precious pooches 💖
Hello, my name’s Abi!
I have been working at PawPals Bassendean since November 2019 after spending a couple of years at a boarding kennel and pound so I have extensive experience working in the industry.
I have my Cert II in Animal Studies and two doggos of my own.
Hello! I’m Mary.
I’ve always had a love for animals since I was young. My dad would take me to visit the farms to show me around and would bring chickens home for me to look after.
Fast forward to now, I have completed Animal studies Cert II which is a pathway to Veterinary Nursing that I am hoping to be one day.
All thanks to Pawpals for taking me in for work experience and turning my love for animals into my career.
Hey! I am Mel and I have been working at PawPals since July 2020.
I moved over from Sydney in February 2020 where I had spent 13 years working in the animal industry.
I have a certificate III in Companion Animal Services through TAFE and a certificate III in Dog Training and Behaviour through NDTF.
I love dogs of all sizes but my passion is the big dogs!
My rottweiler War (in the picture with me) is my best mate and my heart dog.
Hi, I’m Danni.
I started working at PawPals in September 2020 after volunteering for a dog rescue for 18 months.
I also have a cert in Veterinary Assistant and I fell in love with PawPals after being a client for over a year.
I am delighted to have finally got the opportunity to work with dogs full time.
Hi, my name is Kiara.
I have been working in the animal industry for over 3 years. I have always wanted to work with animals and I thrive in the dog daycare environment.
My favourite part of working with dogs is creating a special bond with every single pooch in our care!
Hi, I am Jill.
After years of working in the corporate world full time, I decided to follow my passion of working with animals full time. I have over 25 years of working with rescue organizations as well as fostering, rehabilitating, and rehoming dogs. Power breeds are my passion.
I look forward to a long career with PawPals ❤️
Hi PawPals Community
I’m Angel, PawPals Bassendean’s new groomer.
I have been grooming for nearly 10 years and have my Certificate III in Companion Animal Studies and Certificate III in Pet Grooming. I’ve always had a great connection with my fur babies growing up and got into the grooming industry shortly after high school.
I’ve previously entered into dog grooming competitions at Perth Pet Expo and DGAofWA seminars with terrier breeds.
I own a kelpie Bella, who is going a bit senile in her old age and I love her so much. My favourite breed are Shetland Sheepdogs and I plan on getting a Shetland in the future as my first puppy experience.
I’m so looking forward to meeting you all and grooming your fur babies
Hey everyone, I am Sarah M!
I was originally a client at PawPals and expressed my interest in this field to Laura and long story short, here I am today working at my dream job!
I’ve loved and adored dogs since I was a child. I’ve had dogs in my family since I was 10 years old and feel incomplete without one (or more 😂) around.
My 2 pooches, Mia – Red Heeler x Kelpie and Cooper – Blue Heeler x American Staffy, are my entire world and have taught and will continue to teach me so much about the doggy world.
I have experience working at a local City Farmers store for 2 years where I’ve learned all the basics about dog health, food, training/enrichment, behaviour, and everything in between over that time. I have also started a new venture in dog grooming to further my skills in the industry ✂️
I’d like to thank you all in advance for allowing me to play with your doggos but most importantly, grow and learn from them. Every dog is so unique and special and I love seeing how each dog interacts differently with one another. So to all the paw-rents, THANKYOU! 😇
– Sarah 🐾🌸
I’m Aoife and this is my pal Max who hangs out with me at our Malaga Facility💜
My journey with the PawPals Gals started back in 2017 when I decided to enrol my pooch Ruby into Daycare. I will never forget the feeling I had dropping her off that first day, I was a nervous wreck, Ruby on the other hand ran straight through the door without even looking back at me 🤷♀️😂 The reassurance I received from the girls was incredible and I instantly knew that PawPals was one of the best places for me to leave my precious pooch.
Fast forward a little bit, after always wanting to have a career with dogs and expressing this to Laura, I left my government job, enrolled in an online behavioural course and Laura gave me the chance to work alongside the amazing PawPalsGals.
I am forever grateful to you all for entrusting us with the care of your pooches on a daily basis – it is not something that is taken lightly and I thank my lucky stars every morning that this is what I get to do for a living. The amazing PawPals Gals have thought me so much and I would not be where I am today without them, I will never be able to thank them enough for sharing all their knowledge.
II am now Laura’s business partner at our Malaga facility and I genuinely want to thank you all for making this girls dreams come through because without you and your pooches it wouldn’t be possible 💕
I’m Anika and I have been officially working at PawPals since February 2019. I did work experience here in 2018 while I completed my Certificate III in Animal Studies. I was lucky enough to be offered a job by Laura when I moved to Perth full time to study.
I am an avid lover of animals and dogs hold a special place in my heart ❤. I have two fur babies myself, an old staffy – Mia who I have had since I was 5 years old and Bindi, a rescue who found her way to me and my family around 2.5 years ago. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and hope to work in the animal industry for the rest of my life.
Working at PawPals, with this amazing team of women and all of your gorgeous pets has given me the opportunity to gain all kinds of skills around dog behaviour and animal handling. You know that saying, “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life?” Well for me, working at PawPals, this could not be more true!
I hope to be able to meet more of you amazing owners over my time working at PawPals and until then, thank you for letting me spend my time at work with your cute doggos!
– Anika 🐶💕
Hi everyone 👋
I came to PawPals in May last year after just over a decade working in retail. When I started, it was to complete my workplace learning for my Certification in Animal Studies (which i have recently completed). Once my hours were completed, Laura offered me a role to which I obviously wouldn’t turn down. Then I was absolutely thrilled to become Manager upon my return from my honeymoon in March. I plan on continuing my education in the near future by studying vet nursing then seeing where that could lead to next.
I love working with all of your beautiful dogs so much, it makes coming to work a lot easier knowing there will be loads of doggy cuddles waiting for me. I absolutely love hearing the quirky stories about your dogs outside of daycare because my 2 (Pocket & Kingston pictured below) have more than their fair share of quirks!
Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcomed as a PawPalsGal 😁
I’m Sarah (yes there are two of us) and I have been working at PawPals since the beginning of March 2019.
Before starting here I worked at another Perth dog daycare for about 5 years whilst completing my Cert III in companion animals at Tafe.
After that I moved on to Petstock where I went from casual to acting manager, and before I left I was the longest serving puppy trainer in WA.
During my time working in the animal industry I have gained knowledge in many areas including animal handling, nutrition and diet, dog training and behaviour. Like all the girls at PawPals I have a thirst for knowledge and want to keep learning.
When I first arrived here I was welcomed with open arms by the girls, and received an even warmer welcome from your doggos 🐶 I am truly grateful to have found such a brilliant workplace which is so positive and supportive, and believe it or not your dogs teach me something new everyday.
Plus the cuddles are pretty great too! ❤️🐾
My name is Ami and I started at PawPals back at the beginning of 2018.
You can find me at PawPals out the back giving your pooches many cuddles and kisses! I used to be afraid of large dogs but since being in the field I prefer to work with bigger dogs now 😅
The girls think I am some kind of German Shepherd whisperer as any GSD’s we get in seem to be obsessed with me!!
I have my Cert III in Companion Animal Studies, my certified in animal first aid and have previously worked in another daycare in Perth. I also do the occasional house sits for clients of PawPals as well.
During my 5 years in the industry I have learned so much and I am so grateful to be apart of such an amazing group of girls and our growing team 😁