I’ve always adored animals and had a desire to care for them. One of my earliest memories is going out to the garden with my Granny to leave food out for a family of hedgehogs! After working in two corporate roles I moved into the charity sector and worked for an animal assistance charity as a community fundraiser. I met some remarkable people and incredible dogs. This was a maternity cover contract and I wanted to set up a business working with animals…this is where the Princes Trust helped! I went on course and work with an experienced business mentor. I feel very proud and privileged to have had the Princes Trust support and my Mum and I, due to the success of launching Albany Pet Services were invited to a garden party Buckingham Palace to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday Patronage.
I’m particularly interested in animal body language, reactive pets caring for elderly pets. I’m a strong advocate of scientifically proven force-free pet care and training and am a member of the Pet Professional Guild. I am committed to continual professional development and have completed many courses. I volunteer for the Blue Cross education team and give free talks across Hertfordshire ranging from how to look after different pets on how to stay safe around dogs. I’ve also volunteered on the Blue Cross’ Pet Bereavement support line – losing a pet can mean losing a best friend. As a volunteer I listen to people and provide emotional support on the phone who have experienced pet loss.
I was thrilled to win a ‘Woo Hoo’ achievement award’ – recognition for my achievements in the St Albans Business community.
My client nominated me in the ‘dream achiever’ category for accomplishing my dream of caring for animals, and the care I showed to her dog Bud and the help I gave to her elderly Mum as Bud was staying with her, whilst his human had a well-earned break!
We were thrilled that Albany Pet Services was nominated as ‘best dog walking and pet sitting business’ in Global Health and Pharma’s 2018 awards. I’m really proud after 3 years in business to have reached the final of the Best Business Women Awards in the Best Young Entrepreneur category.
We have a fantastic team here at Albany Pet Services who have lots of hand’s on animal experience.
Elliot Bolton joined in 2020 after meeting Lisa at a presentation at Oaklands College. Elliot is studying for his level 2 animal management qualification. He has also done work experience at Paradise Wildlife Park.
Millie Llyod-Griffith joined in 2019 after meeting Lisa at a presentation at Oaklands College in St Albans. Millie has a level 3 Animal Management Qualification. Millie has done work experience at a veterinary surgery and a groomers. Millie provides solo dog walking, puppy care and cat visits.
Asher Gilbert joined in 2018, he’s now at the University of Chester studying Animal behaviour and Welfare and comes back and works with us in the holidays. Asher has volunteered for the Cinnamon Trust, helping elderly people walk their dogs. He’s also completed 300 hours of volunteer experience at a local animal rescue centre and now volunteers an animal assistance charity working with people in care homes that enjoy the company of animals.