My story

Hi, I’m Fiona and I set up Paws & Claws here in Melbourne in 2014 after moving here from the UK, where I also ran my own pet sitting business for 4 years.  I have always had a passion for animals and consider it an absolute joy to work with them.  I’ve had many years experience dealing with animals and a few years ago our family socialised ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’.  This is a UK charity which helped hard of hearing people live their lives independently with the help of a furry friend.

We had 15 dogs live with us over the years (some stayed for up to a year) and it never got any easier to say goodbye to them.  They were always part of the family although it was rewarding knowing that they may one day go on to change someone’s life.

Pet sitting is a dream job for me and I get such satisfaction from looking after all my client’s animals and making sure they are happy, safe and looked after.  They are all treated as if they were my own.


A BIG thank you. We had only had him for 5 weeks and were concerned about leaving him but we needn’t have worried.

I felt very reassured about leaving Charlie and received regular updates which were great. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Paws & Claws again and recommend the services provided.

Julia – Charlie’s owner

I am very happy with Paws & Claws Pet Sitting. Fiona is great with my spoodle Milli, who has a great time socialising with other dogs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Anne – Milli’s owner

Finn, my King Charles Cavalier loves his walks and enjoys spending time with the other dogs. Highly recommended!

Heather – Finnigan’s owner

Scruff has been enjoying his walks with Fiona and her team of professionals for the past 4 years and Rosie for the past 7 months. They bound out the doggy door to greet Fiona and are taken to lots of different parks and the beach on their adventures. I love seeing the gorgeous photos she posts, with them having fabulous playtimes and socialising with other dogs. Fiona’s rates are reasonable and her passion for pooches is evident in every interaction. I cannot recommend Fiona and Paws and Claws highly enough!

Sam – Rosie & Scruffy’s owner

Amazing service! Our cats loved having you, they were so relaxed when we got home. Thanks for taking good care of them again.

Samantha – Ollie & Loki’s owner

Fiona is wonderful, kind and considerate. It is a relief to find someone who finds the very best way to respond to humans and their pets. Fiona is supporting our young pup to socialise at the park. He loves it and is learning the ropes with playtime. Your dog will love it too! Totally recommend!

Yarn – Ziggy’s owner

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