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The Paws at Home Pet Care Team includes vet nurses and vet nurse students and a team of people who
simply love animals. Our team consider your pets our family and care for them as carefully and as diligently as you do.
The Paws at Home team cover Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Whakatane and
all surrounding areas.
Sarah Stockdale


I grew up in a farming family and have had a life-long love for animals.

As a teenager I worked at a boarding kennels and cattery and showed corgis and shetland sheep dogs.
At present, we own Sasha, a beautiful Tokenise cat with a big personality  Sasha who wins in the 'boss' stakes in our house!

I left the corporate world to follow my passion to work with pets. I saw a real need for a comprehensive service, providing proactive health and well-being care for pets at home by a qualified team with skills, passion and an absolute commitment to caring for animals.

Our team is made up of skilled, wonderful people with a heart for animals, often with vet nurse or animal certification, which means we can administer medication and special cares.

From your first day as part of our Paws at Home family, we guarantee your pets will have a world-class client experience.


Whakatane Regional Owner

Pippa - I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Taihape where a passion for animal care developed, often to the despair of my parents when I brought home assortments of sick and injured animals. Now I own a lifestyle block in Whakatane where dogs, goats, pigs horses and cows have joined my family. 

I have followed my passion for animals by completing a degree in Veterinary Technology giving me comprehensive knowledge of medical, behavioural and nutritional needs of our pets. I understand the importance of trusting someone to look after your fur babies as part of the family. I often send my dog to "nana and grandads" while I'm at work and love getting updates and pictures of what she gets up to through the day. I am excited to offer this opportunity to others.

Pet Minders

Paws at Home has a team of wonderful pet minders with vet nurse skills / animal certification and a sincere love for animals.

They'll look after your pets when you can't, providing the care your animals need and deserve.  We always organise a meet & greet prior to the first visit (no charge) so we can meet you & your pet(s) and understand your pets unique needs.

Home Hosts - some of our fantastic Team

River Rd - Hamilton

Lenore & Pat - We moved to Hamilton three years ago after living 20 years on a lifestyle block in Springston, Christchurch with the usual assortment of animals over the years, chickens, sheep, a goat, cats and always at least one dog, usually two. Louis, our chocolate Lab moved with us but sadly developed lung cancer last year and passed away. 

We decided we wouldn’t replace him but the house without a dog in it, or to take for a walk, left a huge gap in our lives. Becoming home hosts with Paws at Home has filled that gap and we are really enjoying meeting owners and having their dogs visit or stay with us. We are both retired so have plenty of time to care for our doggy guests and find ourselves loving this new adventure.


Victoria (Horsham Downs). Having had dogs for many years, I understand how deeply we care for them. Our large block, just outside Flagstaff, is perfect for medium to large-sized dogs: a great outdoor space for exploring and playing; a comfy home where they live as part of the family; and always liberally sprinkled with plenty of attention and cuddles. 

Eight years experience with greyhounds and the Greyhounds As Pets organisation, as well as having had an Airedale with special medical needs, I appreciate the trust required between all of us – and how re-assuring a daily update can be to owners.


Lindsey - Dogs have always been in my life and since I was a young girl our family have had dogs. I am English but have lived in New Zealand now for the past 14 years. I have a 14 year old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Archie. 

I also use the services of Paw at home for Archie. Sharon, my Pet Minder, feeds, chats, cuddles and checks Archie, also giving him the walk he requires. What I also love is that Sharon texts me afterwards so I know my boy is happy and well looked after. I am now happy to be able to offer this wonderful service myself and excited to be a Home Host for Paws at Home.

West Hamilton

Corilin - I had a wonderful upbringing on a farm surrounded by many pets.As a teenager I worked summer holidays in a boarding kennel and helped out at our local vet clinic. 

 At present, we have a 7-year-old Wire-Haired Jack Russel called Jonty, who loves to race around our lifestyle block. Jonty is an excellent swimmer, and in the summer months, he loves to cool off in our pool.We also have chooks, quail, sheep, parrots, a pampered cat and plenty of safe, stimulating space for visiting dogs to stretch their legs.I’ve always believed that our dogs are an important and beloved part of our life and should always be treated like family.

North Hamilton

My name is Marian, Des is my husband and Buster is our cherished 16-month Mini Schnauzer x Löwchen Pup.  Buster has brought so much happiness to our home since December 2018

We have always had animals in our life; we were both born on Dairy Farms in the Waikato, where we cared for various animals as we were growing up

Over the years, we have enjoyed the company of one cat, Sydney and a few dogs, a Samoyed, a Doberman, and a Mini Schnauzer

We have a dog-friendly, comfortable home and section a few minutes just north of Hamilton and we three, love the idea of sharing our place with your precious pooch

We will do our utmost to provide a seamless, loving home away from home, where we will care for your beloved pet, as you would at his or her own place. 


Petrina - I come from a farming background. I have trained my own working dogs and learnt to respect immensely the work a well trained dog can do. We have always had dogs and cats in our lives.  

We are enjoying the diversity of breeds and personalities that come into our home through our Paws at Home hosting.

We are blessed with a wonderful rural environment that is well suited to keeping dogs happy. Paws at Home offer a wonderful service and my husband and I are enjoying providing a superb service to our canine friends.


Paula - Having grown up with a farming background, my love for all creatures, great and small, has always played an important part in my life.

Amongst the usual collection of farm animals and pets, I’ve also been through the pony club and hunting years, plus trained racehorses in my earlier times; volunteering at the SPCA and working in stables and a Vet Clinic. I just cant imagine life without them!

We live on one of NZ’s best loved beaches, Ohope Beach. Truly paradise for swimming, leisurely strolls and exercising, especially enjoyed by our current wee pooch, Charli, who is a 3yr old mixed breed. We also have a cat, Slinky, several budgies housed in our outdoor aviary, and numerous goldfish residing in our small pond!

I can assure you your best friend will not lack for the care, attention and exercise required whilst in our care.

Join the Team

Home Hosting

Our mission is to provide the pets entrusted to our care with a happy and exceptional experience in a safe and caring environment. If you have a genuine love for and experience and skills in handling dogs, you may want to apply to become a Paws at Home Host. You will need to have a fully fenced and secure section, be home most of the day and commit to having the dogs in your care be part of your family.
We work through a thorough application process, including a Ministry of Justice criminal conviction check, to ensure we provide the very best service.

Pet Minder

If you love animals and have some spare time, consider becoming a pet minder. The role can include feeding and caring for pets in their home and/or dog walking either as a 'one off' visit or a regular assignment.


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