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Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers in Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT
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We are the premier in-your-home pet care provider in Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT. As a kennel alternative, we provide pet sitters and dog walkers to care for your pets while you are away.


We are a professional pet sitting and dog walking company which began in Columbia, South Carolina 15 years ago.  Our journey isn’t unique, but our outlook on handling the difficulties we faced and what we did to overcome them are.

We started our business when we encountered a problem while our dogs became sick visiting the local kennel.  As most pet owners agree, we didn’t want this situation to be repeated.  We searched around within our surrounding area for solutions and didn’t find a match that suited our needs. A kennel was no longer an option, and asking family and friends to help seem like such an imposition.

We decided to start our own business after researching other pet sitting companies but didn’t find a model that matched what we were looking to achieve.  Hitting a closed doggie door, we regathered our pack and started out on our new venture.  We knew what we were looking for and believed that there were other pet owners who desired the same.  We used our knowledge of dogs and animals in general and applied a creative twist.

Finally, with pet treats in hand we started a kennel/boarding alternative that was as unique as we are.  A pet sitting service that is professional, dependable, trustworthy, flexible, caring and safe.

Away Home & Pet Care was born in the Columbia, South Carolina area but since then, we’ve expanded our service to the Ogden, Utah area.  We currently provide pet sitting and dog walking services to the Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT metro areas.

If you have never used a pet sitter before, we believe once you make the switch in care for your beloved fury family member you will never return to kennel or boarding care.  We have been in your shoes, we understand the difficulties of finding the right care for your pet while you’re away.  As with childcare, our staff are required to have complete and thorough background checks and regular review of safety, first aid, and animal behavior training classes to ensure that they provide our clients with expert care for their pets.  The staff that we hire are animal lovers who are enthusiastic about caring for your pet.

We understand it can be very hard to leave behind your fury family member while you are working long hours or travel far away.   The idea of moving your pet, their bed, food, toys and other essentials to a foreign location with new smells, usually of other pets they don’t know, can have a traumatizing effect on some animals, not to mention illnesses they can catch.  Keeping your pet at home within their own environment where they feel comfortable and safe is by far a better option.  The window they love to watch squirrels through, that familiar sofa they love to sit on while your away, the throw rug they use as a back scratcher are all comforts for them and should be for you.  Your home is designed in a way that is welcoming to your beloved pet, to keep them happy and thriving.  This in turn will minimize their stress, and yours.

Here are some perks to using our pet sitting service:

  • We are on call every hour of every day.
  • We are a full-time business which is licensed, bonded and insured. We are a legitimate business that operates with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • We are not the “kid next door”. We have backup and contingency plans in place for your pet’s protection. 
  • We offer dog walking, pet sitting, administration of food and medication and show much needed love and affection.
  • We offer online scheduling and free mobile updates using our state-of-the-art online customer portal.
  • We match sitter to pet creating a reliable relationship between you and our staff.
  • We offer a personal online customer portal for each client were you get up-to-the-minute updates while you are away.
  • We have back sitters for emergency situations, so you never left high and dry.

When deciding on pet care, give us a try, we guarantee your fury friend will give our sitters a paw!

Service Areas

South Carolina:

Columbia, West Columbia, Hopkins, Cayce, Lexington, Earlewood, Elmwood Park, Eastover, Shandon, Irmo, Rosewood, Pontiac, USC, Forest Acres


Ogden, Roy, Clearfield, Hooper, Willard, Syracuse, Layton, Kaysville

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A.C. Crandal
A.C. Crandal
15:29 21 Aug 18
Just moved here from Colorado and found Away Home & Pet Care and I couldn't be happier. I have 2 pampered cats who can be difficult. Robert was an absolute gem. He had our antisocial cat, Baxter, wrapped around his finger. He made us a plaque with pictures of the cat, it was so thoughtful and nice. I especially enjoyed the pictures he sent each day of the cats and what they were up to. I will definitely use them every time I go out of town. Excellent service, communication and had total peace of mind during our entire vacation. Thank you Robert!
Kathy Preston
Kathy Preston
00:02 18 Aug 18
This company and service has been the best that I have ever experienced. We had to find someone to care for our Kitty while the kitties owner had surgery. We had a great meet and greet and have never been more more pleased with this service. They are reliable and they take the best care of your animals.
Lee Hardy
Lee Hardy
14:02 14 Jun 18
We were a little nervous about getting a pet sitter for our three cats, two of them seniors, but Robert tamed those fears with his first meet and greet visit. He made friends with our cats and had our very senior cat (16) coming out for pets soon after we left. It was such a relief to enjoy our trip away (2 weeks) and know they were in good hands. We were also concerned about the health of our senior cats with someone else, but they are in good shape and not at all nervous as they would be if they had gone to a kennel. We would definitely employ Robert and Away Home & Pet Care on another vacation.
Abe Burnett
Abe Burnett
20:15 23 May 18
When we had to drop everything and go out of town we called Away Home and were thrilled that Robert was able to come by so quickly. His appearance and decorum was neat and tidy, very professional. He was very detail oriented, very good with our two dogs and cat. They took to him right away. He took detailed notes on all our pets' needs and we felt confident he would take excellent care of them. The rates were very reasonable for two visits (morning and night), and we loved how he shared a well being report with us from each visit which included a short description of the visit and pictures. When we arrived home we found that Robert also left a fantastic picture collage of our pets. Super cute, and much appreciated. All in all, it's clear that Robert takes pride in going the extra mile, and we will definitely be hiring him for all our future trips. It's so nice, and much less stressful on our pets, to enable them to stay at home while still receiving truly excellent care. Thank you, Robert!
Shaun Mulreed
Shaun Mulreed
15:57 24 Apr 18
I have been a client of Away Home & Pet Care for nearly two years. They are life savers and I don't know how I could own a dog without their help. I particularly appreciate their flexibility and willingness to adapt to my ever-changing schedule ... as well as the goofy pictures I get from my dog's daily walks.
Jillian Chubet
Jillian Chubet
20:24 07 May 17
I've been using this service for 2 years. They are amazing. They have been there for me at a moments notice when we have had family emergencies.For my fur baby parents. I've been using this service for 2 years. They are amazing. We travel a lot and we can always count on them to keep an eye on our babies.
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SC: 803-239-8719

UT: 801-436-7387

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