Who We Are

At Athens Pet Sitter we believe in a safe and happy world where pets get their way every day.

About Athens Pet Sitter

Thank you for your interest in Athens Pet Sitter. We are a family run business and we consider our clients, both humans and pets, to be part of that family.

We believe that, when you’re away it’s nice to have the peace of mind knowing your pets can stay in the safety and comfort of your home and maintain their normal routine. So we have designed a range of services to meet the varied needs of dogs, cats, other pets — and you.

Melinda Walker

You will probably be speaking with Melinda initially to answer questions and set up your initial get acquainted visit.  Melinda started Athens Pet Sitter in 2006 after five years with local non-profits and earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from UGA’s Terry College of Business.

Daniel Walker

Daniel will meet you at your home to go over paperwork, learn your pet’s routine and will be your pet’s primary caregiver in your absence.  Daniel joined APS in 2007 after eight years in operations and business management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University.

Our Pet Sitters

Athens Pet Sitter has many wonderful, caring backup sitters.  Whenever possible you will be given an opportunity to meet your backup sitter.

Meet our pet sitters »


The Walker Family

Daniel and Melinda live in Bogart with their daughters Sophie and Elle, hounddog Buddy , kitties Daisy & Triscuit Allen.

Our Pet Care Services

Puppy need some pampering? Done. Kitty needs some scratching. On it. Dog needs a walk?

  • Private Dog Walking (with a variety of pet fitness services)
  • Pet Visits (routine visits for cats, dogs, small caged pets or any kind of pet)
  • Overnights in your home
  • Everything in-between

Plus, we make sure to keep you in the loop with photos and videos.

Five Reasons to Choose Athens Pet Sitter

  1. We are life long Oconee county residents. We don’t leave on holidays and school breaks. We are committed to being available to you.
  2. With a decade of professional experience, we have many references.
  3. We are insured through a national sitters insurance company.
  4. We send photos, texts, video & email updates throughout your absence so you can RELAX & ENJOY your time away.
  5. This is our full time family owned business. We love what we do and it shows in our service to you.

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Our Story

Immediately after graduating from UGA with a degree in business I began my career with the Boy Scouts of America. I had wanted to work in non-profit my whole college life. I loved working with volunteers because they were usually happy people following a passion and helping in ways and for causes they chose.

Three years after I got married, my first daughter was born. By this time, I was working for the Athens Community Council on Aging. Generously, they allowed me to bring Sophie with me to work. She had 100 new grandparents for a few months! Eventually, I decided I couldn’t get my job done well and have her with me so I resigned.

I didn’t want another job but I did want to do something to help someone. I decided to start a concierge service to help other busy families. I quickly learned that people did want help but not with errands. They wanted help with their pets. Athens Errands quickly morphed into Athens Pet Sitter.

My first pet sit was over the July 4th holiday in 2006. We still sit for Zoey and Lulu today! A couple of years later, Daniel joined me and Athens Pet Sitter became the family business.We just celebrated 10 years of service to Athens area pet-loving families.

Most people say, “you must really love animals.”

While I do love animals, what I find most rewarding is the trust my clients place in Athens Pet Sitter, allowing us to love your pets and home in your absence.

I love hearing that you were more relaxed during your time away because you knew Athens Pet Sitter was taking meticulous care of your home and pets.

I am following my passion and helping others and it feels great.