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Channahon Woman Cares for Local Pets for Nearly 20 Years

Local business owners tell Patch how they got started and what they're known for.

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Precious Critter Sitters, located in Channahon, began in 1995. 

  • Business: Precious Critter Sitters
  • Contact: 815 467-1606 
  • Submitted by: Lori Ephraim, owner
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When and how did your business get started?


I started pet sitting in the Channahon/Minooka area in January of 1995. I have lived in Channahon since 1991 and was talking to a friend about how hard it was to get away to see my dad in Wisconsin since I had a houseful of pets. She was in the same predicament and came up with the idea of pet sitting for each other.

She had heard of people doing this for a living so we ran business card in the local paper for $4 and learned that there was a demand for this service. Nineteen years later I am running the business myself, but do have trustworthy helpers that I can count on if I ever need help. I have always loved animals and love what I do!

What is your business best known for?

I have cared for many different kinds of 'critters' over the years including dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, horses, chickens, goats and more! I also provide other services at no extra charge like getting trash out, altering lights and shades, collecting mail/newspapers to keep homes looking occupied.

I also provide plant and garden watering services as well as house checks for people that do not have pets. I have a very reasonable lawn mowing and snow removal service that I can call at my clients' request. 

Why did you choose the town you did to open your business? 

I have lived here for 22 1/2 years and raised my son here. I love the area and the people who live here. I would not want to travel when there is a need for this service in my home town.

What's something interesting about your business your customers might not know?

I am registered with the village of Channahon and endorsed by the Feed Loft. I have gotten referrals from the local vets and most of my clients. I keep my rates very reasonable in order for my clients to be able to keep there pets at home, worry free.

Does your business offer a special deals card or program?

I keep my rates low for everyone. I will drop my rate $1 per visit for clients that need daily visits at least five days a week, regularly while they are at work.

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kelly kadubec January 23, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Lori is the best l!! there's been a couple times I've needed her in a pinch at the last minute she is very flexible. my two dogs love her shes super nice she has super reasonable rates best pet sitter ever!!
Ashley Brown-Sutter January 23, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Lori has been a family friend for a long time. She is one of the most generous, sincere, and hardworking person I know. Nothing competes to her work ethic! Highly recommended!
Kathy Grady January 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM
We have used Lori's service several times. I highly recommend her. She goes above and beyond what's expected.
Lori January 26, 2014 at 06:50 PM
I just noticed these comments. Thanks so much!! :)

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