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.

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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