The Pet Gal Kona expands to brings its expertise to North Hawaii pet owners

  • Susan Anderson, owner, Kona Pet Gal, takes the leash from Shelley Hirning, owner of Waikoloa Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Services.

The Pet Gal, an award-winning professional pet sitting and dog walking company, recently purchased the Waikoloa Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Services.

The purchase expands the company, with locations in Texas, Colorado and Kailua-Kona, to two new locations — The Pet Gal Waikoloa and The Pet Gal Waimea covering Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Resort, Mauna Lani, Waimea and Kohala Ranch.


“We were thrilled when Shelley, the owner of WPS, approached us to purchase her company. The Pet Gal will offer our care and service to all of WPS’s current clients and their pets. We are working to bring the North Hawaii existing pet sitters into The Pet Gal family, as well” said Susan Anderson, a Kailua-Kona resident and co-founder of The Pet Gal.

Pet Gal Kona opened in 2019 to offer in-home pet care and dog walking services to West Hawaii. The company currently provides employment to four independent contractors and are looking to absorb five more sitters in North Hawaii with the acquisition of WPS.

“It was difficult for me to think of leaving my clients with the task of not only finding any pet care at all but great pet care! I wanted to provide an option that I felt would offer the same high level of service and love for my clients’ pets that I strived to accomplish each and every day,” said Shelley Hirning, owner of Waikoloa Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Services.

The Pet Gal team fully vets their contractors and provides certification courses in first aid, CPR, and dog and cat behavior. The expansion helps the team realize their goals of providing the opportunity of non-tourism related jobs to island residents and promoting a more dog-friendly environment on Hawaii Island.


The Pet Gal is an Austin-based professional sitting and dog walking company with a passion for the welfare and advocacy of animals at the local level. Founded in 2009, the company started with one client and today works with thousands of happy clients, supported pet sitters and walkers.

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