Jenn was born and raised in South Knoxville and is excited to be caring for the pets in her community. Her two Great Danes, Marley and Gruff love their little terrier brother named Frankie. Being the ultimate dog mom, she opened PAWZ Dog Services in 2017 while working as a Veterinary Assistant, and attending college. Soon after she realized how much more she wanted to offer her pups and began planning the big step of moving to a facility. She graduated from Pellissippi State Community College with an Associates of Science in Marketing. She is Pet CPR & First-Aid certified, as well as a certified Pet Care Specialist through the IBPSA. She is a member of Pet Sitters International, NAPPS, and the IBPSA.
Anthony is originally from Lakeland, FL where he had a brief career with Animal Control. After moving to Knoxville and opening a golf cart shop he realized he had one true love...Dogs.He has one dog of his own, a nine year old German Shepard named Ziggy, but he would own one of everything if you could. Especially goats. He is a recent graduate from the Animal Behavior Institute where he studied Canine Behavior and Nutrition. He is a Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. Anthony specializes in group play and loves to play with the dogs in the yard.
Rebecca is from South Knoxville and has known Jennifer the majority of her life. She recently adopted one of our own fosters, a catahoula/aussie mix who loves to come play at PAWZ. Becca is majoring in Family Studies at Johnson University, where she is the President of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Becca has been with us for almost two years and has become a tremendous asset to our team. She loves to have fun with the pups and play frisbee!
Kealie grew up in South Knoxville alongside our owner, and numerous staff members.Kealie is attending school at the University of Tennessee where she is studying Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as part of Sigma Kappa. Her dog Mabel is a Aussie/Collie mix that is full of sass. Kealie is someone who always gives 110% to any job or a project she is a part of and that is one of the main reasons we are glad to have her at PAWZ. She loves keeping your pups active and your pups love keeping her on her toes!
Preston moved to Knoxville from South Arkansas to start the rest of his big life adventure. His abundant love for all animals led him to PAWZ. He works hand in hand with the dogs to ensure they not only have a good time, but are also cared for and loved whole heartedly. Preston has two cats of his own and is always fostering for us when needed.
Emily grew up in South Knoxville where she graduated from high school last year. She is interested in pursuing criminal justice, but for now she likes to fish and play with dogs. Growing up she rescued dogs that "found her" on the street, which led them to be her favorite animal. Dogs will always have her heart!
Maggie is an East Tennessee native that studied at Pellisippi State Community College. Being a dog lover all her life, she is extremely excited to gain experience in the pet industry, and pursue a career in the field. She has a rescue pup herself named, Lola who loves to come to work with her mom.
Molly was born and raised in Gallatin, TN before she moved to Knoxville 5 years ago. Growing up around animals she has always known and loved to treat them like her own children. She is excited to be working for PAWZ because she can care for all the fur babies that come through our door and make sure they have a fun filled day.
At PAWZ Dog Services we are committed to providing excellent care to your furry friends. In doing so, we train ALL of our staff using The Dog Guru's - Knowing Dogs 101 & 201 programs. This is to ensure they have the knowledge to handle any situation that might occur.
To create a clean, safe, and trusted environment that stimulates and enriches the dog's life while still allowing them to feel at home. We strive to make not only the pet comfortable but the human as well, giving them one less thing to worry about.
To create true happiness within ourselves and animals by making an impact on the way all are treated. We work to do this by providing love, patience, and compassion through the best care possible for the dogs we are entrusted with.
To provide a professional, accountable, reliable, and trustworthy service to both dogs and their humans in Knoxville, TN. We know most humans have a busy schedule that's why we aspire to be a flexible option for everyone.
At PAWZ Dog Services we understand that a love and passion for animals can sometimes be hard to explain. If you have ever had a deep love for any pet or animal in general you know just what this means. Seeing their emotions and the joy, or sometimes the sadness they can feel leaves a lasting impression in your heart that can never be forgotten. PAWZ aspires to embody the love you share for your furry friends through the attention, stimulation at play, compassion, and the care we provide. The primary reason PAWZ began is due to those exact same emotions being taught to founder, Jennifer McKinney, through the dogs she’s owned and known through out life.
PAWZ began when the owner, Jennifer McKinney, found an unbreakable friendship with her Great Dane Marley. This friendship led her to the driving passion she has today to provide for dogs in a way like no other. After pet sitting for family friends growing up, working at a doggie daycare during high school, and facing life as an adult she realized dogs were WAY better. While attending college for Animal Science she got a job at Central Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville, TN where she began working as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant. Her work experience here helped teach her an extensive amount of pet care knowledge that she is thankful to carry on into her work today. Like any broke college student, she needed a way to make extra money to pay the bills. She turned to her true passion of pet care and PAWZ Dog Services began to evolve, fueling a drive she didn’t know she had. Motivated to provide adequate care for pet’s all over Knoxville, TN she changed her major to business and marketing, developed a business plan, and got to work. She is Pet Tech CPR & First-Aid Certified, a IBPSA and Dog Gurus member and (almost) a CPACP who is dedicated to providing the best care possible for your pet. After starting as a small pet sitting and walking service PAWZ Dog Services has grown into one of Knoxville’s favorite boarding and doggie daycare facilities, where animals are always treated as family, constantly stimulated and able to experience a relationship just like the one they have at home with their owner.
Jennifer’s connection with dogs has been one that has cultivated over years of companionship that she would even say is stronger than the connection she shares with most humans. If you can relate to the PAWZ story, then you are already part of the #PAWZPalz family. Allow us to continue the care you provide at home, even when you can’t be around. Feel free to book a meet and greet with us so that we can get to know your pet(s) a little better and for us to answer any questions, or request regarding your pet’s stay with us. Although Jennifer’s focus is dogs, she has experience with all kinds of animals. Feel free to ask if we can accommodate your cats, reptiles, bunnies or fish!