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Professional In-Home Pet Sitting Services in Lancaster, VA

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We offer daily Dog Walking and In-Home Pet Sitting, as well as a variety of personalized Concierge services too!


Prior to calling River Paws Farm, home, Susan worked for 15 years as Owner and Manager of her beloved Pet Resort in Southern Maryland, known as Chesapeake Pet Resort & Day Spa, which she created in 2002, after several years of research on how to run the best pet care facility possible, Susan sold her successful pet resort in 2017, to live full time at her farm in Nuttsville.  Her dream  was to build a warm and friendly pet care facility in a rural  setting, which quickly grew to a regionally acclaimed facility, with frequent waiting lists, by providing a clean, safe, and loving environment for discriminating pet clientele.  As a member of the former American Boarding Kennels Association, aka, Pet Care Services Association, she earned certification as a Pet Care Technician and Advanced Pet Care Technician,  Certified Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR, and PCDI Certified Animal  Care Specialist. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in  Biology, Susan also has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management,  from the University of Maryland, University College. Having worked for  many years in the field of Environmental Microbiology and Chemistry,  Susan developed a keen understanding for accuracy and attention to  details; a vital part of any pet care operation. In addition to her  husband, Brian, and daughter, Susan has numerous pets of her  own. 

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services

Susan is available daily for In-Your Home Pet Care Services, in the Lancaster County Region, and vicinity.  Pricing is based on type and number of pets, your specific pet's needs, travel distance both ways, and other considerations, including pet age, mobility, activity and behavior, but rates typically start at $25 per 30 minute visit. within 15 miles. Visits are also available for 45, 60, 90 minutes. For locations beyond 15 miles, there is also and additional fee of 0.50 per mile, to cover our travel time, mileage, and vehicle wear and tear. 

House Sitting and Overnight Visits

Based on our availability, rates vary, based on your location and specific needs, but typically start at $100 for a 10-12 hour overnight stay at your property.  Contact us for more information.

Other Services

Home Security Checks:


Worried about your property while you are away?  Susan is also available to check on your house while you are out of town, bring in the mail, water plants, or other tasks for piece of mind.


Concierge Services


In addition to pet and animal care services, Susan is periodically available to assist with personalized Concierge services you might be in need of, that can include running errands, picking up supplies for you in town, or any number of things you might need to help you, in  a pinch.  Contact Susan for more information to see how we can help.

Current Rates & Client Forms

Fall-Winter 2019


Rates are based on individual request for care, but typically for In-Home Pet Sitting and Mid-Day Pet Sitting and Dog Walker Services start at $25 per 30 minute visit. Client Rates are customized based on the number of pets, any special additional care needed, travel time both ways, pet temperament/behavior issues, and other considerations.  We do also charge additional fees for visits on Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.