By Jasmine Hsu
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters annually awards one pet care business with its most prestigious award – Business of the Year. This year’s honor went to Kelly’s Kanine Pet Services, owned by Carmel resident Kelly Kolodkin.
“The NAPPS nominating committee takes the Business of the Year selection process very seriously, and they spend a lot of time reviewing the various applications,” NAPPS Administrative Director Cathleen Delaney said. “Kelly demonstrates outstanding business practices and vision in maintaining and growing her business. This really came across in her application, and she is very deserving of the award.”
Kolodkin’s business offers pet care services that include puppy housebreaking, obedience training, pet sitting and more.
“I was thrilled when I heard (about the honor). It was really such a blessing,” she said.
For Kolodkin, the honor carries special significance. In 2011, she suffered from a life-threatening health issue. The ensuing health battle and survivor experience led her to re-evaluate what she truly wanted to do in life.
“I realized that I love working with animals and that it was something I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to,” she said. “Starting my own business gave me a new purpose, and it showed me that it was possible for anyone at any age to turn their path around and start fresh all over again.”
Kolodkin hopes her story of success will inspire others to pursue their dreams.
“I want people to know that it is possible to follow your heart and still be successful,” Kolodkin said. “As long as you have the drive, anything is possible.”
For more, visit kellyskaninepetservices.com.