Monica Loosley Pals4Pets

Monica Loosley

Founder and Director

Jenny Seagrove Pals4Pets

Jenny Seagrove


Monica Loosley – The story of Pals4Pets

19 years ago, no formal home-based professional pet care service existed. The only way Monica Loosely (pictured left), the Pals4Pets founder, could find someone to take care of her elderly Yorkshire Terrier was to put cards up in newsagents and advertise in local newspaper.

At the time, Monica was the author of The Good Kennel and Cattery Guide, published by Collins. In the course of researching the book, a task that involved visiting and assessing 3000 boarding kennels and catteries, Monica became acutely aware that the facilities offered by these boarding establishments did not suit every pet and the idea of a more personal service, based on boarding pets from people’s own homes, was born.

Monica approached members of the veterinary profession and the Corporation of London Veterinary Department. In line with these discussions, the first private homes were licensed, like boarding kennels, to be able to welcome dogs. The company was launched in 1998 by actress Jenny Seagrove (pictured below left) and has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines as well as national and local radio and television.

Drawing on her expertise, Monica collaborated with MPs to draw up an Early Day motion in Parliament specifying the standards that should be applied in licencing private homes for pet boarding. Pals4Pets has also run training courses with local authorities on how these standards should be applied.

The work the Company has undertaken in this field reflects in the high standard Pals4Pets applies to its own sitters, together with the training and induction they are given prior to working on its clients’ behalf.