Bright Spot in Local Business: The PetGal Kona Expands To North Hawaii Offering Stellar Pet Services


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

You know when you just want to cheer for people who move here and open a successful business and offer jobs to other residents that are fun and fulfilling? Well, Susan Anderson, founder of PetGal and her husband, Dan Schweitzer are that couple. They brought their business to West Hawaii from Austin, Texas and successfully expanded into Kona. As of this week, they are now expanding further still into North Hawaii.  Great news in these times, for sure. Here is the low down:

Pet Gal Expands And Brings Pet Services to North Hawaii

The Pet Gal, an award-winning professional pet sitting and dog walking company, purchased the Waikoloa Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Services (WPS) this week. The purchase expands the company, with locations in Austin, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, and Kailua-Kona, HI into 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”, stated The Pet Gal co-founder and Kailua Kona resident, Susan Anderson. 

Susan and Dan opened Pet Gal Kona in 2019 to offer in-home pet care and dog walking services to West Hawaii. They currently provide 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,”  Shelley Hirning, owner of Waikoloa Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Services, stated.

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 (known as “Pet Gals and Guys”). The Pet Gal offers a full line of services, including pet sitting, dog walking, pet taxi, wedding pet attendant, and ranch sitting for clients in the Greater Austin area, Colorado Springs, and Kailua-Kona. To learn more about the company’s services, visit





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Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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