Paw Paw Pet Care is owner ran and operated by Melissa Martin and Adam Dougherty who are married and live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Paw Paw is a full-service pet sitting organization that is dedicated to providing professional loving care to your animal companions.
Adam was born into a family of one dog and two cats in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an avid dog lover who has raised five dogs; Maggie, Angel, Pete, Sam and Stella... and six cats; Mike, Ike, Pinky, Max, Peanut and Pearl. He has trained all of his own dogs and assisted or advised many friends and family. Adam is known as 'Saint Francis' to his mother because of his uncanny ability to attract and relate to almost any animal! He has lived in Clinton Hill since 1995 and is a graduate of Pratt Institute. Stella, his German Shepherd, was raised in Clinton Hill.
Melissa grew up in Indiana chasing chickens, wrestling frogs, petting pigs and cuddling with kittens. Her parents were very understanding of her interest in animals and allowed her to have menagerie of creatures as house pets...turtles, chameleons, salamanders, crawdads, and lots of fish. She is CPR and First Aid Certified. Melissa has helped nurse several injured animals, from opossums to wild birds back to health. Soon after moving to Brooklyn in 2000 she became a foster home for abandoned and injured kittens for the New York chapter of the ASPCA.
Adam and Melissa live with their cat Pearl (who was adopted from a deli in Ft. Greene), two cage-free parakeets and a common gold fish. Stella was there with them too, until she passed away on March 25th 2009, after 13 years of exuberant life. Stella was loved immeasurably and is missed even more.