“My degree in biology was a stepping stone for work, but I realized that my career opportunities were not promising,” Elman said.
Inspired to start her own company, she decided to leave the zoo. Elman envisioned dog-sitting, walks, general care, as well as a worry-free haven for pet owners while they were at work or away on vacation. In Home Pet Services started from scratch in 2002 as a part-time side job while she was working at Pet Menu on Northern Boulevard.
“I began part-time in 2002 and found I had enough clients to support myself by 2004,” she said, ” and that’s when I went full-time, and now we’re trademarked and even franchised.
Elman’s main promotion comes through local veterinarian recommendations and various social media. As of 2010, the company’s clients total nearly 900 and counting. IHPS was also featured on HGTV’s “Hidden Potential,” where the show helped design her in-home doggie daycare.
The company is not just limited to dogs and cats. It also cares for smaller pets such as reptiles, rabbits, and birds, offering services such as wing and nail clippings. Furthering her love of animals, in her free time, Elman raises money for pet charities through teaching pet CPR classes. She was also handpicked to educate youth in Nassau County on pet first aid and CPR.
“People are apprehensive about pet CPR, but I like to teach with a focus on first aid," Elman said.
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