Bloomington Pet Pals Inc., was founded in 2005. It is owned and operated by
Ann Wesley. I am a lifelong pet owner who loves my dogs and cats as if they
were human children.
The importance of home pet care became obvious to me on the occasions
when I had be out of town and couldn't take my babies with me. When friends
could babysit, the animals suffered no ill effects. But sometimes friends are
busy or it felt like an imposition to ask. On occasion, I turned to kennels, but
each time I left them at one, I saw the trauma they experienced being in a
strange place. They cried and had to be dragged away from me. They did not
enjoy being with a large group of dogs in a small space and suffered
separation anxiety. They weren't used to concrete floors, even with a blanket
put down. Their boarding reports indicated they frequently didn't eat while
there - either because of stress or an unappealing food. Mixing with other
dogs always brought the possibility of fleas or fights and illness seemed to
follow after every stay.
Ann assisted Dr. Lauren Bowling during the
rescue of 70 dogs from an animal
hoarder's mobile home in Bloomfield in
Bloomington Pet Pals We Play While You're Away
Finally I realized that many families experience the same situation I did, and I saw how great the
need is for a safe, loving service for pets when owners are away from home. In 2005, I opened
the business with Diane Stuercke. (Diane moved to Chicago in 2013 and opened her own pet
The business is structured to provide you with the type of service I would want for my own
animals. Since starting, I've worked with several veterinarians and animal authorities to learn all I
can about pet behavior, training basics, recognizing potential health risks and current issues in
From day one of our business, I wanted to be active in community events and support the groups
whose members support us. Our support has extended to groups that focus on animal welfare
and other nonprofits in our community.
I have volunteered at vaccine and microchip clinics and we have fostered dogs, including special
needs puppies. Ann served on the board of directors of the MCHA for two years and was given
the Unsung Hero Award in 2012. She also with Casa Del Torro Pit Bull Education and Rescue and
the Humane Society of the United States.
Ann with three puppies she fostered in
Ann has completed training in Disaster Preparedness and Recuse of Companion Animals with the American Humane Association. She has
been involved in numerous animal welfare actions including the rescue of dogs from animal hoarders, from puppy mills and from a dog
Winner of the 2008 zootoo.com National Pet Lovers' Choice Award for Best Pet Sitters.