Meet Team ForPaws
Sarah Sorgi - ForPaws Business Manager & Pet Carer
"A home isn't a proper home unless it has at least one cat snoring peacefully on (or under) a bed, or weaving around your ankles as you get something out of the fridge"...this is something that Sarah believes in whole-heartedly. It doesn't matter how horrible or lovely your day has been, it's fantastic and calming (usually) to come home to a happy cat. Cats (and dogs - Border Collies are her favourite) have been part of her life for as long as she can remember, they are a huge part of family life. To Sarah it doesn't matter whether they are a lap-companion, an expert-mouser or curtain-climber there is always something special about having cats around the house.
Before her move to Surrey, alongside work and finishing her degree, Sarah offered a successful and well-utilised pet/house-sitting service in Suffolk, providing a reliable and trustworthy service to pet-owners who wanted to know that they're pets were being looked after in the comfort of home, rather than facing the upheaval that catteries and boarding kennels can often and unintentionally create. When owners came home to happy cats and a well-kept house, it made the return from holiday that much easier.
Sarah moved to Surrey in 2003 to work at the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley, and after a short break from having animals about the place, found herself getting used to dealing with a clutch of new pets to look after. From petsitting Sulphur Crested cockatoos to helping out at her partners Stables, taking on two gorgeous cats (Mo and Hamish) and the incredible, late, great Charlie (a Border Collie-Japanese Akita cross), her love of caring for animals is as strong as ever, and is now being passed onto her four year old son.
Sarah joined the ForPaws team in 2013 and our customers love her calm and kind manner with their pets. Sarah offers dog walking in Woking and Guildford and cat sitting care services in Woking, Surrey. In July 2017 Sarah was appointed to be our business manager and is responsible for our accounts and invoicing, planning our marketing and most importantly, co-ordinating our new starters - ensuring that they complete the induction process and that they have plenty of opportunity to shadow our existing team, which she is responsible for supervising.
Michelle Bialogrodzka - ForPaws Pet Carer
"I currently live in Haselmere with my husband and my cheeky two year old boy Charlie. Before joining ForPaws in December 2013, I spent the last seven years working as a PA to the Headteacher of a secondary school in Guildford, but made the decision not to return to work after maternity leave as I want to make the most of watching my little boy grow up.
Working with For Paws has been my dream job - I am able to fuss and look after cats for a living."
Michelle offers cat sitting services to clients in the Godalming area and her customers are always so impressed at her friendly professional manner and how beautifully she looks after their cats (and one or two more exotic pets too!).
Jacki Taunton - ForPaws Pet Carer
"Since I can remember, animals have been a passion of mine. Although my career path has taken a very different route, I am delighted to be working for ForPaws and indulging my dream of looking after beloved furry family members.
Growing up we always had a family dog, Freckles then Sunny. I believed that I was a "dog person" but in 1991 Boo the cat came into my life and changed that! Thanks to the charms of Boo, I am now a fully paid up member of the crazy cat lady club.
I currently live in Guildford with two lovely rescue cats, Reggie and Scout. My experience in pet care comes from living with animals and the kind of care I look for when I go away either travelling or working. Reggie has medical issues so I understand how to look after a cat with special needs. I also understand how important it is to receive updates and to feel happy and confident that your pets are receiving the best care so you can enjoy your time away without worrying.
I am really looking forward to exploring the countryside with canine companions and fussing over felines, so when you come home it will be to happy and content animals."
Jacki joined us in May 2015, providing holiday cover for our dog walkers and cat sitting services in the Guildford and Godalming areas. Jacki also runs an amazing Belief Lab, offering transformational coaching - more information on this is available here: http://thebelieflab.com.
Alice-Rose Cox - ForPaws Pet Carer
"Hi, I'm Alice and live in Haslemere with my furry best friend Myia, the 2 year old husky. After working in offices for the first 5 years of my working career I have realised that being cooped up in an office isn't for me (something I thought as a child and turned out to be right!). I'm slowly looking to break out of the Monday to Friday 9-5 routine of sitting at a desk and follow my dream of working with animals, particularly dogs.
I have always loved animals from a small age, whether it be dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, snakes, the list is endless. I have always had pets and now have my trusty companion Myia who brings me endless amounts of happiness (along with a few frustrations due to her breed!). Whenever I can I spend my Saturdays at Vigil GSD Rescue volunteering. This can be walking dogs singularly or in group walks, grooming, taking potential adopters out on walks with dogs or just lots of cuddles and play time!
I also volunteered at the Cats Protection League for around a year as a very young teenager cleaning out pens, feeding and playing with and cuddling all the cats.
I am very excited to now be a part of ForPaws and look forward to all the four legged friends I'm going to meet!"
Alice joined ForPaws in July 2015 and will be offering cat sitting services in Haslemere and surrounding areas.
Debra Brennan - ForPaws Pet Carer & Receptionist
Debra started off as a ForPaws Customer, as Corrine used to walk her gorgeous two dogs, Lola and Bentley. As the business grew and we needed more help, Debra started to help occasionally, before 'officially' joining us in Summer 2016. Debra offers cat sitting visits in and around Godalming and has plenty of experience in looking after cats with very individual needs!
In 2017, Debra also took on the role of 'Receptionist' - in that she now carries a ForPaws mobile and is the first point of contact for any new enquiries from potential clients. We are very grateful as the dog walking pet care team rarely have time to get back to messages promptly and she does an excellent job!
Jo Ellett - ForPaws Pet Carer
"I have owned cats all of my life (currently the house-mate of the Tortie with the loudest purr in Farnborough) and have regularly cat-sit for my friends and family. I am fully aware of the stresses cat-owners feel when leaving their pets alone for long periods of time and understand the relief you feel when you receive confirmation that your cat is still calm and happy in your absence.
Having upheld for years that I am a confirmed ‘cat-person’; in 2010 I also inherited two Westies and now dogs have also worked their way into my heart.
I have worked in the higher and further education sectors for 15 years in a variety of administrative and managerial roles. But I knew it was time to take up pet-care professionally when I spent most of my day wishing I could walk my dogs. Sadly my Westies are now both too old and ailing to walk as far as they did when we first welcomed them into our lives, and I love to walk, so now the ForPaws furry friends can join me!
I have a certificate in Canine First Aid and CPR."
Jo joined us in February 2017 and was our first new starter to go through our induction process and assessment which she passed with flying colours. As well as having her own clients to look after, Jo is fully insured on the ForPaws van and covers for Hannah's holidays too!
Corrine Lisle-Harding (CCAB RQF Level 5, MAPDT 01181) - Director
ForPaws is owned and run by Corrine, a qualified behaviourist and dog trainer, who spent over a decade working in admin and IT, before finally realising her dream and turning her love for animals into a full time business in 2011.
After attending a 2 day introductory dog training course, Corrine developed a passion for dog training and behaviour. She attended a wide variety of training courses, passed the IMDT and APDT membership assessments with flying colours, and has been mentored by Jennifer Shryock, founder of Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) in dog and child safety. In August 2014, she began studying canine and feline behaviour at degree level with COAPE, which qualified her as a Certified COAPE Animal Behaviourst (CCAB RQF Level 5). She is a proud member of CAPBT (the COAPE Association of Applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers) and her long term goal is to now re-train as a veterinary surgeon and specialise in neurological disorders.
Corrine believes in only using and promoting reward based training techniques, that kindly motivate dogs and pets to perform behaviours that we want them to repeat, and ensures that all ForPaws staff follow this ethos. Corrine's main role is now managing the ForPaws business, alongside her husband Matthew - who is also a director.
At home in the country, Corrine is proud 'Mum' of 3 dachshunds, Clive, Sarah and George, a border collie called Patch and 4 chickens, Scarlett, Ruby, Ginger and Peaches!
2014-2016 - COAPE Higher Diploma - Year 2 - Distinction, 82%.
2013-14 - COAPE Higher Diploma - Year 1 - Distinction, 87%.
2013 - APDT Membership Assessment - Passed.
2012/2014 - IMDT Membership Assessment - Passed (membership now lapsed).