I am from Charlotte, NC originally.  After graduating from Chapel Hill (yes, I went to Carolina:)), I spent some time in graduate school with the idea of one day becoming a vet.  When I realized there was no way I could handle all the sad stuff that could go along with that career choice, I changed gears and moved to Columbia, SC to be a zoo keeper at Riverbanks Zoo.  After 4 years of working with all sorts of exotics from big cats to monkeys, (and meeting my future husband!), I changed gears again and began working with SC's native critters as the Rehabilitation Director at Carolina Wildlife Care.  I had worked with all sorts of animals, but my heart had always been with DOGS!  So after 2 years of rescuing and raising injured and orphaned wildlife, I set after my dream.  With the help of my wonderful parents and soon to be husband, we opened A Paw's Paradise in January of 2007 with the idea of providing something different.  At the time, the only dog "daycares" in Columbia offered a kennel with a few walks in between.  I am so proud of what A Paw's Paradise has become, a fun place for dogs and a wonderful community...scratch that...FAMILY of dog lovers.

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Jessica McCartha

(Manager)

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Stacey Johns

(Owner/Operator)

Meet Our Team

Jessie is a Columbia native in every sense.  She was born and raised in the Irmo area, graduated from Gilbert High School, and like every good Columbian is a die hard Carolina fan.  And yes, we have many colorful debates of which is the "real" and which is the "other".  Originally going to school for physical therapy, Jessie also felt drawn to a career with dogs.  She began volunteering and later working at an animal shelter specializing as an adoption counselor (Which of course resulted in her acquiring dog #3!).  In 2010, I was lucky enough to add her to the Paw's Paradise family and she has been a blessing ever since.  Jessie has an obvious love and passion for dogs and seeing her with them, its clear they feel the same way about her.  She has helped APP leap into the world of Facebook (I'm a bit slow in the techie sense) and is our resident dog food guru (or as I call her, our food nazi).  She has even recently started her own homemade doggie treat business...Dirty Mutt Cafe!

Lynda Gantt

(Kennel Technician)

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Skylar Samenko

(Kennel Technician)

Haley Harmon

(Assistant Manager)