Person of the week: Juliane Estrada

Paws & Claws owner and certified veterinarian technician Juliane Estrada has a soft spot for animals.

From chinchillas to your family’s new puppy, Estrada said, when you trust your animal in her business’s care you have nothing to worry about.

“This is my calling,” said Estrada while introducing several of the dogs she is responsible for at her more than 1,000-square-foot animal day care and boarding facility on Todd Road in Shelton.

“It always has been my calling, ever since I was little,” said Estrada.

Her love for animals stemmed from her relationship with her aunt when she was a kid.

“I had an aunt who always had animals around, and I could never wait to get to her house,” said Estrada. “We always had animals, too, as a kid, but not like her. She was magical with them.”

Paws & Claws provides a primary day care and boarding service for pet owners. Estrada said she handles pets whose owners have to go on business trips, are on vacation, or are in any other circumstance that would require them being away from home.

She has owned the business for more than 25 years and said she does much more than just boarding and day care.

“We celebrate birthday parties, baby showers for dogs, and throw the best holiday parties,” said Estrada.

The dogs who stay at the facility get the chance to partake in games such as bobbing for bones on Halloween and creating ornaments for Christmas trees during the holidays.

She is the lone staff member at Paws & Claws, aside from her husband, who lends a hand cleaning some of the animals’ kennels as well as photographing some of the business’s holiday parties. Photos from some of the events may be found on Facebook by searching Paws & Claws Resort LLC.

She added that although she loves dogs, she is an “animal person” overall. She has taken care of kittens, rabbits, tortoises, birds, chinchillas, and dogs of all ages and breeds.

Estrada said she develops individual relationships with the animals she takes care of and it contributes to the quality of their stay. As each animal is different, Estrada said, her method of care can be a matter of trial and error.

“They all have individual needs that some owners tell me about before they drop them off,” said Estrada. “But for some animals, I learn and try things by spending time with them.”

All of the work Estrada puts into caring for the animals at Paws & Claws can be tiring, she said, but her motivation fuels her business.
“We are responsible to do what’s best for the animals and care for them,” said Estrada. “There’s always going to be 1,000 more that need someone to make the best decisions for them. Plus, I can’t think of a better thing or another thing to do. My mother has said it forever, that this is what I was born to do.”

Paws and Claws is open 7 days a week. Monday - Friday 8 a.m-noon. Then 3 pm-5 pm
Saturday 8 am-noon  Sunday pickup and drop-off 9 am-10:30 am.

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