A1 Creature Care

Taking care of your pets when you're away ~ since 2004!

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We purchased a home in Front Royal over a year ago. I began using Kathleen for home visits almost immediately. Within a few months, we began to board our dogs with her when we were gone for extended times. Kathleen and Keith treat our dogs as their own for which we are very grateful.

I know that our three Boston Terriers are safe and happy in their care. A few weeks ago, one of our dogs had a medical emergency having seizures which were life threatening.

I believe that Kathleen and Keith saved his life by seeking medical care. They spent Labor Day Weekend running Oliver to a local vet and then to the Emergency Vet Clinic where he was hospitalized. Then they had to pick him up and give the appropriate medication. My husband and I highly recommend their services. We can never thank them enough for their wonderful care.




About Us Services:

A1 Creature Care offers a wide range of services to meet your specific needs:

In-Home Overnight Sitting Day or Evening Pet Care Visits


Pet Care Visits are a great reassurance for pet owners who work long hours, travel a lot, or are simply taking a long awaited vacation. Visits are available almost any time day - morning, midday and evening... and are available for almost any type of pet:

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish and more! Day or Evening Care includes feeding, playing, walking, litter box and yard pet waste cleanup and of course... lots of love! If elected, basic home care like plant watering, rotating blinds and lights on/off and bringing in the mail and newspapers - is available. Pet Care Visits are a deterrent for potential burglars, and help keep your pets happy, well fed, hydrated and loved.

In-Home Overnight Sitting In-Home Overnight Sitting
In-Home Overnight Sitting, in which the sitter stays in your home, maintains your pet's routine and comfortable environment. In-Home Sitting is great for dogs and special-needs pets. This service includes feeding, lots of love and attention, and if suitable for the pet, play time and a walk; litter box clean up, yard pet waste cleanup; and, again, if elected, basic home maintenance including plant watering and bringing in mail and newspapers.

Private Dog Boarding Private Dog Boarding
For anyone who has ever felt badly about leaving their dog in a kennel while they are away on vacation... this is the solution for you! Imagine it, no more crowded kennels full of loud barking dogs! No more concerns about how much time your dog gets to spend outside... worry no more!

Private Dog Boarding allows us to accommodate your pet in a sitter's home. This family-style accommodation ensures that your pet gets the love, the exercise and the attention that they deserve twenty-four hours a day. By choosing the humane alternative, you give yourself peace of mind knowing your pet won't be subjected to potential health and psychological hazards often encountered in kennels.

We invite you to visit home of your sitter to become familiar with your pet's home-away-from-home and make certain that you and your pet are happy with the Private Boarding environment. You can drop off and pick up your pets at the sitter's home or they can be picked up for their stay. Feel free to provide bedding, food and treats so that your pets may best maintain their normal routine.

Home Care Home Care

We can transport your pets to and from veterinarian, groomer, trainer, or other location. Give us a call and we'll make arrangements!

If you don't have pets but would like to have your home maintained while you are away, or if you choose extra home care while we care for your pets... no problem! We can water your plants, bring in your mail and newspapers, rotate blinds and lights on/off and keep your home looking occupied and help deter burglars.


About Us References:

"Kathleen cares for and loves our 2 precious babies. They know that as well and are always excited to go for a visit. When we arrive, they can't wait to get out and explore her yard. Her family members love them as much as she does and its very evident. They are always well cared for, get tons of attention and we absolutely trust her with them. They are tired and happy when we pick them up. She has plenty of safe space for them to run and explore, and comfortable places for napping afterwords . Kathleen is always responsive to our check-ins when we are away. If you need a pet sitter, Kathleen at A-1 Creature care gets our 100% recommendation"

-  Niles and Darlene, Front Royal, VA


"Hi Kathleen! Just wanted to give you a public shout out and thank you for the many years you have taken such wonderful care of my "Critters"! You have always been there for me and them short notice or long, willing to come to my house or care for them at yours. Most importantly you love Teddy, Rosie and Bubba as if they were your own. I know I can trust their care to you and you have been a good friend to all of us, thanks!."

Marty Zuckerman, Front Royal, Va
Email: martyz@shentel.net

"Kathleen has been taking care of Kady (pronounced Katie) every time we go on vacation. Kathleen insures that her food, water and litter are freshened everyday and she takes the time to play with our Kady before she leaves. Both Kathleen and Kady are comfortable with each other. As a courtesy Kathleen will pick up mail from the box and bring in any packages from the front stoop - all we have to do is ask.

Diane N. -Front Royal, VA

"Kathleen has taken care of our pets since 2005 and has always done a marvelous job even when we have had power outages, snowstorms, ice storms, and the remnants of Storm "Sandy" up here on the mountain. Kabuki pictured here and Tiger (not pictured) depend on her to give them food, love, clean litters, and attention whenever we are not here to do so. They are always well cared for and happy. With the things Mother Nature has thrown at us, Kathleen has always looked out for our home and kept in close contact with us to let us enjoy time away without worrying about what is happening while we are gone. With gratitude for all she has done for us in the past, we look forward to many more years with Kathleen and A1 Creature Care."

Tom Schafer
Home Phone: 540.635.3231 (best phone contact to reach me)
Email: t.schafer@comcast.net

"Kathleen and Keith at A1 Creature Care have been a true blessing! They have been watching our 5 year old Labrador since she was a puppy! It's so nice to know that Honey is in good hands while we are at work or on vacation. They treat Honey as if she was their own and she LOVES them both! Kathleen and Keith are very trustworthy, flexible and reliable and have been there to help even if we give short notice. Kathleen even watches over our salt water tank while we go on vacation! We are very grateful to have found such great friends and the best dog carer ever!! Thanks for all that you do! I would very highly recommend A1 Creature Care to everybody! "

Ashley, Jamie & Honey
- Front Royal, VA
Email: blyashle@yahoo.com

Cali is a Flat-Coat Retriever mix. Cali loves to go for rides in the cars, spend time in the yard watching for birds and she especially loves her squeaky toys! The newest one she gets is her favorite until a new squeaky toy comes along - she's a very fickle Cali dog.
Sleeping on the sofa upside isn't too bad either!

"A1 Creature Care and Kathleen, been such a big help and very reliable which has made my life so much less stressful. I don't worry about Cali at all while she's in Kathleen's care... I go away for weeks at a time and I can tell Cali thinks of Kathleen and her home as her second family and that makes me very happy. Thank you again so much for everything!"

- Tom, Front Royal, VA

"We have been using Kathleen now for about three years. We just had Kiwi in the beginning and about two years ago, Petey joined the family after we fostered him for a while. I cannot speak more highly of Kathleen's services. She is trustworthy, reliable and flexible. When i was working long hours i am not sure how we would have coped without her and my dogs just LOVE her! Kathleen treats my dogs as if they are her own, i know they are safe with her, well cared for and ALWAYS having fun! Kathleen is an absolute blessing because when i do leave home for a day i know they are going to be just fine. I am very grateful to have found the best dog carer ever and i would highly highly recommend her to everybody!"

- Jena Manganelli, Front Royal, VA...

"Hi to everyone looking at A1Creature Care. We are Chase, Barry, & Cheyenne (left to right) and our mommy and daddy are writing this for you so you'll have no hesitations on the love and care A1 provides. We absolutely love when they come visit and take us on our walks...so by the time mom and daddy get home from a long day of work, we've had our great walks, backyard visit, fresh water and ice, snuggle time, etc. And sometimes Ms. Kathleen takes us to the groomers (cuz we can smell ya know); The A1 Creature Care family just looks out for us and we LOVE it! We just know you'll love them too! Don't be shy, cuz we ain't."

- Jon and Tammy Kicker, Front Royal, VA...



"Kathleen is the best. She truly loves animals and welcomes our dogs into her home as if they are her own. The minute our Great Dane sees us load her bed into our car, she charges around the house with excitement knowing she is heading to her home away from home"

Ed and Natalie, The Plains, VA

About Us Contact:

A1 Creature Care
Licensed, bonded and Insured

Kathleen Cranford
Front Royal, VA 22630
Cell Phone: 540-683-6219
Home Phone: 540-631-0036

Have a question? Please e-mail. A1CreatureCare@yahoo.com

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