Animal Care Services Testimonials

I have known Yvette since she was a young girl when she helped her father in his veterinary practice. She took charge of our smallholding competently during our recent absence, looking after our 32 alpacas, Kune Kune pigs, cats and poultry. So well that we engaged ASSIST again for our extended journey to Europe. In her free time, she has studied alpacas and alpaca husbandry, the better to get to know and understand them. She performed all duties required to a high standard and is capable of acting with initiative when necessary – these were essential during her next stint with us during our alpaca-breeding season. She dealt confidently and correctly with various situations that arose, with the result that we returned home to some new, healthy crias. She is self-confident, cheerful, honest, reliable and engaging with a good sense of humour and a healthy attitude to life with its ups and downs. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to future clients. Mrs Celia C. Berry, Sodom Hall Alpacas, Denbighshire

We employed Yvette to look after our two dogs and three cats in 2016, so we could go abroad to get married. We had only left the dogs once in ten years so we’re rather anxious about leaving them for ten days. We needn’t have worried; Yvette looked after all the animals as if they were her own, even giving Milly our anxious black Labrador a body massage to help the bonding process.  One of our cats was taken ill with a throat infection, but Yvette took Fi to the vets, and also gave her medicine every day:  No easy feat, as Fi does not take kindly to having nasty medicine syringed into her mouth!

Every few days we would get a lovely newsletter from Yvette telling us about the  animals day and how they were all doing, informing us of the lovely walks she had been taking Milly and Woody on, accompanied by photos.

Having found Yvette now, we feel confident that in future, we can go on holiday, knowing that they are as well looked after as we could do ourselves.

Yvette is confident, competent and very efficient.  There are always doubts about having someone you don’t know staying in your house, but you can tell that Yvette is completely professional and trustworthy; the house was clean and tidy on our return too.  She has a genuine love of animals and really understands their individual needs and personalities.

I would have no hesitation in recommending her.  Ourselves and the animals, especially, look forward to using her services again.  Mr & Mrs Clark, Cheshire

We heard of Yvette and Assist Animal Care Services through a recommendation, and what a fantastic find she was! It was incredibly reassuring to go away knowing that our home and, more importantly, our pets – a dog and two cats, were being looked after by such a kind and capable person as Yvette. It can be daunting to have someone you have never met before come to live in your house whilst you are away, but from the moment we met Yvette at the pre-sit visit we had absolutely no doubts whatsoever that everything would be in safe and experienced hands (probably more so than when we are there ourselves!). Yvette took time to show us photos and references from sits she had done before, and to ensure that we were comfortable with the booking, which we were, entirely so. It was also clear that she was very well organised, and it shone through that she absolutely loves animals. When we arrived on holiday we had a text from Yvette confirming everything at home was fine, and we received regular updates about what they had all been up to throughout our holiday, with some lovely photos of the pets emailed to us as well. When we returned, the house was immaculate, and our animals were quite underwhelmed to see us! I suspect they are counting the days until we go away and their ‘Aunty Yvette’ comes to stay; we will not hesitate to use her services again. Thank you Yvette! Mr P & Mrs J Jones, Shrewsbury area

Thank you so much for looking after Mini, my greyhound for me. You don’t know what a relief it was to know that she was being cared for by someone who is reliable and genuinely interested in her happiness and wellbeing. You are worth your weight in gold, Yvette – what a star! I shall certainly use ASSIST again. Mrs Gail Hudson, Broseley, Shropshire

Yvette looked after my very indulged pedigree cats and chickens while I was in London and did a wonderful job.  My cats loved her and they were all very happy and healthy when I got home.  She also looked after the properties and gardens so I arrived to find everything neat and tidy and the garden watered and tended to.  Yvette is very professional and capable, dealing with the vagaries of our elderly properties extremely well.  I have no hesitation in recommending her and have booked her services for my long trip away in the summer. Mrs Kimmins,  North Shropshire

We have used Assist Animal Care Services on more than one occasion and have been delighted with the care and excellent help provided by Yvette.  She has extensive experience with a wide variety of animals and it shows.  It is immensely reassuring to go away knowing that your animals, be they domestic or livestock (not to mention your plants and home!), are in the safest of hands. We would definitely use Assist again and have no hesitation in recommending Yvette to other clients. Dr R Henderson, Staffordshire

“Yvette recently house sat for us whilst we went on holiday. This included looking after our middle-aged Rottweiler and our young  English Bull Terrier bitch who had broken her leg 2 weeks previously; she was also having her first season! Despite these trials and tribulations, Yvette managed famously. The dogs were beautifully cared for as were the house and garden. Yvette sent me an entertaining update and lovely photos every day which gave me peace of mind that the dogs were having as enjoyable a holiday as we were, if not better! I have booked Yvette for further sits and would not hesitate to recommend her wholeheartedly.”  Mrs Tomlinson, Telford & Wrekin Borough

‘Yvette looked after our much loved black Labrador, Dougie, while we went on our family holiday. I was anxious about leaving him as he was only 10 months old but Yvette took him on daily excursions, played plenty of dog games and gave him oodles of affection which meant that Dougie had a holiday of his own too.  He is a very sociable dog and I have no doubt he enjoyed going to the dog friendly tea rooms and being treated to a sausage for good behaviour!  In addition to this she looked after our hamster.  He was also spoilt with time and affection; he was let out to exercise in his ball daily and introduced safely to the dog.  We received daily updates via texts which we were able to enjoy while away and also were able to see many photos of their adventures too. On our return, the house was a most welcome sight – Yvette had left the house in an immaculate condition which made it a joy and relief to return to. Finally, I think it’s worth mentioning that Yvette is very patient and understanding.  She is able to appreciate that part of the appeal of her service is that her clients are usually very busy people with many demands on their time; she has been flexible and considerate of our needs and continues to be as we plan our 2016 holiday.  We will be booking Yvette again for a short break before Christmas and I am happy that Dougie, and of course Hammy, will get to spend some time with her again before the summer.’   Mr & Mrs Canney, Central Shropshire

We have used Yvette for smallholding sitting on a number of occasions and have been delighted with her services. She is professional and conscientious and all of our animals (and the house) have been looked after brilliantly in our absence. My only complaint is that she is too much in demand, which is a reflection of the brilliant service that she provides! Melanie White, Herefordshire

I have known Yvette for many years. She was always a great help to me and my beloved pets that sadly have since passed away. I was very fortunate that she was able to look after my dog Katie, a Trail Hound and my two cats Cuddles & Bubbles while we were away on holiday for 2 weeks. Katie had a skin complaint and needed regular baths and applications of a special ointment but this did not cause Yvette any problem. She looked after Katie and the cats with love and affection as if they were her own. We did not live locally at the time but Yvette travelled to our house twice a day to tend to their needs and walk Katie. Yvette is kind, trustworthy and very conscientious and if I ever needed someone to care for any future pets again she would be the first person I would call. Mrs Julie Lewis, Madeley, Shropshire

I must thank you for the amazing job you did for us both.  We have never before come home to such happy, laid-back dogs, I don’t know what you did, but they obviously enjoyed your company. Thank you also for your many updates; they made our week away so very much easier and also made us laugh especially when you knew you were accepted by Gerry when he pinched your hairbrush. I am sorry if he damaged it?  You may have noticed he loves to fetch things. Whether it be shoes or a ball he is at his happiest if he can carry something and if he can give it to you too- even better. I can’t say “thank you” enough! Happy fur-babies are all we ask for.    Mrs Sally, Powys

On each of the three occasions that Yvette has looked after our exuberant GoldenDoodle puppy and our Maine Coon cat, we have felt complete confidence, with good reason, that they were in excellent hands.  

 Ours is a remote location with no road access, and so when she is in occupation her responsibility is not only for our pets, but for the well-being of the property, day and night.  It is a great comfort when we are away to know that our home is in competent and caring hands.  And a further comfort is the receipt of her daily emails, with photos, of the progress and exploits of our animals.  It is notable that when Yvette leaves at the end of her stay we find our home just as if she had not been there.  We return with complete peace of mind.

Yvette displays diligence, professionalism and correctness in every aspect of her work.  She has a true love and understanding of animals.  We cannot recommend her highly enough.   K. & J. Eskerlands, Powys

It’s so great to be able to go away, knowing that everything at our home and smallholding is in such safe hands.  Yvette is not only efficient, she’s also resourceful, friendly and more than kind to all of our animals.  In fact, I think our dog is in love with her! Annie Garthwaite,  Bridgnorth District

Assist – What a marvelous find! Thank you so much Yvette for looking after our pets so wonderfully and at such short notice too! The dogs were so much happier at home rather than going to kennels and they really enjoyed playing ball! It was very reassuring knowing all the pets were so well cared for while we were away. We can thoroughly recommend your services.  Lisa and Mark Ashby, Bridgnorth area

Assistyg – My rescue cat, Lia, is prone to stress, so arranging holiday care at home is essential. She took to Yvette on first meeting her, which is unusual as her past life experiences have made her wary. When I return she is always in good form, relaxed and happy. I know Yvette goes the extra mile to care for her charges, so I can leave Lia with confidence knowing she is in safe hands while I am away.  Hilary Nelson, Telford area

I worked with Yvette in the past when we were employed in the same company, so knew she was honest, conscientious, reliable and hard working.  When my mother became frail and less mobile and my own work and social life were becoming increasingly hectic I worried about how I was going to cope with the travelling, extra housekeeping and looking after my mother’s home on a regular basis. When Yvette set up her Assist business I was first in the queue to become a client, initially booking her to do a major spring clean, which she did extremely well. My family and I were pleased with how clean and bright mum’s home looked.  We immediately noticed all the little nooks and crannies and even the cooker smelt fresh and were spotless.  Mum didn\’t normally like having people in her home, but she was very happy and comfortable with Yvette Sandra Prince, Little Dawley

I would like to confirm that Yvette Greasley has done an excellent housekeeping job for me. She has looked after my bungalow several times. I am fully satisfied and would recommend her to anybody.  Mrs Florence Gray, Leegomery

We were very grateful to Yvette for looking after our four dogs, goldfish and garden whilst we were on holiday; we couldn’t have wished for a better person to take care of them.  It is nice to be able to leave our beloved pets with someone who has a love and true dedication to all animals and has a wide range of knowledge, providing the highest standard of care.  All of the dogs enjoyed the fun walks. The daily reports with pictures helped us relax whilst we were on holiday. We will recommend ‘Assistyg’ to all our friends. Kim & Stuart Morgan, Shifnal area

“Yvette has recently undertaken a house sit for me – for my dog and assorted small pets. I can highly recommend her – my dog is very suspicious of some people but Yvette immediately won him over when they first met a couple of years ago – he now remembers her whenever she comes to the house and greets her enthusiastically! I have no hesitation therefore in recommending Yvette who is able to provide a calm approach but plenty of stimulation, long walks and attention. My house was very well looked after too. I can whole heartedly recommend Yvette for value for money, care and attention to detail, but above all of this – for peace of mind, knowing my dog was so well looked after and would be HAPPY and healthy whilst I was away.”  Mrs White, Shropshire

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