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Jeff and I wanted to say thank you to you and the young man that came to pick up Skipper. Please let him know we said thank you, he was very polite and respectful. And thank you for spending the time with me on the phone. This of course is unbelievably difficult, but you and the staff made it easier. Our other horse is getting long ok, and has formed a three some with our two goats. Nothing will ever be the same, but will be ok.
  â€”Jeff & Stacey Cummings


Doyle L. Shugart

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Meet Our Counselors

We proudly introduce our outstanding Staff Counselors

Learn more about our Staff Counselors by clicking their name below.



As a Registered Pet Funeral Director, Debbie, is a sweet angel on earth to loving pet parents everywhere. Debbie's love for all pets is seen in the kind and compassionate way she cares for every detail of your pet's final arrangements. Debbie's own little fur babies include her sweet Yorkies, Abbie and Bear. Debbie said when she found Bear, "could not resist these little fur paws reaching out of a cage while being sold from the back of a pickup truck in the hot summer sun." She knew she had to rescue him!  After losing another of her beloved Yorkies, "Robbie" to a tragic accident, she knew she wanted to help others through the loss of a beloved pet. Here Debbie feels that she is able to do just that and wants to make sure her hugs and words are helpful to the hearts of those experiencing grief.    






Meet our Staff Counselor, Kayla.  As the granddaughter of Doyle and Maudann Shugart, Kayla has loved and cared for pets her entire life. She is an avid fur mommy to two Yorkies.  Kaia (pictured here) and Molly.  










Susan has a natural affinity for animals, a kind spirit, and a compassionate heart that has enabled her to understand the needs of pet parents who have lost a beloved pet. She began working with us part-time and is now a full-time Staff Counselor and has been with us for more than six years. As someone who truly enjoys helping and comforting others, Susan finds it “rewarding to know that she is assisting others during a difficult time in their lives.” Susan and her family have a beloved rescue named “Daisy”. “Daisy”, who is a Lab-Dalmatian-Terrier mix, was rescued from Helping Paws Rescue/Pawtropolis out of Athens, GA. According to Susan, during her first visit to meet Daisy, “she put her paw on my heart and I knew from that moment she belonged with us”.



BiBi, our resident staff counselor, came to the Chamblee office as an 8-week old beautiful tiny tabby in Oct. 2006. Someone had dropped her off and we found her underneath the office building and coached her inside. She was shy for only a few days and is now a very loving and friendly kitty. She welcomes everyone into the office and loves a good rub down!




Vader, our resident staff counselor, is a beautiful shiny black male cat adopted from Peachtree Animal Hospital in January 2008 as a playmate for "BiBi". They are best of friends! Vadar is very curious and playful and also very smart. He can open doors to any offices to the delight of our staff and clients! No one ignores Vadar!







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