Urban Paws is founded, owned & managed by myself Layla Flaherty. The project began back in 2014 when I spotted a gap in the market due to my own needs for my Yorkshire terrier Buttons. For many years I was a busy professional having worked in the TV & modeling industry for a number of years & I needed a safe, fun & specialised environment for Buttons, when I needed to travel. Not only did I want an environment where I didn’t have to compromise with his care or wellbeing, but also an environment where Buttons could rest & play with his doggy friends, giving me peace of mind.
I was born an animal lover with bundles of energy & a passion for caring for animals. Growing up I have always shared my home with a four legged companion thus interacting with animals is second nature to me. When I decided I wanted to make a career out of working with animals, becoming a daycare owner was a fabulous way of making my dreams a reality. Firstly I began my career change by embarking on a diploma in animal psychology & then went on to gain a level 2 in City & Guilds dog grooming & Pet First aid & lots & lots of research.
My real issues with being a busy individual & caring for a young puppy, reflected through Buttons. He was having behavioural problems & wasn’t fully socialised with other dogs, instead he loved people but this was becoming a struggle for me. After one year of extensive research, including consultation with veterinarians, dog trainers, pet psychologists & of course other dog owners within the general public, I decided there had to be a solution to my needs for both myself & Buttons. With me living in Liverpool & working all over the UK & Ireland I needed an easy accessible, high quality pet care for my dog & realised there wasn’t any based in or around Liverpool city or in the north west of England. From this I decided to embark on a doggy empire & so Urban Paws planning began.
Soon it became obvious that I wasn’t alone, I wasnt the only person in Merseyside with this same problem. So I decided to embark on something unique, on a more personal level, for all pet owners, as we all want our pets to be happy and most of all cared for just like they would at home. My visions for Urban Paws are contemporary, luxurious, comfortable & a relief from the standard boarding kennels, for any pet to enjoy love & affection & home comforts away from home. We all need to spend time away from our pets, so why feel guilty knowing your pet is in safe hands & on their holidays also.
Buttons is my best friend & I won’t compromise on his care so why should you, we strive for your dog to receive the same love & affection & worry free stays for all our guests with peace-of-mind 24/7 for their owners.