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Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC
Melodi started Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC in 2006. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC?
I have always had a passion for animals. I was going to school full time at the University of Rhode Island as a Pre-Vet student while working full time at a local veterinary hospital AND picking up pet sitting and dog walking clients on the side.
Since my late teenage years, I have known that I wanted to work with animals. While working at the animal hospital, I saw a great need for this type of service, and soon after decided to start this business!
I would often come across clients who had not traveled in years because their pets required specialized care or medications or because they did not know who to ask or whom they could trust with their pets and their home.
The veterinarians and the techs that I worked with would often recommend my services and then those clients would refer me to their friends, co-workers, and family members.
Before I knew it, I had as much as I could take on for 1 person, about 50 clients total consisting of both a handful of weekly dog walking clients and then the majority of those clients being vacation sitting clients. The referrals kept coming and I began referring the clients to other vet techs that I knew or worked with.
It was during my senior year at URI that it became clear that this is what I wanted to do. I switched my major to Business with a focus on Animal Veterinary Studies.
During my last semester before graduation, I began putting the business together, building a website, doing the research, getting the business set up, and advertising for staff. Furry Fellas was launched right before I graduated. At the time, I was a full-time college student working 3 jobs trying to make ends meet.