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Get to Know the Paws Up! Team

Who Is Paws Up! (formerly Kimberly's Kritter Care)?

We are an amazing team of highly respected, responsible, and reliable pet care professionals providing midday dog walks and in-home pet care for pet parents in North Charleston and surrounding areas!

Our Mission

To enrich the lives of our busy clients by delivering exceptional pet care that they confidently recommend to family and friends, while fostering trusted relationships and spreading joy with every wag and purr.

Kimberly Layman,
Founder & CEO

After working in the corporate world for many years, I found that wasn't my true calling. I realized I really wanted to do something that I was passionate about. My love of animals and my desire to provide them with the care they deserve inspired me to leave my corporate job and become a professional pet sitter. I founded Paws Up! (formerly Kimberly's Kritter Care) in 2016, and have been providing North Charleston and surrounding areas with dependable, knowledgable, and loving pet care services ever since.


In my spare time I love to hang out with my fur family and my partner, Josh. I also enjoy volunteering at local animal shelters and fostering kittens.


I am a proud mom to four rescues: a black lab mix named Buddy, a mountain cur named Molly, a tuxedo cat named Callie, and a rambunctious tabby cat named Charlie!


At Paws Up!, we truly love animals and have years of experience working with them. We are all Pet First Aid and CPR certified. You can trust us to provide a safe, comfortable, fun, and healthy environment for your furbabies. Whether it’s taking them for walks, administering meds, coming by to feed and let them out, or providing in-home care, we’ll watch over your pets as if they were our own.

We can't wait to meet you and your furry, scaly, and feathered friends!

Meet the Team

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.

- Steve Jobs

Sam - pet care professional

Sam Soule, Pet Care Specialist

Hey everyone, my name is Sam and I moved to Charleston in 2021 from New York! Nope, not the big city, just a little small town.

I'm a huge animal lover and, unfortunately, I don't live on a farm or I'd have an actual zoo I'm sure! (Future goals!) 

I have 3 puppers - Zeke, Raine, and Bowie and two kitty litter mates - Kitty & Shadow. They are all so unique in their own little ways and bring such joy to my life. 

I am pet first aid and CPR certified and have experience administering medications.

I'm very excited to become a part of this crew and look forward to meeting everyone and their fur (or scaly) babies!

Allison - pet care professional

Allison Bednar, Pet Care Specialist

Hello! I'm Allison and I am so excited to be a part of the Paws Up! team.

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, and have lived in Charleston for almost 5 years.

I have always had a soft spot for animals of all kinds. Growing up, my family had dachshunds. I started pet sitting as a teenager and have taken care of animals for many families over the years.

I'm incredibly happy to be a part of this team!

I am also pet first aid and CPR certified!

Darcy - pet care professional

Darcy Fechter, Pet Care Specialist

Hello! My name is Darcy and I am so excited to be a part of the Paws Up! Team. I moved to Charleston in August, 2021 from Connecticut after graduating with my Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. Growing up, I always had at least 1-2 dogs and I currently have 3 cats. Animals touch the most intimate parts of our hearts and I promise to treat your pet like they are my own.

I currently volunteer at Dorchester Paws and I am pet first aid and CPR certified. I am very comfortable working with animals and have experience administering oral medications. I can’t wait to meet you and your amazing pets!

Amanda - pet care professional

Amanda Vincent, Pet Care Specialist

Hi! I’m Amanda and I joined the Paws Up! team in May, 2023.

I’m originally from Charlotte, NC but have been living in Charleston for over 4 years now. I’ve been working with animals since I was a kid. Growing up my dad was a zoologist, so we had every pet you can imagine - dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters, even a skunk!

I’ve been a Veterinary Technician for the past 3 years and love every second of it. However, I’ve worked in different parts of animal care since I was eighteen. Doggy daycare, service dog training, petsitting, all of that! My passion is truly in animal behavior, particularly nervous or fearful pets, and I want to make sure your fur babies are always comfortable and relaxed while you are away.

Lilli - pet care professional

Lilli Neal, Pet Care Specialist

Hi! My name is Lilli and I'm very excited to be a part of the team at Paws Up! I moved to Charleston in August, 2021 from Indiana. As long as I can remember I've always had a passion for animals. We always had animals in the house growing up and as soon as I was old enough to work I jumped on every opportunity to work with them. I have worked with animals in a variety of settings including doggie daycares, boarding facilities, and an animal hospital over the past 5 to 6 years. I currently have two fur babies. Bentley is a 2 year old Australian Shepherd and Cinnamon is a 1 year old Border Collie. I know how important pets are, they are family and I promise to treat your pet as if they were my own. I have completed training in animal behavior and other pet related courses. I am currently taking a course for CPR and pet first aid and will soon be certified in both. I'm very excited to meet everyone and their wonderful pets!

 Taylor - pet care professional

Taylor Lane, Pet Care Specialist

Greetings! My name is Taylor, and I am incredibly excited to be a part of Paws Up! team. I was born and raised in South Carolina, and I recently earned my Master's of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. I will soon be pet first aid and CPR certified. Throughout my life, I have always had pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, fish, and even sugar gliders! Life is simply more fun with pets, and being a pet parent has always felt very rewarding to me. I do not have children, but I do have 3 cats - Luna, Coco and Jack, and a dog named Rogue, and I definitely consider them my babies! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, spending time in nature and kickboxing. I dream of one day opening my own animal rescue/sanctuary. I look forward to meeting and providing excellent care to your precious fur babies!

Marcus - pet care professional

Marcus Gadsden, Pet Care Specialist

Hi everyone, I’m Marcus.  I am a senior at Charleston Southern University studying aeronautics, and I’m super excited to be a part of the the Paws Up! team. I am also pet first aid and CPR certified.

I grew up with two dogs but now I spend a lot time pet sitting for my family. I love the outdoors, exploring and taking new adventures. I’m looking forward to taking care of your four legged friends!

North Charleston Dog Walker

Your Name, Pet Care Specialist

We are looking for our next rock star employee!

If you or anyone you know would be a good fit, apply below.

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