About Us

About South Paw Pet Services


South Paw Pet Services is committed to providing you and your pets top-notch service. You place your trust in us to care for your pets, and we take that very seriously. We go the extra mile, and then some to be sure the pets in our care are safe, secure, and happy. 

South Paw is dedicated to helping animals reach their full potential.

Owned and operated by Shari Strader, CPDT-KA, South Paw Pet Services uses only force-free methods. Shari is a Certified Dog Trainer with more than a decade of experience working with dogs, including rehabilitating rescue dogs. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, she has a personal commitment to giving dogs a better life.

training-with-shariSince 1997, Shari has volunteered with a number of animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations and avidly worked in the political arena to lobby for humane animal legislation. Her efforts paid off. Shari successfully worked to get anti-tethering ordinances passed in several states and lobbied for legislation to end use of gas chambers in tax payer funded shelters in North Carolina. Shari has tirelessly built fences to free dogs from their chains, and co-founded the Animal Protection Society of Rockingham County.

Since returning to her native Hampton Roads, Shari has successfully launched South Paw Pet Services. She is carrying on her efforts to assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of rescue dogs, and is looking forward to helping many more animals and their owners with the services South Paw provides.