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Want to leave your fury friend at home? Uncle Jon can help you

By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
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As a pet-owner, Jon Sorci could not imagine leaving his Westie terriers, Jezzie and Donner, at a kennel. “You know that look on their face when you’re leaving them at the kennel? I didn’t want to experience that anymore,” Sorci said. As a business professional, he could not have imagined that he would have begun his own pet-care business in previous years when he laid off between four and seven employees in the winter months. Sorci was inspired to start the business by a friend who was in the same situation. He saw the pet-care business as a creative alternative to cyclical unemployment. Sorci and his wife, Julie, owners of Yogurt Delite, have opened up a pet-care business during the winter months when yogurt sales dip. During the winter months, he and his employees go to customer’s houses to take care of their pets. Having been owners of Rocklin’s first frozen yogurt eatery for 19 years, the couple likes the freedom that entrepreneurship presents. Business, however, means more than a transaction to Sorci, who strives for a cordial ambience. He says that Yogurt Delite is complimented constantly for its customer service, a tactic he applies to his pet-care business. “He is really good and responsible and it’s more cost-effective to leave her (dog) at home,” said Noel Waldvogel who highly prefers to leave her dog, Indi, at Uncle Jon’s Pet Care over a kennel because she says Sorci gives her pet an abundance of attention. Waldvogel also says the prices are much more affordable than a kennel. Uncle Jon’s Pet Care not only exercises energetic dogs, but is also attentive to older dogs. Pet care, however, is not limited to dogs. Sorci is willing to care for any domestic animal, including horses. He is licensed through the city of Rocklin for all of Placer County. Sorci is a member of Petsitters International, a national and professional organization. He and all of his employees are insured and bonded. All of his policies include a horse sitting binder. “It feels good when people come back and said you did a good job,” said employee, Kelly Nihen. Uncle Jon’s Pet Care operates seven days a week. For more information, go to unclejonspetcare.com.