Meet the Crew

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

  • Nicole Kienlen, CPDT-KA Kienlen, CPDT-KA
    Creator of Paws & Anchor / Owner / Manager
      • Certified Professional Dog & Cat Groomer
      • Certified Professional Dog Groomer [(IPG) International Professional Groomer] 
      • CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed by The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
      • AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
      • 10 Years Veterinary Technician/Assistant Experience
      • 20+ Years Professional Pet Care Experience
      • Graduate from The Dog Grooming School of Pennsylvania
      • Student of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy 
      • Pet CPR & First Aid Certified (Red Cross & Barkleigh Productions)
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Salon Professional
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Professional Groomer
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon S.A.F.E. Handling Certification
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon S.A.F.E. Certified Groomer
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon Certification
      • NAPPS (National Association of Pet Sitters) Certified in Pet Care
      • Managing Safe Group Play Certified (The Professional Pet Boarding Council)
      • Salon Sanitation Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Geriatric Grooming Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Hair & Skin Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Difficult Dog Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Puppy Handling Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Feline Safety Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences) 

    Memberships:

      • National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. 
      • National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc. 
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc.
      • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, APDT
      • A brief history on the creation of Paws & Anchor

    A brief history on the creation of Paws & Anchor

    I had a goal to create and provide a standard for animal care that did not currently exist in the community, and I wanted to provide pet care services that were at a level that was appropriate, loving, and safe for my own furry family.  My years of working in the professional animal care field, shelter/rescue, and veterinary field helped create a business with a foundation for wellness, emotional security, and happiness, to our furry friends of the jersey shore community. Give me a chance and I can talk your ear off about why we do what we do and how we do it in a manner that is above the rest, but the base is: ethical and humane treatment of the animals in our care, a cage-free environment with positive reinforcement, fear-free stress-avoiding handling of pets, top of the line equipment in the industry, highly (and continually) educated staff in the professional animal care field, and high quality pet spa products that are natural and made in the USA.  Paws & Anchor is a place my staff and I are happy to work at, our clients love, and the pets we care for are happy and treated like our own beloved furry family. (Because that's what they deserve!)

    My inspiration was my own furry little boy “Brody”.  He was my “son” and best friend, he even walked me down the aisle of my wedding.  He will never be forgotten and was a true ambassador of his species.  He deserved the best, and thus from him and my years of professional experience, Paws & Anchor was born.  I believe in celebrating the human/animal bond and taking the best care of our furry family members in return of that special loyal companionship and unconditional love they give us as best friends. 

    About Me

    I have a very strong passion for what I do and valuable ethics when it comes to caring for animals.  Like any small independent business, it has been a struggle to create Paws & Anchor and keep it thriving, but it is absolutely worth it thanks to the wonderful staff I work with and happy (human and animal) clients.  I started working with animals professionally when I was 16 years old and I built the company from the ground up with the mantra that anything worth doing is worth doing your very best. I spent many years working in animal care facilities and at a Veterinary Hospital, as well as learning everything I could through industry conferences and continuing education at the same time. Top leading professionals that I have met in the pet care industry have called me a “Lifer”.  I started a professional pet-sitting business in 2008, assembling a team of like-minded individuals to provide quality care to animals where they were most comfortable, at home. This grew into hundreds of clients and led me to expand to a new business (Paws & Anchor) in 2014 which includes our current storefront, grooming spa services, and boutique pet retail.  I have also gained education, certifications and professional experience to become a certified pet groomer and certified dog trainer. I love what I do and I enjoy helping my community care for their pets.  It's also wonderfully gratifying working with animals. I have a personal interest in canine behavior, the art of grooming, designing/creating, and genuinely helping people.  I also find value in treating my staff like family, being a good leader and providing them with a job that they can enjoy where they are needed and appreciated. I have two beautiful adopted little (human) girls and a wonderfully supportive and talented husband Bryan Kienlen, owner of Anchors Aweigh Tattoo Studio (right on the next block from us) and bassist of The Bouncing Souls.  All of our companion animal family members are rescues.  Our two bonded house rabbits, “Curtis” (Lionhead x Silver Martin) & “Nola” (Harliquin), and “Lakota” (Border Collie sweetheart with all the energy of a toddler with A.D.D.), bring us unconditional joy at home. 

    The Paws & Anchor team and I love providing professional, knowledgeable, nurturing and rewarding care in our services to our revered clients.

  • Tori
    Grooming Salon Manager
      • Certified Professional Dog & Cat Groomer
      • Founding Employee since year one of Paws & Anchor (est. 2015)
      • 13+ Years Professional Pet Care Experience
      • Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified 
      • IPG (International Professional Groomer) Member
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Salon Professional
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Professional Groomer
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon S.A.F.E. Handling Certification
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon S.A.F.E. Certified Groomer
      • Salon Sanitation Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Geriatric Grooming Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Hair & Skin Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Difficult Dog Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Puppy Handling Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Feline Safety Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences) 

    I have had a passion for animals since I was a child, constantly rescuing neighborhood stray cats and kittens. I have spent much of my life volunteering with different organizations to help bring some joy into the world, for both animals and people. In 2008 I started grooming after realizing being a human hairdresser wasn’t my calling (not enough dogs!). I have also worked with wildlife all over the world, including the Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka, and the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center in Turrucares, Alajuela. Also, I am currently in school as a biology student. My favorite thing about working for Paws & Anchor is having the ability to help take care of our local pets, while still having opportunities to help animals all over the globe!

MEET OUR IN-HOME CARE STAFF

  • Scott
  • Drew
    Office Manager
      • Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified 
      • AKC American Kennel Club Salon S.A.F.E. Handling Certification
      • Brusher/Bather Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Handling Special Needs Dogs Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences) 

    Hi there! My name is Drew, and I’m the Office Manager here at Paws & Anchor! While this is my main position now, I have had the pleasure of working almost every other position at our small business as well. From grooming assistant to bather, and even In-Home Care pet sitting and dog walking (prior to covid), as well! I have 3+ years of professional experience working with animals. However, I haven’t always worked in this industry. Music is another big passion of mine and I have worked in recording studios, and was a long time employee of a vinyl record shop since I was a teenager. I came to a point in my mid-twenties where I was a bit lost and unsure of what I truly wanted to do, so I took a leap of faith into the pet care industry, as animals have always been another personal passion of mine. I'm the proud owner of my rescue pit bull, “Clash” (named after the band!) and I am a huge advocate for “adopt, don’t shop!” I enjoy interacting with all of our clients - Canine, Feline, and Human! The bonds we create with owners, thanks to the trust they put in us to take care of their beloved pets, is really special! Working with a talented & passionate crew of friends, as well as proudly representing a kick-ass small business, is equally rewarding!

  • Valerie
    Assistant Office Manager
      • Pet Salon Dog Bather
      • Grooming Assistant (Including Cat Grooming and Private Appointment Dog Grooming for special needs pets)
      • Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified 
      • IPG (International Professional Groomer) Member 
      • NAPPS (National Association of Pet Sitters) Certified in Pet Care
      • Cat Care Specialist Certified PSI (Pet Sitters International)
      • Brusher/Bather Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Handling Special Needs Dogs Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Feline Safety Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences) 

    Growing up with many animals; chickens, ducks, cats, dogs and rabbits, it was impossible to not love animals. I’m blessed to have a mom that always  treated all of our pets like family, which in turn taught me how to be kind and caring to all living things. Raising animals my whole life has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve been able to experience. For much of my twenties I was not sure what the best path was for me, until Nicole hired me and gave me a chance. Now, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I love being a part of something that has the best interest for each and every one of the pets that come through the door. Being a cage-free facility, it allows for me to be able to engage with each and every pet that comes in, This allows me to be able to sit next to a dog that’s nervous and to pet them until they feel more comfortable, which for me, is very rewarding. Everyday is as inspiring as the next, which has led me to continue educating myself in the animal field. I’m currently working on my Cat Grooming Certification as well as my National Professional Pet Sitters Certification, but I know I will not stop there. Being able to work at Paws and Anchor, makes me feel like I’ve come home.

  • Kellyann
    Certified Professional Dog & Cat Groomer
      • Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified 
      • IPG (International Professional Groomer) Member
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Salon Professional
      • International Professional Groomers, Inc. Certified Professional Groomer
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences)

    My name is Kellyann and I’m a dog groomer at Paws and Anchor. I have a 9 year old chiweenie mix named Juice who is pretty much my entire world. Working at Paws has been a great learning experience as well an overall enjoyable place to work! Grooming in an environment without cages and being able to have complete one on one with each pet is something I won’t ever take for granted! I’ve been working with animals as a dog groomer and a veterinary technician for about 5 years. I can confidently say working for Nicole at Paws and Anchor has been more than welcoming and the best career decision I’ve made. The care and love each pup gets makes me feel comfortable having my own pet groomed here. Paws and Anchor offers a ton of great services you can add to your pets grooming experience but my favorite is the paw fizz! My own pup’s paws usually smell like Fritos and this product helps eliminate the smell as well soothing the paw pads. Definitely recommend that as well as the blueberry facial and nail filing!

  • Frank
    Assistant Professional Dog Groomer
      • Pet Salon Dog Bather
      • Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified 
      • IPG (International Professional Groomer) Member 
      • Grooming Technician Certificate from The Paragon School of Dog Grooming
      • Pet Groomer Certificate from The Paragon School of Dog Grooming
      • Canine Massage Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certified (Barkleigh Productions) 
      • Continuing Education Certified Yearly (Via: Intergroom, Groom Expo, and Pet Industry Conferences) 

    I started working with animals at a young age and discovered my passion for them very early on. I have always had pets of my own and currently have a 12 year old Havachon named Baci and an orange 11 month old Domestic Short Hair named Finn. My pets are my babies and you can trust me to treat your fur babies as my own! I have worked in several animal-related fields and businesses from veterinarians to pet resorts, however Paws and Anchor is most definitely the most caring and welcoming place for both pets and their parents! I am trained in first aid for cats and dogs, and have experience handling nervous and aggressive dogs as well. I’m very excited to grow with Paws and Anchor and can’t wait to meet all of your adorable pets!

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Location

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Our Regular Schedule

Private Grooming and Cat Grooming appointments are available After Open Hours on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays

Paws & Anchor Storefront

Monday:

11:00 am-3:00 pm

Tuesday:

11:00 am-3:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Sunday:

11:00 am-3:00 pm