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  • Writer's pictureTony Nevarez

Meet Tony! Co-Owner/Co-Founder/Aftercare Specialist

Growing up, I always knew that my passion, love and commitment, would be to dedicate myself to understanding cats and dogs. I’ve always considered myself an animal lover, and by the time I had my very first cat at a young age, my interest was sparked in learning to know all I could about cats and dogs. One thing I know to be a constant truth, is that there is no greater unconditional love and compassion that can mimic that of our precious animal family members. 


The pets that we share our home with are our best friends, companions, and for many of us, our children. They offer something that no human can provide, which is why my journey in life has always stayed focused on wanting to be around animals by caring for them in any way possible. 


My experience has mainly kept me in my hometown of Los Angeles, but I first began my animal care journey while living in Denver, Colorado. It was there that I first joined a wonderful team at a dog daycare, and was mentored well in understanding dog body language. I learned that dog behavior is displayed in various forms: from a play bow in joyful and happy dogs, to whale eyes in stressed and nervous dogs. Learning to understand these subtleties, helped me easily notice signs of sickness in dogs.


Due to my extensive experience working at dog daycares, boarding facilities, animal hospitals,  and doing dog walking/sitting, I’ve landed many roles as supervisor and manager. This has helped me expand my knowledge in animal behavior, which can only be understood by spending time with a group of 50 to 100 plus dogs. 


Over all, even with 20 years of experience, I still have a responsibility to do my best to never stop learning, and always bettering myself to gain modern knowledge about dogs and cats. Love has no limits, and compassion knows no bounds.




Written on 01/23/2024 by Tony Nevarez, Co-Founder, Co-Owner, and Aftercare Specialist of Small Paws Cremations



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