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Leading Premium Pet Sitting Service Comes to the UK

02 June 2016

UK - Animaute, the leading pet sitting business in France, begins its international expansion in the UK. Supported by '50 Partners', a start-up accelerator created with 50 experienced entrepreneurs, Animaute opens its first branch in London under its new name Max and Kitty.

Virginie Mercier, Managing Director at Max and Kitty UK, said: “I am really excited about launching the new service. We have been leading an innovative way into pet sitting and we aim to become the new European leader in the industry.”

According to the latest Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, there are thought to be 16 million cats and dogs living in the UK and they estimated that 11m (40 per cent of) households have pets.

With busy lifestyles and an increasing number of furry friends, the pet sitting industry is currently in high demand.

Charles Fourault, co-founder of 50 Partners, has never been more certain of the growth of the industry and the business:

“The strong growth of the pet sitting business, new services and geographic development offer very significant opportunities with the shared ambition to make Max & Kitty the Industry European leader in the next 5 years’ time”.

“The very innovative vision of the market of services to pet owners and the excellent execution of the team have convinced us to support the company”.

Olivier Tondusson, a veterinary surgeon, first created Animaute in France in 2009. Due to the major success of the pet sitting business there, he approached 50 Partners and other investors to complete the next step in the expansion.

The company as a whole now has reached a milestone of 120 000+ pet sitters and more than 100,000 clients in Europe.

Henriette, a dog owner from the UK, said how happy she is with the service and expressed her gratitude to the pet sitter.

“Thank you for looking after Harry (her dog). You did an amazing job! Very caring and lovely”.
Max and Kitty’s services range from boarding in the pet sitter’s home, to pet sitting at the owner's home, to cat visits and dog walking.

Owners benefit from a premium insurance, a personal advisor and an emergency service during the sitting.

The values and missions remain centred around the passion and love for all pets.

You can find out more about Max and Kitty by going to

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