Sonja plays aunt to Wakatipu pets


Animal lover Sonja Smart wants to spread her affections for creatures great and small through her new Animal Aunt service. 

The Arrowtowner has decided to start up a pet-sitting business for locals who go on holiday and have to leave their pets behind. 

“I enjoy taking care of animals and the Animal Aunt is all about in-home pet-sitting and providing a reliable and professional service that assists pet owners – ensuring their pets’ feeding and walking needs are met,” she says.
Smart, who holds a fulltime job as a personal trainer, has previously worked for two horse-trekking businesses.
“Most of my contact with animals has come from having had my own including cats, dogs, fish, birds, chickens and horses, plus looking after pets of friends and family,” she says. 

“Large or small, fur or fins, I always treat any animal with respect and kindness.”