Jetta has been a part of Paradise since 1998. Most days you will find her caring for guests as she always has, accompanied by her two mini Australian Sheppards, Paisley and Addie, however, this barely scratches the surface of all that she does to keep Paradise running. Her hard work and dedication to our customers and the family that started it all, accredits her success. She leads by example, with a strong belief that every pet should be treated as our own, and every customer should be treated like family.
Jenn is our last chance groomer. With her years of experience, nerves of steel, and the patients of a saint she can groom dogs no one else can. She joined the staff at Paradise in 1998 and had the pleasure of perfecting her skills while working under Richard Lord, our founder. Jenn doesn't just have a passion for dogs, she has a love for all animals and has owned a range stretching from horses to reptiles and so much between. In Jenn's spare time you can find her hanging out with her 6 pups, flexing her culinary muscles for her husband, or out in search of the best restaurants in Augusta.
Ashley became a partof the Paradise Team in June 2020. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA but this military brat has been all over. She loves being a groomer and enjoys getting to know all their personalities, earning their trust and getting all their sugars! If this tender soal is funny, generous, and patient and if she had a super power it would be to heal. She desires to get involved in the rescuue community and foster and transport. In her down time she enjoysu hanging out with her dogs, Furiosa the pitbull and Gizmo the jack russel. She also enjoys healthy cooking and gardening. Fun fact about Ashley she knows how to crochet and knit.
When she isn't kicking back at home reading science journals and articles with her cat Moonlight and her pups Rooster and Sadie, you'll find Avia giving bubble bathes here at Paradise. Although she has a hearing deficit, she didn't let that stop her from pursuing a career working with animals. This unique quality may be the reason Avia bonds and communicates with animals so well. She has been a part of the Paradise crew since October 2019 and hopes to transition to grooming in the future and possibly own her own business one day.
Co-Owner & Cremation Director
Donovan is both passionate and caring. His education in machining and prior experience landscape maintenance gives him a variety of tools that keep things running here at Paradise. Originally from South Africa, Donovan moved to Augusta, GA at the age of 13. With his great love for animals, his soft spot for rescue dogs, and compassion for others, Ashton could not resist. Married in 2015, this dynamic duo continues to strive for the success of this long-time family owned business.
Reception and Marketing Coordinator
Heather is a native of Augusta and worked at Paradise Kennels 2007 as a Kennel Tech. She has had many jobs since and moved from Augusta in 2012. She returned to the area and to Paradise in August 2019. Her position may have changed since the last time she worked here, but her love for the environment and the staff hasn't. She has two 4 legged children of her own, Sadie and Baxter. Anytime that Heather isn't working and the temperature is warm, she is trying to be outside. She loves the adventure of being in the woods and connecting with nature and travels and hikes as much as possible.
Kaitlyn is an Augusta native . She describes herself as comical, unique, and creative. She loves working with animals because they aren't judgmental and they listen better than humans do. We would have to agree with that one! She enjoys working with animals so much she plans to become a vet tech. She has 4 dogs of her own: Jay, Java, Ali, and Bella and a cat named Mr. Wiggles. When she isn't loving on all the kids staying here at Paradise, she enjoys taking her dogs for walks and swimming.
Grooming Manager and Trainer/
Rina is originally from Okinawa, Japan. She moved to Washington State in 2013 and pursued a career in grooming. This groomer, mom, military spouse loves the transformation process of pet grooming and is always excited to create a beautifully clean before and after worthy style. She has flexed her skills in the pet salon and on the go when she was a mobile groomer in California. She moved to Augusta with her family and two pups Marty and Rocky in May 2019 and joined the Paradise team. Most days you can hear her softly singing while she grooms which is no surprise since she enjoys Karaoke and as many dance classes as she can fit into a day.
Viki was born in St. Louis MO, but moved to Georgia when she was 4 so she is pretty much a local. She started working at Paradise in 2002 but has had a deep love for all of God’s creatures her entire life. She currently has dogs and birds but has loved many animals from horses to rabbits. She loves spending time with her pets and getting outside as often as she can to bird watch. With retirement in her not to distance future, she looks forward to the next chapter of her life with excitement and sadness. She will miss all the furry guests at Paradise, but she knows she will always have a passion for animals and they will always be apart of her life.