With a love for the senior community and a passion for dogs, Paws and Paws Paws is literally a dream come true. I was terrified of dogs until my family adopted a cockapoo named Buffy when I was 4. Hesitant at first, and maybe for quite a few months, Buffy and I eventually became the best of friends. And that we were for 18 years. He opened my eyes and mainly my heart to a love I cannot live without. Fast forward to today. I have my own two rescues, Tchoupitoulas and Paws who is reminded daily why I love dogs!
My love for the senior community has always existed but it's certainly grown over the years. My work history mainly consists of healthcare professions - assisted living, home care, Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Their innocence is remarkable but their need is great.
Combining the two is the most rewarding career I can imagine. I believe all of our lives - the dogs, the senior community and my own- will truly benefit from Paws and Paw Paws and the programs we offer.
Completed Level 1 Training from the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center which is the dedicated learning center for pet care facility owners, managers and staff deliver the highest quality of pet care.
Top sales producer in 2013, 2014 and 2015 producing over $3 million in revenue for a local retail company while managing a client database of over 2000 contacts
From 2009 to 2011, I grew a locally owned health care business over 30% while managing the functionality of the Lafayette office overseeing staffing, billing, invoicing, marketing and sales efforts, and client and caregiver satisfaction
Worked in a corporate marketing department for a publicly traded multi-billion dollar company and assisted the executive team as well as national sales leaders by producing weekly and quarterly sales reports, marketing pieces, training programs and press releases
Owner, Operations Manager
Owner, Operations Manager
Facilities Manager, Paws and Paw Paws
Ariel Stelly accepted a part time position on the Paws and Paw Paws team in 2017, and has worked her way up eventually being promoted to Facilities Manager in 2021. She has cross-trained in many positions and is an invaluable asset to the success of Paws and Paw Paws.
Ariel is a 2021 graduate from the University of Louisiana in Biology. Her passion is caring for animals and creating a fun, safe environment for the dogs we care for at Paws.
Ariel is a dog mom to two rescues, Shuggy and Rosie. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, taking them on adventures around town and spoiling them rotten.
Paige Trahan is a 2020 graduate from the University of Louisiana, and is currently pursuing her MBA. She's the dog mom of two rescue dogs, Oakley and Tucker. She joined the Paws team in 2020, and returned as the manager of our MidCity location in 2022.
During her college career, she was a member of the UL orchestra and spent three years of her undergrad in the wind ensemble and marching band. She was also a student worker for the Athletic Department working alongside the UL Ragin Cajun Football Team. It was during her time working with the football team she discovered her passion for helping others.
In her words, she loves being able to interact with clients, getting to know their dogs personally and caring for them. Her favorite experience is watching clients' faces light up when they hear about how their dog's day was spent in daycare, and knowing their dog is truly loved and cared for at Paws.