THROOP | Bonnie Ford has had family pets her whole life. Now, the motto of her business is to treat her clients' pets like her own.

Ford is the owner and operator of Paws n' Purrs Pet Care on Turnpike Road in Throop. Opened in 2013, the facility is dedicated to sheltering and taking care of dogs and cats while their owners are away.

The local has always loved pets, so when the opportunity came to open her own care center, she seized it. For Ford, it's a dream come true.

"I've always loved animals," she said. "When you love them, you just want to protect them."

It was in 2012 when the Throop native discovered what would eventually become Paws 'n Purrs. The property, which was already fashioned into a kennel and grooming site, was operated by owners eager to sell.