Our Story

Humble Beginnings

Founded in 2000 by Grace Steckler, Saving Grace Services began with just a pair of sneakers, a leash and a lot of determination. After 12 years as a Sister of Christian Charity, Grace was moved to serve her community in a different way. When contemplating life after the Order, she wanted to work outdoors, connect directly to the people she served, and…well…she never wanted to wear nylons again!

She took her love for animals to the street and single-handedly provided responsible and loving pet care services to hundreds of busy Capitol Hill residents. (With some assistance from her husband David) She was so dedicated that, 5 years later, she walked 11 dogs on the day she went into labor with her first child! Her clients loved her right back and provided the kind of word of mouth referrals and endorsements that led to steady and effortless growth.

Today, Saving Grace Services enjoys 5-star ratings across Capitol Hill and beyond, employing 5 managers and as many as 50 fully vetted walkers, pet sitters, and boarding providers. Our expansion has been so successful, we now have franchises in the NoMa and Hill East neighborhoods, with plans to grow throughout the National Capitol region.


We provide services that make it easier for people to manage their busy lives. Our goal is to help our clients enjoy happier pets, less stressful living and more free time.


Our company’s main objectives are to serve, to teach, and to grow:

To serve – We provide peace of mind through the most professional and highest quality pet care services possible.

To teach – We want other new business owners to enjoy the same level of success and lifestyle freedom that we enjoy, so we share our success with others by teaching our highly acclaimed business model  to our staff and franchisees.

To grow – We build on our current success by expanding Saving Grace Services International, LLC, into prosperous markets beyond Washington, D.C., reaching larger and more diverse consumer groups.

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