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Seneca groomer celebrates 15 years in business

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Friends, family, clients, and groomers at Four Paws Only came together Saturday night to honor small business owner Allison Hawk-Moore on the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Seneca grooming salon.

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Four Paws Only is located near downtown Seneca, and provides full-service grooming and boarding for dogs and cats.

Hawk-Moore attributes hard work, great groomers, and great clients to the success of Four Paws in an era where between 50 and 75 percent of small businesses fail within the first two years.

Groomers Kristine Fortin and Leah Stavish have both been with Four Paws Only for many years. Fortin has worked with the group for five years; Stavish has worked with Four Paws four years.

The testimonials on the Four Paws Only Facebook page provide more clues as to the success of the business. Client Nancy Cumbee posted the following:

I remember Allison from several years before she opened her own business. I took our little Mimi to her to be groomed. Allison was just a kid. That must have been almost 20 years ago. I'm so pleased that I got to know Allison and YOU. I love you both and am proud of you both. I know I never have to worry about Precious when she is at 4 Paws (unless Allison decides to put a racing stripe on her----lol). I appreciate you all at 4 Paws.

It was Kristine Fortin's idea to commemorate the 15th anniversary as a surprise party. Several dozen people joined in the celebration to celebrate not only the business but it’s contributions to Oconee County and the animals who live here.

In addition to the grooming and boarding services, Hawk-Moore and her staff are active with animal rescue in the Oconee County area. Hawk-Moore serves on the Board of Directors of the Oconee Humane Society, and was one of the primary organizers for last year’s Howl-o-ween on the Green Celebration to benefit the Humane Society.

In addition to the grooming and boarding services, Hawk-Moore and her staff are active with animal rescue in the Oconee County area. Hawk-Moore has served on the Board of Directors of the Oconee Humane Society, and was one of the primary organizers for last year’s Howl-o-ween on the Green Celebration to benefit the Humane Society.

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