Our story

Kathy Kuebler, MHS, founder and owner of Paws Forever, brings experience, compassion, and a special gift of empathy to her work with pets and the humans who love and are loved by them. Kathy is certified in pet loss and grief companioning through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance. She's made it her life's work to safeguard the final journey of our pets, to extend her gift for comfort and guidance to humans who experience this loss. With degrees from Saint Louis University and Washington University, Kathy's been part of the St. Louis community all her life.

The pain of losing her own dearly beloved Golden Retrievers, Sam, Alex and Sophie, started Kathy on this path nearly 20 years ago. "Sam, Alex and Sophie were my family," she explains. "They did so much to enhance my life, and at the end of their lives I wanted them treated like the special beings they were." Kathy also lost KC, her beloved partner in Paws Forever, in 2017. She now has the stalwart Bentley by her side. 

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Kathy & KC; photo blueShadow Photography

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Bentley; photo Bentley Studio Ltd. 

"Kathy is a beautiful soul making a compassionate difference in people's lives."

                             -Angie W-H. 

Kathy already had a long history of community volunteerism, especially for animal causes, including Dirk's Fund Golden Retriever & Large Breed Rescue, the Humane Society of Missouri, and having served as a board member for Five Acres Animal Shelter and Hope Mending Hearts. 

The one word Kathy always uses when she speaks of taking an animal into her care is honored; she feels honored to have been chosen to carry out this final crucial service for the pets in her care. 

"Personal service, choices, and the utmost dignified care possible for pets and pet parents -- that's what I offer my clients every day," Kathy says. "I care for all pets as if they were my own, from the time they come into my care until we bring your pet back home to you."