About Thrive Pet Care


Thrive Pet Care Services was started by Cheryl Welch (left) in 2014. She started the business because otherwise she would be the crazy lady with too many pets at her house. The business quickly grew, and some weeks Cheryl found herself walking as many as 40 miles.

To spread the abundance, Cheryl asked her friend Kira Ruvo if she wants to help. And a perfect partnership was formed three years ago. Kira and Cheryl could accommodate more clients working together, and it’s always a joy to be outdoors with a furry pal or two, or three or four…

As of September, 2021, Cheryl moved out of the area. Kira has taken over the business, and continues to provide the same service with a smile. Few things in life are as wonderful as the appreciation the dogs give after a good walk, or the snuggles of a cat after some playtime.

A little background about Kira is that she was born in the year of the dog, and maybe that’s why she understands their needs so well. Ever since she was a child, she wanted a dog. But living on the ninth floor in a city made that impossible. It wasn’t until Kira finished high school that her parents got their first dog named Josh. Though Kira started college and moved out on her own, she returned home every night at 6 PM to walk Josh. And it’s this kind of loyalty that keeps her visiting your pets today.

At Thrive, being with different dogs helps Kira fulfill a childhood longing for dog companionship. When away from Thrive, Kira works as a graphic designer. She is a swimmer, a dancer, a beach comber and a mother to two amazing kids. She has been known to walk her cats on a leash daily to ensure they don’t get eaten by mountain lions.


Hello, my name is Annie. I’m the girl who slept with the AKC book under her pillow every night.  I wanted to have every one.

This is how my devotion w/animals evolved and it extended to horses, and all farm animals,  thus the books increased as did the animals.

My family never had less than 4 dogs,  and, since I was blessed to be raised on a farm,  there was a myriad of animals and livestock nurtured by us.

Not much changed over the years,  except moving to SC last year, and after studying all the dog walkers in town,  I found Thrive Pet Care to be the most caring and, gratefully, Cheryl invited me to join her Team.

20151223_164927Hello, my name is Mary.  I have been surrounded by animals my entire life. I grew up out in the country in North Carolina surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, birds, hamsters and even some pet mice. It just made sense for me to create a career working with animals.  I am a 2005 graduate of a Veterinary Medical Technology program and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in North Carolina that same year. I began my career in specialty medicine and entered general practice so I could have more time with my sister and my growing nieces. After moving to California, I was able to get back into specialty medicine and these days I also enjoy my studies of Chinese Medicine. I have to chihuahua mixes, and they have brought much life to our home. I also have a cat.