Who We Are

We are K.Y.P.S.A.H — an established dog boarding, family-run company since 2004.  Our name K.Y.P.S.A.H. (kip-sah) says it all and simply stands for “Keeping Your Pet Safe and Happy!”

KYPSAH was founded in February 2004, in Truckee, California (later relocating to Woodland, California in 2008) with the mission to give pet owners the priceless peace of mind knowing that their fur-kids were well-loved and cared for in their absence.  How we accomplished that then, and how we still accomplish it now, is by sending regular updates to pet owners on how their fur-kids are doing.

Back in 2004 (before technology is what it is today), we created web pages for each animal in our care so that owners could read how their pets were doing, as well as, see them in action by way of pictures we would post in the updates. Fast-forward to today, pictures and videos are placed on our social media sites and pet owners are personally sent pictures and videos through text messages.

There is no greater testimony than a happy, furry face in pictures and videos!

In Truckee and Woodland, we serviced both cats and dogs, offering a variety of services from In-Home Visits (visits to animals in their homes) to Dog Boarding (boarding dogs in our home — a few fur-kids even lived out of state, but their owners would travel to us just to board their pups with us — an incredible honor!).  However, it was around 2012 that we had to discontinue the service In-Home Visits because requests for our dog daycare and boarding services were dominating our resources.  A very tough decision.

As of August 2022, KYPSAH is now in Edmore, Michigan!  Same family.  Same values.  Just on a bigger piece of property!

A little bit about who we are as the humans behind the scenes in the goofy pictures and videos of these happy fur-kids…  Jessica (“Jessie”) Riggs is the owner and founder of KYPSAH, but she, and her family, have worked together to provide an exceptional second home for the dogs they have had the privilege of taking care of.

Jessie has a God-given knack for understanding pets and their needs, as well as, being able to relate and empathize with their human family members. She is genuinely charismatic and puts nothing but her entire heart and soul into KYPSAH.  And, so has Roger, Jordan, and Larry.

The family have also been involved in wolf rescue for several years, and are particularly gifted at balancing out recently rescued dogs who suffer with Separation Anxiety and trust issues.

Jessie’s entire family participates, in various ways, in the servicing of all the pets that come into KYPSAH’s care because the dogs that come stay with us, live with us and become part of our family while they’re with us–all human family members help take care of them.  Hence, for all services across-the-board, KYPSAH is, and has been known to be, synonymous with family and love. So much so, our clients get their dog boarding reservations made way in advance, especially around the Holidays.

Our Mission

We, at KYPSAH, pride ourselves on always striving to provide humans, and their pets alike, with nothing short of 100% peace of mind and customer satisfaction!

We always strive at giving the fur-kids in our charge, the best experience possible with us. Our job is to create a safe, loving, second home for them so that all the love that you pour into your fur-kids, continues through us.

With your fur-kids safe and happy, you can sit back and take care of YOU…whether that’s relaxing during a much-needed vacation or just being able to focus at work! We’re here to love and nurture fur-kids while–at the same time–helping to make life easier for our clients.

We thank you for the privilege of caring for your fur-kids! Please see our reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, and Facebook and let us know if you have any questions.

Just a taste of what using a professional pet sitter can give you is as follows:

* Flexibility
* Bonded and Insured
* Uncompromising Service
* Cost-effective
* 5-Star Service
* Pack Structure and Training
* Pack Leadership 24/7


[highlight color=”#096abf” bg_color=””]Our motto, and what we strive for, is treating every pet like a star because that is exactly what they are: A star in your life…blessing you with unconditional love and support.[/highlight]