* American Express Platinum Concierge, available to platinum card members only for no added fee, offers many of the same services. More information at www.americanexpress.com or (800) 345-2639.
There are scores of such services available in Southern California. To find one:
* The International Concierge and Errand Assn. offers a "Find a Concierge" search function at www.iceaweb.org. Use your local city or California as a search term.
* The National Concierge Assn. can locate a helper. E-mail info@ nationalconciergeassociation .com.
* Many personal concierges belong to the National Assn. of Professional Pet Sitters. There's a locater function on the group's website. Go to www.petsitters.org and click on "For Pet Owners."
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