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Hi! I'm Vanessa, the President /CEO of Zoo Sitters! As a former zoo keeper, my passion for the care of animals runs deep. Chosen as the 2012 Pet Sitter of the Year by Pet Sitters International, I will always take the care of your pets very seriously.  I look forward to getting to know you and your pets to ensure you both receive the best experience possible when working my crew and me. I have my BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior, have earned my Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting through Pet Sitters International and The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters  and am a certified Instructor of Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech. I personally train each and every one of my employees and pride myself on continuing their pet care education as their time with us grows. Additionally, my years as a corporate manager have helped me understand the importance of customer service, quick responsiveness and reliability. I specialize in geriatric pet care, pets that have behavioral complexities and custom sits such as large farms and exotics but am more than happy to take care of well-behaved dogs and kitties as well! Through Pet Sitters International, I teach classes on professional pet sitting to business owners around the country.  I also provide consulting services to pet sitters looking for help in reaching their business goals while promoting professional pet sitting. I currently have two rescue Pit Bulls and rescue cats! As a Zoo Sitters client, you can always feel comfortable reaching out to me directly any time you need. I am always available to answer any questions, address any concerns, or simply to help you with pet care and behavioral tips. I look forward to having you as part of our family!

 
Hello, I'm Betty. I came on board as a Cape May County Field Manager for Zoo Sitters in 2007 after a lifetime in Corporate America. I have always felt a connection with animals and have shared my home with hunting and show dogs but my specialty and passion lies specifically with cats and birds. The crew calls me the Cat Whisperer! I received my pet first aid training through the American Red Cross in 2008 and in 2010 was first trained in pet first aid and CPR through Pet Tech. I've attended numerousPet Sitters Internationals conferences where I take continuing education classes in cat care, bird care, pet nutrition and geriatric pet care. I have also furthered my pet care education by taking additional seminars in pet nutrition, have extensive training in cat behavior as well as parrot care. I have attended the Pet Industry's trade show as well to keep up to date on the latest products for my clients. In 2016, I became Zoo Sitters Marketing Director, responsible for all marketing efforts in both Atlantic and Cape May Counties. I still pet sit for my cat clients in Cape May County as well.


My name is 
Caitlin and I joined the Zoo Sitters team in 2016. I have lived in New Jersey all my life and now reside in Ocean City. I grew up with animals and loved every second of it!  I have cared for so many types of animals throughout my life, including: hermit crabs, fish, geckos, guinea pigs, parakeets, rabbits, cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, goats, pigs, horses, cows, and more! I grew up in a family that always viewed caring for animals as a part of life. We were constantly rescuing stray cats that were abandoned, getting them spayed/ neutered, and making sure they had their shots. Most of them could live outdoors, as we lived in a farmhouse off the beaten path, with no traffic.  As a young girl, I volunteered at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, NJ called Common Sense for Animals. I also helped raise money, along with food and item donations for the animals at the shelter as a project for my Silver Award in Girl Scouts. I have worked at two dog kennels/ dog daycare facilities, as an assistant dog trainer and overall caretaker. I spent most of my time on horse farms as a girl, riding horses and taking care of them. I rescued a foal at the age of nine and with the help of my mom, raised him to be a wonderful horse. When he was old enough to ride, I trained him and showed in hunter-jumper, and then in dressage and eventing. Animals are an essential part of my life and I consider them "friends" and "family members" rather than just pets. Outside of my animal life, I work a corporate job for a large company, so I understand the importance of outstanding customer service! I am excited to meet you and your furry (or feathered) friends and to put your mind at ease that they will be well cared for while you are away! 


 
Hi,  I’m Helen and I joined the Zoo Sitters Crew in 2015. With over 40 years of pet care experience, I promise to treat your pet family with the same love and care as I treat my own “kids”. Raised in Ocean City, I now reside in Clermont with my husband, our 3 cats, 4 ferrets, a gecko and one “opinionated” parakeet. I’m trained in Pet First Aid & CPR and am passionate about emergency disaster preparedness. My family personally assisted with Hurricane Andrew and Super Storm Sandy rescues. My home has always been a refuge for forgotten pets. I've had field trained Labradors, litters of kittens, wayward pigeons and rabbits. Our three (human) children have grown up with ducks in our bathtubs, turtles in the living room and ferrets playing in the bedrooms. I have extensive experience with the special needs of ferrets, land & aquatic turtles, domestic & feral cats and of course, large dogs. My second love, well third if you count my husband, is creating mixed media art at my RRCA Art Studio in Millville, NJ. “Painted Lady Studio” has been around almost as long as my love for wildlife and pets. I'm looking forward to taking care of all your pet sitting needs. 

 

Hi, I’m Jen and I became a part of the Zoo Sitters team in 2016. I have been an animal lover since birth and truly love meeting new animals each and every day. As a toddler, I had two ducks Dan & Dolly. I would waddle around with them in the yard all day long. I’ve grown up with guinea pigs, saltwater and freshwater fish, guinea hens, ferrets, turtles, cats and of course my true love, dogs. Running my own homestead and rescuing farm animals is number one on my bucket list. I love being outdoors and enjoy the happy and joyful vibe animals give off while they’re soaking in the sun rays and fresh air. I live in Linwood, but grew up in Brigantine where I was lucky enough to roll around in the sand and jump through the waves with my dogs. I am trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech and I am a certified Holistic Nutritionist. I believe that our pets can benefit from all-natural nutrition just as we do. Working with animals has always been a dream of mine and I am excited and grateful to be able to meet and care for your pet.

 

 

Hi, I'm Joel.  I came on board with Zoo Sitters as a part-time Pet Sitter in 2011 while retaining my Corporate job as an Oracle Senior Analyst. I have grown up surrounded by pets and can't imagine not caring for those in need. My youth was spent on a farm giving trail rides and taking care of my family's horses, ferrets, dogs, cats, parrots, fish, frogs and ducks! I've been a vegetarian for over 20 year and have a strong passion for animal rescue. While I maintain my training in Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech, I also assist in training the class with Vanessa. While I still do part time pet sitting, I'm also the Zoo Sitter's Office Manager. I help keep the day to day operations of Zoo Sitters running smoothly. It's my job to make sure we stay up to date with the latest pet sitting technology and I handle the Zoo Sitters email inbox on a part time basis. You may be getting emails from me and I look forward to providing you with top-notch customer service.

 

 

Hi, I'm Kathryn! I'm originally from Mickleton, NJ, where my love for animals began! Growing up, we always had pets, including a basset hound, cats, birds, fish, and rabbits. I moved to North Cape May in 2015 where I now live with my husband, two stepdaughters, and our lab mix Abby! My previous animal experience includes volunteering with cats at a Petco store through the Camden County Animal Shelter. I worked adoption hours where we met with prospective adopters, along with taking care of the kittens and cats staying at Petco. My hectic schedule at the time (I worked at CBS News in NYC and commuted from South Jersey) took me away from volunteering, but now that I live in Cape May County full time, I wanted to continue working with animals in my free time. My current full time job is in advertising with a local paper. My dog Abby is my reason for wanting to work with animals. I know how much I treasure her, and I would only leave her in the best care possible, so I would like to provide that for others! I look forward to working with you!

 

My name is Kimberly and I live in Wildwood Crest.  I moved here in 2007 from Manassas, Virginia with my husband and our 2 cats and fish. As a child, our home always had some kind of “fur running around” as my mother likes to say.  Most days consisted of waking up with a kitty fast asleep in my bed, taking the dogs for a walk, and calming down a squawking green amazon parrot until I shared with him whatever I was eating at the time.  I was born and raised in Conshohocken, PA where I had the challenge of walking our 3 dogs up and down steep hills through all kinds of weather. I loved every minute of it! I also have a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and work in the Clinical Laboratory at Cape Regional Medical Center. I am a volunteer with Friends of Cape May Wildlife Refuge and I participate in various charity walks.  When I am not working or volunteering, you can usually find me walking the beach, riding my bike, or gardening. I came on board with Zoo Sitters in 2013 and I am excited to be able to bring to you my love of dog walking and pet sitting.  I've had extensive training in loose leash dog walking techniques and pack management as well as my training in pet first aid and CPR through Pet Tech.

 

Hi, my name is Lauren and I joined the amazing Zoo Sitters crew in 2016. I grew up in Ventnor and have always had a passion for animals. From long walks on the beach, playing ball, car rides, and cuddling, I cannot imagine growing up without a dog. I was also fortunate to grow up having a Cockatiel, fish, hermit crabs, hamsters, and a mouse my sister caught outside! It's amazing how much love and joy animals bring into our lives. I currently works at Atlanticare but have really felt the need to be more involved with animals which brought me to Zoo Sitters. I have three dogs and would love to be able to rescue animals and donate as much time possible trying to help ones in need. I am also trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech. I feel all animals deserve to be treated with love and I'm looking forward to the amazing opportunity of caring for your pets!

 

My name is Michele  and I came on board as a Zoo Sitter in 2010. Growing up with dogs and a ferret, I was touched by the plight of abused and neglected animals. I signed petitions and donated money but knew I had to do more. It was then that I adopted a Pit Bull Mix named Diamond who was scheduled to be euthanized due to her aggressive behavior. It wasn't long before she became a loving pet. In 2008, working with Animal Alliance, I established a TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) colony of 19 kitties who were living on my condo property. I have been providing these kitties with daily care and monitoring ever since. As my passion for animals grew and my work in other industries became seemingly unimportant, I knew I had to seek out work with animals and came on board as a Zoo Sitter! I received my first training in Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech in 2010 and continue to be re-trained to keep my certificate valid. I currently live in Cape May Court House and have taken steps to further my pet care knowledge by taking seminars in pet nutrition, tips on hiking and walking with your dog, and cat behavior.  When I'm not working with animals, I do companion care for the elderly.

 

 
My name is Natasha.  My love for animals became clear when I brought home a stray cat off the streets of Philadelphia at the age of 6.  While I'm a Philadelphia native, at 14 I moved to the Pine Barrens and greatly missed the bright lights of the city. In high school, however, I was introduced to farm life and caring for livestock and I fell in love. I now reside in Sicklerville so I only handle clients in Hammonton. I live with my boyfriend and our dogs, Hank and Dakota on a large farm. I was a certified Pharmacy Technician and have studied culinary arts  but found my passion as a caregiver and took a position as a home health aide, helping the eldery. My compassion has no bounds! I also work at Feathered Hoof Farm with Friesian horses, kangaroos, a crane, multiple breeds of ducks, pheasants, peacocks, deer, chickens, and guinea hens. I'm also a nanny to three small children. As a Zoo Sitter since 2016, my passion for animal care has continued to grow. I've been able to further my animal education and would love to meet your domestic or farm family.

 

Hi, my name is Patty and I have lived in South Jersey all of my life,  in Buena for 18 years.  After working for more than 20 years in condo management, I wanted to turn my focus on helping animals and their owners, which led me to coming on board with Zoo Sitters in 2016 as a Field Manager for Atlantic County. From turtles, snakes, lizards, fish, guinea pigs, birds, cats and dogs, I have spent my life rescuing them all.  I may have already met you if you've visited Petsmart during adoption weekends where I help animals find their forever home. With my first Akita, I completed three years in various dog training methods and we worked with  owners who have deaf dogs on how to use hand signals. I'm also trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through Pet Tech.  I love walking dogs and find it to be an excellent way to relieve stress and enjoy the one on one connection you have with the animal.  I live my life trying to meet my dogs expectations of me and start each day asking for the strength to be half the person my dog believes I am!  I've stopped counting the number of cats I've had during my life. I don't consider myself the crazy cat lady, although some may disagree.  Every animal I have met has taught me something special. I look forward to getting to know your pet and seeing what they can teach me next. I am excited to share my passion for pets with you.