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“I was getting ready to start a new job and needed a person where I knew my dog would be taken care of.  I googled dog walkers and Laura’s Critter Care, LLC came up and I called.  Laura responded very quickly.  I explained what I needed and we set up an appointment.  I immediately felt comfortable with Laura and my dog liked her too.  I set Laura up to come to my house once a day to feed her as needed, give her meds as needed and to walk her.  She was always on time and did an amazing job.  She even sent pictures and text messages which I appreciated very much.  I could not go to work every day without Laura’s services.  She is wonderful!” ~Laura Francese, Professional Archer and Bow Hunter, spokesmodel for Strother Archery,  Retired NFL Buffalo Bills Cheerleader, Star of ESPN2’s mini series Redfield RedZone and previous CW23 Star on Winging It! Buffalo Style Television Show

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Our Team

A  few words to describe Laura Critter Care, LLC  pet sitters, dog walkers and house sitters are professional, experienced, dedicated, patient, mature, responsible and reliable… all the things you want in someone providing care for your critters, fur kids and your home.

Laura’s Critter Care, LLC sitters have a sincere desire to work with animals as a long-term career and are committed to continuing their education in the pet care industry. They are experienced in the pet care industry through paid and/or volunteer work and many of our caretakers are veterinarian trained and proficient in geriatric care as well as diabetes management. We are also trained in administering subcutaneous fluids. Some own their own animal behavior, pet care and training businesses. We also have many vet techs on the team.

You, the client, are able to meet with them directly and instruct them directly as to exactly what you need and want provided to your pet/s.  Laura’s professional sitters work as Independent Contractors.  Independent contractors (ICs)  bring specialized expertise to the job.  They come on board already experienced and trained and receive top pay,  therefore Laura has the top talent in the industry.  They value their reputations because most are well known within the pet industry.

Some of our over 1,800 clients consist of Professional athletes (NFL, NHL, Triple-A Baseball etc), Dentists, Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses, Residents, Veterinarians, Attorneys, Authors, FBI, Law Enforcement, Professors, Teachers, Television Personalities, News Personnel and Executives.

Laura’s Critter Care, LLC and it’s independent contractors are bonded and insured through Business Insurers of the Carolina’s and is a PSI certified company.  Laura personally recruits, interviews, verifies references and performs a background check on all professional pet sitters, dog walkers and house sitters so you don’t have to!  Laura’s sitters are also PetSaver or Pet First Aide certified.

Laura’s Critter Care, LLC is veterinary recommended by several Western New York veterinary locations.

 

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The Management Team

Laura Stauffiger,  Owner

Hi I’m Laura Stauffiger! I own and operate Laura’s Critter Care, LLC in Amherst, New York. Thank you for visiting my site. I understand that your home and pets are your most valuable possessions. I am a dedicated animal lover, life-long pet owner and an experienced animal care provider. I started sitting for pets while in High School and College to earn extra money.

I spent 20 years in the corporate world as a Regional Manager and Executive Recruiter in the employment services industry. I oversaw sales and operations for up to 6 different locations, managing anywhere from 10-50 internal employees as well as upwards of 400-1,000 temporary employees at any given time. I also recruited and placed executives within some of the countries top companies. I decided to follow my dreams and work with animals. So I retired from the corporate world and started Laura’s Critter Care, LLC in 2009.

I care for all types of pets, not just dogs and cats. Some of my clients have included goats, birds, salt water and fresh fish, ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, rabbits, reptiles, other small animals, and poultry. No matter what type of pet you have, I can sit for you!

My husband and I reside in Snyder and also share our home with 2 cats, 3 dogs (3 pugs and a pug/boxer mix), 1 Bearded Dragon, a Dumeril Snake, 2 Gold Fish, 1 Betta Fish, 2 Lineolated Parakeets  and an African Grey Parrot. We have previously owned other breeds of birds, fish, rodents, a Burmese snake and a boa snake. Most of our pets have been rescued.

I am a member of Pet Sitters International and National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. PSI and NAPPS both provide valuable resources for the professional pet sitter, as well as continuing education opportunities. I am also college educated and have attended classes on dog training, pet care and animal health through Medaille College and UB’s Mini Vet School and I am PetSaver certified through PetTech.

In August 2010 I was asked by WGRZ.com Channel 2 news to be one of their Community Content Providers for their pet sections of several towns in Erie County.

I have been the personal pet sitter and dog walker for clients such as Jerry Hughes, Defensive End of the Buffalo Bills, Ramon Humber, Linebacker of the Buffalo Bills, Brandon Spikes, former Linebacker of the Buffalo Bills, EJ Manuel, former Quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, Christian Gaddis, former Center of the Buffalo Bills, Adam Benigni, Sports Director/Anchor for @WGRZ (NBC) Buffalo, and Maria Genero, Meteorologist for Daybreak and is co-host of The Healthy Zone on Channel 2 @ WGRZ (NBC) Buffalo.

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13342940_1197664233610995_6204038695446822871_nKristin Kegler, Assistant Client Care Manager

Kristin brings past management experience from both teaching and as Operations Manager of a dog day care facility in Buffalo. These previous positions that she has held required a lot of client relationship work, marketing, and problem solving. Kristin also has a Masters in Creativity, which is rooted in Creative Leadership and Creative Problem Solving.

Kristin assists Laura with the day-to-day operations of the business.

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Katelyn Daly, Assistant Client Care Manager

Katelyn has a background in management and many years of customer service in various areas. She is excited to bring her skills and her passion for animals to a position that ensures that your furry family members are happy and healthy.

 

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Lisa Giangreco, Bookkeeper

Lisa maintains records of all financial transactions of the company and supports the management of the office.

 

 

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Our Professional Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers

 

 

LaurenLauren Gerber, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Lauren has been a lifelong animal lover and pet sitter for friends, co-workers and family and makes her home in Cheektowaga, along with what she calls the “Duke Clan”. The Duke Clan consists of her two cats, Bo & Luke and her border collie/lab mix dog named Daisy. All three animals were adopted through Buffalo Paws and Claws.

Lauren had a diabetic cat that with consistent care lived a happy and healthy life for 14 years.  She is very comfortable with giving insulin injections and knows how important this is for the longevity of the animal.

Years ago Lauren had the pleasure of being the nanny for Jim and Jill Kelly and helped take care of Hunter their son with Krabbe disease.  It was during this time that she also became involved in Hunters Hope. After spending 14 years in customer service, she realized it was time to answer to her true calling of working with animals.

Lauren volunteers for the Ten Lives Club and has successfully trained her own dog off leash. She is a natural with animals.  She truly believes that our pets give us more than we could ever possibly give them.

Her goal is to treat your pet and home like it is her own and to give you the peace of mind you need when you leave them is someone else’s care.

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Jennifer Gibson,  A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter

Jennifer is a native of the South towns and is a life-long pet owner and animal lover.

Throughout the years, Jennifer has been a pet sitter for family, neighbors and friends. She has cared for the big and the small, the finned, the flying, and the ones with fur. She finds great satisfaction in bonding with animals and caring for them. She currently has a cat of her own, a beautiful, sweet cat named Cinders.

Jennifer has experience working with horses, having taken English riding lessons as a girl and riding as a member of the Equestrian team in college.

Jennifer has a long retail career in management, having worked for companies such as JCrew, Gap, and Banana Republic.  She is also an artist known for her watercolor paintings and photography, having exhibited at shows throughout the WNY area, including the Allentown, Roycroft, and Quaker Arts festivals.

Jennifer is pleased to have worked with Laura for over 6 years now, and finds it a true privilege to care for your beloved pets.

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Dennee, BeccaBecca Dennee Herzog, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Becca is a graduate of Houghton College with a psychology degree and  is a resident of Cheektowaga. She has been a dog owner her whole life and currently has a dog and a ferret.

Becca is the owner of her own training and boarding company. Her business is  called Train Your Buddy. Previously Becca worked at K9 Kids Club and Fetch n’ Catch and oversaw day care and boarding of dogs and was involved in their training program and worked 5 years for Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center as a trainer and oversaw dog day care and play groups. She has over the years been a  pet sitter for friends, co-workers and family. She has experience with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and exotics.

Becca also volunteers for Purrfect Paws fostering ferrets, cats and rats. She is also natural with all animals and also has a lot of medical experience in regards to pets and her fosters. She loves to work with pets to give them the care they deserve, as well as giving the owner the satisfaction and reassurance that their pets are in good hands.

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Downing, MarissaMarissa Downing, AM/PM and Weekend Sitter

Marissa graduated with her degree in Graphic Design, but her background is in the Human Services field. She has assisted and cared for adults and children with developmental disabilities for 15 years. Several of those years as a Group Home Manager.

Marissa has a love and passion for care-giving and is lifelong animal lover.  She has had a cat named Mittens, 2 Maltese named Spunky and Buddy and 3 parakeets. Marissa is a frequent visitor at the Erie county SPCA.

Marissa currently resides in Clarence with her husband, Jason and 4 children.

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Vizine, DebDeb Vizine ,  A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Deb worked as the Grants Manager of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council for 37 years. She retired in 2010 and decided that with her love of animals she wanted to do something with her retirement working with pets. She has never wanted to kennel her pets and as Laura’s Critter Care, LLC does only  home care she decided she would also love to work with Laura and help to care for people’s pets and love them as her own.

Deb currently owns 5 pugs. She is involved in pet rescue with the Green Mountain Pug Rescue transporting pugs in need to the rescue. She attends their Pug Social fund raiser each year in Vermont. She and her husband have also watched dogs in their home for friends and people they have met throughout the years with the Buffalo Pug meetup group where she was the Organizer for several years.

Deb has taken courses to learn more about animal health and care having completed the American Red Cross Dog and First Aid Course in 2008 the Mini Vet course offered at SUNYAB in 2010.

Other pets Deb has owned have been a Goffin Cockatoo and a Nanday Conure. She is very familiar with the care and maintenance of birds and she has also owned a cat. Deb also has experience in working with elderly pets as her oldest pug Margarita is now 13 and has challenges walking. Deb has a passion for all animals and feel they should be cared and loved like humans!

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Marilyn Wetter , A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Marilyn’s love for all animals will show when she takes care of your pet(s)!

Her passion for animals goes back to her childhood when she got her mom to fall in love with a kitten and it became her first pet.  She wrote an essay about how her three sisters never were allowed a pet but how she changed her mom’s heart – that essay won her cat, Cuddles, a Regional title and a story with photo in the Buffalo News.

Her pet family expanded with turtles (Salt & Pepper) two more cats, (Muffin and Pumpkin), and a lop-eared bunny named Cottontail.  Marilyn adopted her first dog, a Pomeranian, Buffy from the SPCA and her second Pom, Destiny, she rescued from an abusive home.  Destiny was pampered even more after being diagnosed with severe heart problems and Marilyn took her walks in a roomy pet stroller which held her toys, bed and water dish.  Destiny passed in 6/2014.  Marilyn and her family know that a house is not a home without the unconditional love of a pet and she got her first Pom puppy, Kody Bear, Labor Day 2014.  In June 2016 she couldn’t resist rescuing another Pom, Bella Mia, from the Buffalo Animal Shelter. Bella Mia had severe dental disease but Marilyn had that taken care of and now Bella Mia and her big brother Kody Bear are enjoying the good life together being spoiled and loved by Marilyn and her family.  Everyone who knows Marilyn wishes they were her pet!

Marilyn and Kody Bear are volunteers in the SPCA’S Paws for Love Program and Marilyn has also completed Pet Tech training and is Pet Saver certified in Pet CPR and First Aid.

Marilyn has been part of Laura’s Critter Care team since 2013 and now is enjoying her dream job!  Marilyn currently resides in Getzville with her husband and has two sons.

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karinKarin Willick, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Karin is a native of Williamsville and resides with her husband and four daughters.  She has been around pets her entire life and loves all animals big and small.

She attended SUNY Brockport for an undergraduate degree and obtained her Teaching Certification and Master’s Degree in Educational Computing from Buffalo State College.

Karin has spent a lot of time volunteering on committees or in the classroom at her daughters’ schools, co-chairing numerous committees.

Before pet sitting for Laura’s Critter Care she was a substitute teacher at Saints Peter and Paul School in Williamsville.

Karin has been fortunate to be able to pursue hobbies and passions that she enjoys. She is eager and excited to meet and take care of your pets.

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eileenEileen Batchen, A.M./P.M., Weekend and Overnight Sitter

Eileen loves being a professional pet sitter.

Currently she has 2 dogs and 1 cat of her own and has grown up with dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters and birds. Eileen wanted to work with Laura’s Critter Care because she knows what it is like to have to leave her pets at home when she and her husband take trips.  It gives her peace of mind knowing they can stay home and be taken care of by someone she knows and who cares for them as if they were their own. She believes in treating all the animals that she watches like her own.

Eileen is also employed as a Medical Coder in a local hospital, and she volunteers at the local SPCA.  She enjoys getting together with other dogs lovers for social time with her dogs. Eileen looks forward to meeting your pets and taking excellent care of them.
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lisaLisa Giangreco, A.M./P.M. Sitter and  Mid Day Dog Walker

Lisa moved to Buffalo (via Boston/San Fran/Chicago) a few years ago after marrying her husband, Mark, a native Buffalonian.  She and her husband live in North Buffalo with their two rescue cats, Phoenix and Jupiter and are looking to add to their kitty family either by fostering or adoption.

Lisa left her ‘desk job’ in pursuit of work that would fill her heart and soul. She is excited to have more time to work for you and the Laura’s Critter Care Team.  She has always loved animals.  She grew up with Dusty, the sweetest Collie ever.  She rescued her first cat Tigger over ten years ago and her love and respect for animals has just deepened over the years.

She knows what it means to provide dependable, reliable, trustworthy pet and home sitting services,  the kind of service she and her husband look for and appreciate.  She knows that your pets are your babies, your family.   Vacation is that much more relaxing and enjoyable when you know your babies are being loved and cared for by someone like Lisa.

In addition to professional pet sitting, Lisa is also the Bookkeeper for Laura’s Critter Care, LLC

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IMG_1260Alana Ingala, Mid Day Sitter and Dog Walker

Alana was born and raised here in Buffalo NY.  She is a graduate from Canisius College and is excited to be starting a new chapter in her life, part of which is working with Laura.

Alana has owned a Maltese named spunky, and she currently has a cat named onyx (pictured), a lovebird named Paulie, a hamster named Tito and a beta fish.  Alana currently has a new puppy and a bird. She has always had a love for animals and is looking forward to loving and caring for our clients pets as if they’re her own!

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UntitledKrista Lipczynski, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Krista is a graduate of Canisius College where she received her bachelors degree in Management and Marketing. She currently owns a dance studio in Derby, NY fulfilling her passion and currently lives in Hamburg.

Krista has three dogs at home, Lucy, Kloee and Watson!  As an animal lover, one of her favorite things to do is go on long walks with her pups, and take them to the local doggy park. She has over the years been a pet sitter for family, friends and coworkers and can’t wait to meet new pets through Laura’s Critter Care!
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IMG_4397Lita St. James, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Lita St. James grew up in Rochester, New York and has always had an interest and fascination with animals and knew she wanted to make that a bigger part of her life.  She spent the past eight years working with animals as a veterinary technician having studied at Alfred State College for a Veterinary Science Technology degree.

Lita moved to Buffalo a couple of years ago with her wife, three rabbits Hazel, Thlayli, and Blackberry, and Siberian Forest Cat Santi. She loves taking care of cats and dogs, and has a particular affinity for pocket pets.

Although she loves working with animals, Lita has decided to take a different direction from veterinary medicine; she is interested in pursuing feline behavior. Understanding and helping cats is something she finds great importance and passion in.

Lita is excited to be able to have interaction with so many different pets and put her knowledge and experience to good use in addition to helping many owners rest at ease knowing their family members are well taken care of while they are away.

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Christy Heine,  A.M./P.M. Sitter and  Mid Day Dog Walker

Christy grew up in Orchard Park and now lives in Williamsville with her family. She and her husband share their home with their daughter, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 Eclectus parrots. Having a large pet family has given her first-hand experience to how important it is to have a trusted care taker come to your home to care for them.

Christy knew at a young age that her future would include working with animals. She started volunteering at a local vet’s office as early as 8th grade and continued to volunteer in various organizations through high school. After earning her Bachelors in Business Administration, she knew something was still missing and again ventured back towards animal care.

Previously Christy worked at the Erie County SPCA in both kennels and the office. She worked for four years at Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center where her love of dog and cat training flourished. While there, she oversaw daycare and playgroups, assisted with training, and cared for foster animals of all types.

Christy also has experience fostering animals in her own home, to include many with health issues. She has extensive experience with Parrots and is excited to work with all animals.

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Kristin grew up in WNY, graduated from Medaille College with a degree in Veterinary Science and is currently working for Amclare Veterinary Hospital  (18yrs).

Her love is with the animals.  She has always had pets growing up and currently has a cat named Dan the man and  2 black Labradors named Levi and Magnus whom she takes everywhere with her.  She wouldn’t have it any other way as they are her life. When not working, Kristin can be found with her ” boys” down in Alfred, her little cabin in the woods, her oasis, where she enjoys her 2nd passion…bird/wildlife watching. Her other hobbies include anything outdoors..camping, hiking, snowmobiling.

Kristin cant wait to get started taking care of clients pets. She will treat them just like her own pets! (in her case, her kids!)

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image1Christine Biondolillo, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Christina resides in Amherst with her fiancé, son, and 3 step-kids. She is a proud animal lover of Bandit her Dalmatian and Jethro her domestic short-hair cat. She grew up with cats, dogs, & rabbits her whole life.

Christina started out as a client of Laura’s Critter Care and loved how caring the professional pet sitters were to her pets when she was away so she wanted to become part of the team. Even though she works full time in the Insurance Industry,  as a PM sitter with evening and weekend walking appointments she looks forward to caring for your pets.

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AmyAmy Morris, Mid Day Dog Walker and Sitter

Amy is a WNY native and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a BA in business. Growing up, she has always had pets in her life and formed a strong bond with animals from a young age.

Amy now resides in Williamsville with her husband John and two children. Currently Amy has 2 rescued dogs (Gingersnap, a beagle/lab mix, and Emilia, a dachshund mix), 1 cat (Nikita), and a goldfish named Coral. She considers her pets to be part of the family and finds it very rewarding to give them a happy life and home. Amy enjoys spending time with her family and has been fortunate enough to be a stay- at- home mom while her children were little. Now that both of her children are in school, Amy is ready to make her passion for animals a bigger part of her life. She is a responsible and honest person and excited to meet and take great care of your pets!

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12829425_10204526057069775_4470921399309375457_oCarrie Hoffman, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Since Carrie was little she always loved animals – real, stuffed or imaginary –made no difference to her. She would sit with her grandfather by the hour and learn everything he could teach her, as he’d had a farm once upon a time and a vast array of pets. Nature shows were always a big hit in her home.

She had always thought she wanted to be a veterinarian but she was wrong. After two years of interning with a local veterinarian she knew she could never do the job. Not because she wasn’t smart enough, but because she was too sensitive. Carrie learned an incredible amount during those two years, that she has put to use in her pet sitting.

Carrie is so glad she was inspired to start her own business, Kelsey’s Sit and Stay because she has made so many friends both furry and not. She has yet to meet a dog who doesn’t like her, and once she knows what cats are really thinking she will know if it’s me or just my furry coat that they like.

Carrie is excited to also add additional jobs to her schedule through Laura’s Critter Care and looks forward to meeting you.

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profile picKristin Kegler, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Kristin is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Masters of Science in Creativity and a Bachelors of Science in Art Education and Art Therapy.

She has been an active pet sitter for family, friends, co-workers, and various families in the Buffalo area all her life, sitting 2 lb. fur-babies through 2 ton horses.

Kristin is active with various organizations including Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, PETA, the Wildlife Foundation, and the Humane Society International. Her passions lie in the Arts as well as animals as she is an active Buffalo artist creating custom pet portraits and digitial art. She has two rescue cats the lovely Esmeralda and the chubby Gaia-girl as well as her fur-baby Copper, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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20160518_175713Heidi Mordino, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Heidi has been involved in the Animal Industry for over 10 years. She has held many positions including Doggie Daycare Associate, Veterinary Receptionist and Veterinary assistant. She often petsits for friends and family.

Heidi is also an active volunteer with Educate A Bull rescue group and a member of the SPCA. Her love for animals has blessed her with 2 wonderful rescue cats and a rescue pittie. She is so excited to be a part of this amazing group of people!

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20160608_212835 (1)Lisa Rickert-Liedy, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Lisa is a life long animal lover and native of Tonawanda.  She now resides in Amherst with her husband, Steve and 2 children.  Also sharing their home are Jester, a Siberian Husky, Jack, A German Shepherd, Gibbs, a Bearded Dragon, and a 120 gallon Salt Water Fish Tank.  With them forever in spirit are Zeus, a German Shepherd/Husky mix, and Mama, a Calico cat.

Lisa has rescued many reptiles throughout her life including gecko’s, snakes, bearded dragons, and an Iguana named Iggy who lived to be 13 years old.  She is proficient in the care and feeding of reptiles.

Lisa specializes in the care of large breed dogs but loves them ALL equally!!!  She looks forward to working with you and meeting your pets.

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IMG_8349Sami Sodaro, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Sami is currently a student at the University at Buffalo working toward a degree in Animal Behavior and Ecology. She loves animals of all kinds and has been a pet owner for her entire life. She currently has three dogs, a rescue pitbull, a maltipoo, and a chihuahua. She has had many other pets as well though! She has owned cats, birds, a couple reptiles, and even fostered a baby squirrel temporarily! Animals are her true passion and working with them is what she hopes to do for the rest of her life.

Laura’s Critter Care has opened the door for her to begin that journey and she couldn’t be more excited! Sami is currently living in Kenmore and when she is not at school or working her other job at Tops she is eager to take care of your pets and to make sure they are happy and healthy!

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melissaMelissa Westmiller, A.M./P.M. Sitter and  Mid Day Dog Walker

Melissa is married with four daughters. She has a finance degree from the University of South Florida. Melissa was a bodily injury insurance adjuster for over 15 years before she decided it was time to spend more time with her family.

Melissa has loved animals her whole life.  Her husband Vince works in the veterinary field as a sales representative and has worked for Penn Vet and Abaxis and is currently working for Parnell. He has been working in the veterinary field for over 18 years.

She and her family currently own a German Shepard and three cats. Melissa looks forward to caring for your pets which she understands are cherished family members.

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Heather has had 15 years of experience in the customer relations/service field.  She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  She then went on to earn her Brokers License and worked as a Personal Risk Manager for 7 years before resigning to become a stay-at-home mom.  She currently volunteers as Vice-President on the board for her daughter’s preschool.  Heather resides in Clarence with her husband and two children.

Heather grew up with a household full of pets, including 6 cats, fish, frogs, hamsters, and a bird.  She understands the love and companionship that a pet brings to the family and is excited to help care for your “fur-babies” as well!

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bio-picJenny Moores, A.M./P.M. Sitter and  Mid Day Dog Walker

Jenny has been a lifelong pet lover. She has been the “go to” pet sitter for family and friends for years. She is a native of Boston Mass. but moved to Buffalo 5 years ago after marrying her husband Ken a native Buffalonian.

Jenny worked in the corporate world for over 20 years as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. She left the corporate world to spend more time with her children and pets. She currently operates her own wellness business called Peace of Mind Wellness which specializes in the use of essential oils, Reiki, meditation and yoga to help her clients with ailments. She also does photography on the side and is a Travel Softball coach for the Sandlot Saints.

Jenny resides in Williamsville with her husband, 3 children and their 3 dogs, a Saint Bernard, Black Lab and Yellow Lab mix.

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img_1342Michelle Dailey, A.M./P.M., Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Michelle lives in Williamsville with her husband and two teenage daughters. She spent ten years living in Australia and moved back to the States in 2000 bringing with her three dogs and a cat. She currently has 2 Miniature Dachshunds, Larry & Tootsie and a rescued Cocker Spaniel named Nugget.

Michelle and her husband Ralph own rental properties throughout WNY that she helps manage part time.  She has an un-wavered love and compassion for animals and will care for your pets as if they are her own.

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fullsizerender-3Cheryl DiChristopher-Trapper, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Cheryl is a graduate of Medaille College from the Veterinary Technology Program. She has been a Licensed Technician since 1990. She currently works at Amclare Veterinary Hospital. She is also a Clerk Typist in the Guidance Office at Williamsville North High School where she was also a graduate of the class of 1985.

Cheryls dedication to animals has not only been work related, but it is also her passion. She enjoys spending time with her own animals during her free time and has cared for several including dogs, cats, bunnies, and rats. She loves taking in senior animals and having the opportunity of fulfilling the rest of their lives. Cheryl cared for a 16 year old Rat Terrier whom she had since she was 12. Currently Cheryl has a 10 year old Chihuahua whom she recently adopted.

When Cheryl is not working or with her dogs, she enjoys time with my friends, high school sports (mainly hockey and softball), fishing, enjoying the outdoors, motorcycles, and soon will be learning archery with her new bow.

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bethBeth Skorka-Zola, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Beth lives in East Amherst with her two children, husband, and dog Alyssia. She is a Nutritionist and distance runner so she likes to be active and knows how important exercise is for both people and dogs.

Beth grew up having dogs and her siblings all have them; from a Miniature Schnauzer to a Great Pyrenees, so she is comfortable working with all sizes. Growing up down the street from a farm, she was an animal lover at an early age.  Beth looks forward to caring for your pets as if they were her own.

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imageAndy Lipczynski, A.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Andy is an all around animal lover, and has been pet sitting for family and friends since high school. He currently works for UPS and lives in the village of Hamburg with his wife, daughter, and pup!

One of his favorite things to do is taking his English bulldog, Watson, to the local doggy park with his family. He is excited to join the team at Laura’s Critter Care!

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thumbnail_20160729_173311-1-11Joanne Kostrzewa, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Joanne, was born and raised in the Buffalo area, except for a short stint in Norfolk, Virginia, where her husband was in the US Navy. She has worked in customer service for most of her career. She loves working with people, especially the elderly.

About 5 years ago Joanne rescued her first dog, a pitbull shar pei mix  and since that time her dog has changed her life.  Joanne loves her so much and can’t imagine her life without her.

Joanne looks forward to loving and taking care of your pets the same way that she loves and cares for hers.

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cindy-profileCindy Guido, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Cindy has been a lover of all animals since the day she was old enough to touch them. She was the child who brought home all kinds; hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, garden snakes, injured birds, you name it she brought it home. She was allowed her first dog when she was 12 and she has had dogs ever since. Cindy is married with a son and daughter and they have given her 3 beautiful grandsons.

Cindy’s children were just like her, they would bring home all kinds of animals and knew if Mom just saw them she could not say no! They’ve had kittens, dogs, guinea pigs, cockatiel’s, hamsters etc.

Cindy is retired from the Buffalo Police Department of 30 years, she lives with her husband Joe; her mom also lives with them, and her best friend, Isis who is a special needs dog. Isis is a Shiloh Shepherd whom she has had since 8 weeks old and she owns her heart.

Cindy has taken care of family and friends pets for years and would love the opportunity to care for yours. She has given insulin to her neighbors dog so she am experienced with that. She loves walking with her dog and would love to walk with yours!

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Nina Pelligrino,  Mid Day Dog Walker and Overnight Sitter

Nina grew up in Buffalo. She has always had a passion for animals and from a young age knew that’s what she wanted to do with her life, to work with animals. She has been volunteering at the local SPCA since she was 18 and pet sitting for friends and family for many years.

Nina attended Medaille college and received her associates degree in veterinary technology. In her free time she fosters animals in need until they are able to find they’re forever home. She has taken care of all walks of life throughout both her career and foster experiences. She currently have two cats, Meeko and Grimm. and her newest addition Apollo the rat.

Nina is a vet tech at the SPCA Serving Erie County. She has found shelter medicine to be her passion. She can’t wait to help others care for their pets as well!

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Michele Durno, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Michele grew up on the west side of buffalo. She has been a animal lover all her life. Her and her sister wanted a pet monkey and begged their parents daily for years. They took them to the zoo 3x a week to visit them. But No family monkey.

They settled for a poodle and a rescue cat.  Michele loves animals of all kind. She presently only own 1 dog, Sammy the Shih Tzu. But wish she had multiple!  The love, caring, patience she has for animals goes above and beyond.

Michele recently purchased a pet stroller for her dog, he has arthritis in both back legs and is losing his eyesight.  So when she has the time she takes him to the mall with her. He just sits there and enjoys the ride.
Michele has her associates degree in Business Administration and has worked in multiple corporations for over 20yrs within their Finance departments.  Time for a change from the corporate world and that’s she decided to work with Laura’s Critter Care.
Looking forward to a new journey.
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Beth Oliveri, A.M./P.M., Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Beth resides in Clarence with her husband, a female Frenchie named Sophie and her hamster – Omar. Her recent retirement, from insurance defense litigation work has provided her with the opportunity to pursue her life’s passion – working with animals.

As a child, her parents allowed Beth and her three brothers to raise every imaginable type of pets including – dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, birds, turtles, gold fish and a garden snake.  So her love of animals spans the spectrum.

Beth also enjoys volunteering with wildlife at Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  In her spare time, she also pursues her love of music studying the cello. She is also a season ticket holder with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beth is very excited to join Laura’s Critter Care team and to have the opportunity to treat your pets with as much love as she treats her own.

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Rachel Tabone, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Rachel currently lives in North Buffalo where she was born and raised. She lives with her boyfriend of ten years and they have two very lovable cats.  Rachel also spends a lot of time at her father’s house where she has a highly intelligent and very energetic Westie highland terrier. Her pets have shown her what having a best friend is truly about and has guided her to become a compassionate and responsible adult!

Rachel’s past experience includes several years working with individuals with disabilities, nursing home care and child day care. She spent 6 years enlisted with the Army National Guard where one of her proudest accomplishments was being able to assist with Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.  Along with pet sitting Rachel also works for UPS.

Since Rachel was a child she always had a deep compassion for helping others, along with a deep love for animals. She remembers always begging her uncle and friends to let her be the one to watch over their pets when they were going out of town, and to this day she still makes sure she is their go-to sitter!

Rachel feels this opportunity is a perfect way to fulfill her love for animals while helping others!

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Amanda Schultz, Overnight, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Amanda grew up in Buffalo, New York and returned in 2010 after serving in the United States Air Force (stationed in Massachusetts). She is currently pursuing her career as a civilian for various Gov’t agencies. She received her High School Diploma in Aquatic Ecology from McKinley Vocational High School in 2006. After deciding to for-go veterinary medicine, the military led her on a path to 7 years in Law Enforcement both as an active duty member of the service and as a federal civilian. She recently acquired her Associates in Humanities and Social Science from ECC.

Growing up, Amanda was the one everyone would call with questions/concerns regarding their own pets, especially knowing that she was the one with a “Reptile Room” in the neighborhood! Amanda currently lives in West Seneca with her girlfriend, their black lab Jack & their rescue Lab/Shepherd Arlo. She also has a crested gecko named Squirt.

Amanda is ecstatic to be able to interact with so many different pets, and fur babies as well as their wonderful owners.

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Katelyn Daly, A.M./P.M. and Overnight Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Katelyn has been surrounded by animals her whole life and is currently the proud parent of two rescue dogs, Buster and Porter.

As a client of Laura’s Critter Care she was so impressed with the quality care that her fur babies received that she herself wanted to join the team.

Katelyn is a graduate of University at Buffalo with a degree in Theatre and has experience working with all types of animals in theatrical settings.  Currently, she resides in Tonawanda, NY and has her own business teaching knitting and yoga classes.

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Lauren Waldroff, A.M./P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Lauren is a HUGE animal lover. She grew up in a house of cats and dogs mostly, but has been around all types of animals her whole life.

Lauren’s  goal is to care for your pet with the up most compassion according to your wishes, and keep them as active as possible so they stay as happy as possible. She has plenty of knowledge with proper hygiene, food and diet care for animals. She enjoys going for walks and understand safety is extremely important for your pet.

Lauren is extremely flexible with time and willing to help as much as she is able according to your schedule and hers. Lauren looks forward to meeting you and working with your favorite pets!

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Megan Abramo P.M. Sitter and  Mid Day Dog Walker

Megan was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Ever since she was young, she knew that she wanted to pursue a lifelong career with animals of all kinds. She has had, and still has dogs of different breeds ranging from Keeshonds, Pomeranian, Beagle, and also a rescue mutt! From fostering kittens to pet sitting and dog walking for friends and family, animals have always been apart of her life.

Horses are a passion of Megans, and she takes lessons on and off. She previously completed a year in the English Equestrian Program at The University of Findlay. She will be attending Medaille College in Fall of 2017 to become a licensed Veterinary Technician.

Megan currently owns a betta fish, four goldfish, a Maine coon cat named Roscoe, and will soon be adding a yellow lab puppy!  She is so excited to be with Laura’s Critter Care, and  can assure you that your pet will be cared for and loved as if they were her own!

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Mary Frey, A.M. and Weekend Sitter

Mary recently moved to the Buffalo area from Erie, Pennsylvania, but was a long time fan and frequent visitor of the city before moving here. She loves all animals and grew up with big and small critters her whole life, which included dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, and fish. She currently has 2 rescues – Caddy, a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix and Roper, a Blue-tick Coonhound mix and they are her world!

Mary has taken care of and pet sat cats, dogs, and other fur-babies for friends and family and is excited to join Laura’s team! She will take care of your pets as if they were her own fur-babies!

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Kristin Schmidt, A.M./P.M., Weekend and Overnight Sitter

Kristin is a native of Clarence who grew up with cats, dogs and an Amazon parrot! At a young age her family taught her all living things should be treated with love and respect.

Kristin spent her high school years assisting local chicken farms and helping her grandmother who raised K-9 dogs for local law enforcement. As an adult, she started volunteering for a cat rescue group Ten Lives Club, cleaning cages and taking care of orphaned kittens who needed bottle feeds, as well as fostering cats awaiting a forever home.

Currently Kristin has 3 dogs (a Great Dane, St Bernard, and a Shih Tzu) and two cats. She loves spending time walking and getting exercise! Kristin looks forward to meeting new animal friends of all kinds!

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Amber Kallen-Monroe, A.M./P.M. and Mid Day Dog Walker

Amber first came to Laura’s Critter Care as a pet sitting client many years ago. It wasn’t until she scheduled a family vacation that she realized how hard it could be to find a well-qualified pet sitter. Luckily, Laura’s Critter Care came to the rescue with a pet sitter who could care for a dog, 2 cats that needed medication, and 2 guinea pigs. The vacation and the pet sitting went off without a hitch. Fast-forward to today and Amber is excited to be a part of the Laura’s Critter Care Team as a pet sitter and a dog walker.

Amber has her Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Brockport. After college, Amber worked as a photographer until she had her first child, Avery. For seventeen years she was a stay-at-home mother to Avery, Liam and every pet they brought home. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, a rat, a mouse, fish, frogs, tadpoles, and snails, Amber was happily a mom to them all.

Amber will care for your pets like they are her own. Let yourself relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that Amber is caring for your pets just the way you would if you were home. Or if you need a dog walker, rest assured your pup is having an exhilarating walk while you work! Amber is especially fond of pets with special needs and senior pets. She has experience in caring for them, specifically giving pills, liquid medications, subcutaneous fluids, eye drops, and wound care. Don’t let your pet’s medical needs keep you home. Amber is ready to help you.

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Denise Bender, A.M./P.M. Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Denise works part-time for her husband’s drafting firm in Tonawanda. Now that her two boys have moved out, she’s ready to spend more time doing what she loves – being around animals. At one time the household had a dog, hamster, bearded dragon, rabbit and fish.

Denise has been volunteering since 2010 at the Erie County SPCA walking the dogs. She has also helped out at some of their fundraisers like Paws in The Park and Wine and Wags. She has been a dog sitter for family friends and everyone has said how much it’s appreciated when they know their pets are well taken care of.

She is excited to start this new opportunity and take loving care of your pets.

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Janice Nemmer, A.M./P.M. and Weekend Sitter and Mid Day Dog Walker

Janice lives in Clarence Center with her fur and feather babies.  She has 3 large dogs, 2 cats and 6 chickens.

Janice has been a puppy raiser and sitter for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  The lab in this picture, Tacoma, now works for the National Parks Service as an explosive detection canine.  He left the Guiding Eyes program to follow his passion for sniffing.

Janice is a lifelong animal lover who is looking forward to caring for your pets!

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Jessica Caffrey, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Jessica was born and raised in the North towns. She has been a lifelong animal lover & dog owner. 

Jessica currently resides in Grand Island with her husband and two children. She has 2 dogs (Rylee, a Border Collie, & Piper, an Australian Shepard) and a cat (Sheldon).

Jessica spent time working at Purrfect Paws monitoring daycare and playgroups, assisting with training classes, & taking care of all sorts of foster animals. She completed the Dog Obedience Trainer program through Animal Behavior College.

Jessica is very excited to be joining the Laura’s Critter Care team & taking care of your fur-babies!

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Kaylea Neverosky, A.M./P.M. and Mid Day Dog Walker

Kaylea resides in the Clarence Center area and has lived in Tonawanda and Lancaster in the past.  She worked with Laura’s Critter Care, LLC back in 2015 and is now back on board for the winter.

She currently owns a seven year old yellow labrador, and two african cichlids. Kaylea has always had a love and passion for all animals big and small, furry, hairy, and spikey. She has a very large passion for the equine breed and has been riding horses since she was seven years old. Kaylea currently rides in the southtowns. She has owned two horses, both off the track thoroughbreds, one who has retired successfully and one who is competing in the high level circuit in Syracuse, NY (pictured above). She has also owned a bearded dragon, multiple hamsters, cats, a chipmunk, a turtle, snakes, fostered ducklings, and even lovebirds.

Kaylea has shadowed small animal veterinarians and large animal chiropractors. She also has studied equine massage therapy and plans to continue her education in the future, to hopefully become licensed in the next year.

Kaylea has also volunteered for the Erie County SPCA in the past and currently is using her extra time to help at the WNY food bank. Aside from her passion for animals, Kaylea has a part time job as a waitress, working at a high paced restaurant in the East Amherst area that offers fine to casual dining.

Although she is not certain she knows a career path at the moment, she is currently attending a SUNY school and pursuing an associates degree in general studies, hoping to find the right major soon.

Kaylea has pet sat for multiple family members and friends. She has cared for everything from horses, to multiple dogs, to goats, and even a llama. She lives a very active lifestyle and enjoys hiking and the outdoors.

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Jennifer Nowacki, A.M./P.M. and Mid Day Dog Walker

Jen is a lifelong animal lover and has been a pet sitter for family, friends and co-workers in the past.  Jen lives in Cheektowaga with her husband and their furry and feathered family which consists of two papillons, a miniature american eskimo, a mini hotot rabbit and two english budgies.

Jen works at Amherst Small Animal Hospital and is also a medical care specialist volunteer at the Erie County SPCA.  She also enjoys being a foster mom where she can provide the love and medical care her wildlife patients need in order to be released back into their natural habitat. Jen has experience in caring for small dogs, large dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and other exotic animals.

Because of her longstanding background in animal care she is very comfortable administering meds and injections. She also has a background in volunteering with dog rescue groups and has successfully helped with numerous search and rescue for lost dogs in the area. Jen believes that caring for animals is not what she does, it’s who she is. She treats every animal as if it were her own and will always offer the love and affection your pet desires!

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Sheree Green, A.M./P.M., Weekend and Overnight Sitter

Sheree currently resides in the Lancaster, NY area. While she does not own pets at this time, she has been afforded time to care for other people’s pets. She is a recent empty nester with extra time on her hands.

Sheree has owned many dogs, and cats in her lifetime. She has lived in the WNY area all her life and has past experience working with pets and enjoys working with pets because they bring smiles to everyone’s faces, they love unconditionally, and are truly a part of the family! Her favorite pets are dogs, cats, and fish. She is really glad to join Laura’s Critter Care as a professional dog walker and pet sitter.

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Tina Wilk, A.M./P.M., Weekend and Overnight Sitter

Tina is a single mom of 3 girls ages 22, 6 and 5. She was born and raised In WNY and resides with her 2 youngest girls and 4 dogs in Cheektowaga. Her 2 pit bulls are rescues and they have a miniature Daschund and a Pomsky. 

Tina has experience in pet sitting for friends, but her last job was taking care of an elderly woman until she passed away. She is beyond thrilled to have found Laura’s Critter Care in her job search and was able to come aboard the team!

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Jessica Bakkila, P.M. and Weekend Sitter

Jessica grew up in Western New York, has graduated from UB and is a school counselor.

She adores animals of all shapes and sizes.  She was raised around many dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, fish, a lizard, a gecko, and even hermit crabs.  Jessica has a lovely tabby cat named Sasha who she adopted from a local SPCA.  Sasha is now eight years old and is completely spoiled.  Jessica has enjoyed caring for the pets of friends and family and is excited to care for your pets as if they were her own!

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Michele Swick, Mid Day Sitter and Dog Walker

Michele is from Williamsville, NY and married for 17 years with a 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Michele has had 3 dogs during her life and a few years ago lost her beloved Golden Retriever, Sabre, at the ripe old age of 13.

Her family wants a new dog, but due to crazy kids/sports schedules she has been unable to commit to her own puppy. She watches several neighbors and friends dogs and even took in her nieces 3 year old Bernese mountain dog in to her home for 6 months last year while her niece was studying abroad!

She is thrilled to be connected with Laura and have the opportunity to fill her days taking care of others peoples pets! Every pup she has ever taken care of has adored her and Michele prides herself on treating them as one of her own.

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Erin Kendall-Stutz,  Mid Day Dog Walker and Weekend Sitter

Erin is a lifelong resident of WNY and currently resides in West Seneca. She grew up with many family pets, as her mother was a veterinarian technician for a local vet office. Dogs, cats, some small critters and fish always surrounded her.

Erin currently has 3 dogs – a Newfoundland named Harlow; a black Labrador named Jimmy and a one-eyed Pug named Mugsy. (Who even has his own Instagram page!)  She also has 2 cats – a blue point Siamese, named Maci and a Siamese mix, named Dexter. In her family, they are referred to as the Zoo Crew. A majority of her own pets have special needs and need daily medication, in which she is comfortable administering. Erin truly love animals and feel that they are family.

She has also helped out many friends and family members over the years, caring for their animals if they ever went away on vacation or if they just needed me to let their dogs out for a walk, while they were away for the day. Animals are her true passion. Her husband, 8-year-old daughter and herself are big supporters of local dog and cat rescues/shelters. They have rescued from the SPCA of Erie County, Buffalo Pug and Small Animal Rescue and Joyful Rescues.

Erin has her Associates degree in Medical Office Technology and she currently works part time as an Administrator for a local Teamsters Health & Welfare Fund.

Her goal is to treat your animal with love, attention and any special care that they need.

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Caitlin Mood,  Mid Day Dog Walker and Weekend Sitter

Caitlin grew up on Long Island, moved to Buffalo 6 years ago to attend UB where she received her bachelors in Environmental Studies.

Since graduating she has worked in boarding and a veterinary practice which made her decide to go back to school to be a vet tech. She hopes to work with Wildlife after she graduates. Caitlin also volunteers at the SPCA in the Wildlife department, which she loves because she gets to work with a lot of cool animals.  She has a cat Tabatha who she has had for 17 years, Lilly a 5 year old Boxer/Pitbull, a rat, Freckles and some fish.

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Carly Trombetto, P.M., Overnight and Weekend Sitter

Carly is excited to be part of the Laura’s Critter Care team. During the day she works as a Habilitation Aide for Aspire of WNY and in her spare time she enjoys pet sitting and walking dogs.

Carly resides in Williamsville with her 4 year old lab spaniel named Ranger who is her best friend. She loves all creatures big and small. She guarantees to put a smile on your pets face and make them feel loved.

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Adam Silver ,  A.M./P.M. Sitter (Seasonal) and Mid Day Dog Walker

Adam is a teacher who has been a pet lover and owner since birth. From that first beagle to his current Shepherd/pit mix, Adam has developed a bond with dogs and cats as well. He is experienced in caring for dogs as it was part of his responsibility in growing up in a mostly dog household. All of his dogs have been rescues, and he has become a strong advocate to educate people about the bad rap that pit-bull and pit mixes get and having 16 year old Kerry is an ambassador, helps to break down barriers. Pets are family to Adam, and he’ll treat yours as a member of his pack.

 

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Laura’s Critter Care, LLC  142 Burroughs Drive Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 425-8357