Just like our furry friends, each one of our pet sitters has a different look and personality. While we all come from different backgrounds and have different talents and interests, we have a few common elements that make us similar: We are all responsible, dependable pet lovers!
Dana earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2001 and soon after started Chicago Pet Sitters. Today, she runs Chicago Pet Sitters with the help of her pups and an amazing group of pet sitters!
Alec is originally from Massachusetts but moved to Chicago for school and recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in English. When he isn’t taking care of pets with CPS you can find him playing drums in a jazz trio or curled up with a good book and his two year old cat Noodle!
Andrew, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is a local actor and stage designer. When he’s not entertaining our furry friends, he’s writing music and prepping for his upcoming shows!
Originally from Champaign, IL, Audrey recently completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod and was involved with the International Fund for Animal Welfare where she worked with the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research department. Having worked with dolphins, seals, porpoises, and whales, Audrey is now working with our companion land animals!
Britt, originally from Canton, OH, graduated from Miami of Ohio in 2014. Shortly after, she moved to the incredible city of Chicago! She’s currently a graduate student at DePaul in pursuit to become a high school French teacher. When Britt isn’t walking dogs with CPS, she’s usually hanging out with her cat, Rick James.
Caitlin is a graduate from the Theatre School at DePaul University. A native of Iowa, she has now lived in Chicago 4 years. When not helping CPS, she’s taking care of her lab/pointer mix Max.
Carolyn moved to Chicago from Brighton, Michigan in the fall of 2016. She studies Alternative Medicine and spends her time (when she’s not reading for school or with the wonderful animals of Chicago Pet Sitters) painting colorful Bob Ross style landscapes, baking goodies for her roommates and practicing yoga!
Carrie is an Evanston native who graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a degree in Spanish. She grew up with (yellow) Labrador retrievers but has a soft spot for all breeds! During her free time, Carrie is exploring the city and learning to get along with her new roommates–and their cat!
Cathy is a former managing editor of a pet-related trade magazine who has turned her lifelong love for cats into a pet-sitting career. One of the first things she did upon moving from central Illinois to Chicago in the early 90s was to start volunteering at a cat shelter, and she has been involved with the animal welfare community in one way or another ever since. When not caring for her own clowder and a colony of feral cats in her alley, she enjoys biking, reading and volunteering at her neighborhood food pantry.
Christopher earned his degree in Theatre Performance and Directing from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. In addition to being an animal lover, Christopher keeps busy by being involved in the arts and activism. He is excited to be with Chicago Pet Sitters and work with pets of all kinds.
Clayton, a native of northern Kentucky, recently graduated from The Theatre School with his Masters in Acting. He grew up with three wonderful cats and around some great neighbor dogs. He’s excited to be working with CPS and to hopefully get a pet of his own soon!
Cydney graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in acting! She recently moved to Chicago and is pursuing her career now in the city! She’s very excited to be with Chicago Pet Sitters and get to hang out with the coolest cats in Chicago.
Dan is a Chicago native. He is an avid cyclist and is obsessed with jiu jitsu and his Irish setter, Alainn.
Derek is currently living in Chicago to pursue an audio-engineering degree from Columbia College. In the meantime, he writes and records music, collects tapes/vinyl and pals around town with the best dogs on the planet! As a kid he begged his parents and even wrote up a contract to get a dog in the family. 🙂
Dylan’s background is in horticulture, and when he’s not working with Chicago Pet Sitters he is organizing a small local farm business. A lifetime cat and dog lover, he grew up with a pitbull-lab mix, and today he’s the caretaker for three beautiful cats he’s been living with for almost a decade.
Jodi is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and a former pet care business owner. Today, she a licensed Realtor and a huge advocate for raising awareness of adopting and rescuing homeless dogs and cats. When she’s not finding one of her human clients a new home, she’s dog sitting or walking one of the many furry clients of Chicago Pet Sitters.
Joe grew up on a horse ranch in Alabama but claims Louisiana heritage after spending 11 years loving the culture of Baton Rouge. His favorite pets were a Great Pyrenees from his childhood as well as a tabby cat named Kramer.
Jes is a writer, reader, avid nature lover and pet enthusiast. In her life, she’s had a dog named Squirt, a cat named Maxwell Sheffield Not-So-Smart, a quaker parrot called Al and a pot belly pig named Gus. And yes, she is from the South.
Jessica is a California native who somehow turned out to love Chicago. An avid reader, yoga teacher, and future PT student, Jessica loves spending time with furry creatures big and small, including her two cats (Leia and Aurra) at home!
Leigh is a graduate from Michigan State University. As a mixed-media artist, she’s often capturing her love for animals in books and illustrations as well as murals and greeting cards!
Lisa is a Wisconsin native with almost 7 years in Chicago. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from DePaul University and works with adults around career exploration and the job search in addition to caring for the wonderful animals with CPS. A life-long cat lover, she took her first steps toward the family feline, and has continued that tradition with her own beloved cat Maddie for the past 10 years.
Rachel is a pet lover by day and an actor by night! She moved to Chicago from Nashville in 2012 and has loved every minute of it! When she is not auditing and performing, she is taking care of her two kitties, Link and Zelda. She is very proud to be a part of Chicago Pet Sitters!
Rene is an avid biker, past co-founder of a successful bike messenger co-op, and when he’s not working with Chicago Pet Sitters he’s managing his own gaming space. He is dad to a beagle and two rescue kitties, one feral found in his basement named BC for “Basement Cat”!
Sarah has lived in the city for three years now and often goes home often to visit her 8-year-old terrier Westie mix. She graduated from the Caninelink dog training and career program and shortly after joined AnimalSense as a junior dog trainer. She is currently working toward becoming a senior dog trainer while working as a dog walker and pet sitter for CPS!
Tom is a freelance writer and comedian who just moved to the city from Spokane, Washington. New to the area and currently without his terrier, Nib, he has a weapons-grade strain of missing his dog. Until Nib arrives in Chicago, Tom is thankful to get his dog-fix with CPS!