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 dog walkers and pet sitters!
Alison grew up in the wilds of the North Chicago suburbs. She earned her degree in International Studies and French from the University of Illinois. When she’s not kitty sitting, she loves to learn new languages, swim, and curl up (cat-like) with a good book.
Andrew, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is Chicago Pet Sitters’ dog guru. When he’s not giving our staff tips or teaching our dogs a few new tricks, he’s working toward his accreditation to become a dog trainer!
Caitlin is a graduate from the Theatre School at DePaul University. A native of Iowa, she has now lived in Chicago 7 years. When not helping CPS, she’s taking care of her lab/pointer mix Max.
Carolyn, Chicago Pet Sitters’ Operations Manager, moved to Chicago from Brighton, Michigan in the fall of 2016. When she’s not working with staff and clients, and spends her time 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.
Chris has lived in Chicago all his life and has loved dogs for perhaps even longer than that. When he’s not working for Chicago Pet Sitters, he can be found freelance writing, performing sketch and stand-up comedy, and playing board games. His dreams include owning several dogs, and his much more ridiculous dreams include someday becoming a dog himself.
Chris was born and raised in Chicago. After rescuing his cattle dog mix, he decided to change his decade-long career of massage therapy to begin working in animal care. To boot, he loves being outdoors, staying active and riding his bike around the city, so this is the perfect job for him!
Connor is a graduate of Tulane University and is currently a student of Northwestern’s computer coding program. When he’s not writing digital language, he’s caring for our many pups and felines in the Lakeview area and spoiling his own kitties at home!
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.
Dan is Chicago Pet Sitters’ Staff Manager. Born and raised in the Rust Belt, Dan lived in Nashville, TN for 12 years where he met his wife and received a bachelor’s degree in Social Justice and a master’s degree in Community Development from Vanderbilt University. When he’s not inspiring our staff, he’s preparing for his next academic challenge of pursuing a Law degree and/or PhD in Sociology!
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.
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!
Jessica has three adorable rescue kitties, Khaleesi, Bobby and Frida. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she is now pursuing an advanced degree while educating all of our furry clients!
Kyle is a writer and independent filmmaker, currently pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting at Maharishi University of Management. Growing up, his father bred and raised golden retrievers, so he’s used to being surrounded by dogs. Now he’s brought his love of animals to Chicago Pet Sitters!
Kyle recently moved to Chicago and is enjoying his time here with his cat, Zorro. When he’s not working with CPS he is probably playing piano or doing something involved with music. He loves all animals and also likes to do yoga.
Leah is currently a master’s student in DePaul University’s screenwriting program. When she’s not working at her internship or studying for her MFA, she’s keeping our four-legged friends entertained with her comedic and happy-go-lucky nature!
Mae is an artist and avid reader living in Ukrainian Village. When she’s not walking dogs or visiting cats for Chicago Pet Sitters, you can probably find her at home cuddling with her tortoiseshell kitty, Greta!
Maggie comes from the non-profit world. Her previous position includes helping with transitional housing, legal aid and curbing gun violence. Prior to that, she was a nanny for one family for nine years. She fosters dogs for a lab rescue and her work with the organization has prompted her to dive head first into working with animals!
Mandy is a self-proclaimed professional cat-scratcher! When she’s not working on her art, writing or doting on our four-legged companions, she leads tour groups around the city. She may just share some historical tid-bits about Chicago while conversing with your feline or canine family member(s)
Patrick is a graduate of DePaul University where he studied animation. When he’s not walking around the city exploring with Chicago Pet Sitters’ canine clients, he’s working as a freelance web developer and learning as much as he can!
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!
Stefan moved to Chicago from Madison in 2015 where he was finishing up his graduate studies. Having grown up with terriers (and for a brief while a guinea pig) throughout his childhood, he also retains a particular fondness for his former black lab, Jasmine. In addition to his association with CPS, he enjoys engaging with the local Chicago Shambhala community along with exploring his interests in Integrally-informed arts and education.
Tiffany is a Chicago native who is schooled-out after having recently completed her master’s degree. When she is not reading about or watching something on crime forensics, she enjoys playing with her two cat creatures Isaac Newton and Einstein, indulging her literal card-carrying, space-nerd side and travelling.
Tyler came to us with previous animal experience as he grew up on his family’s farm working with dogs, horses and several other species. With his calm and kind demeanor, it’s no wonder that he has always been his friend’s and family’s go-to for pet sitting needs! Most recently, he left the food-service industry after 10 years of leading kitchens so he could focus on his passion for music and reconnecting with pups.
Originally from Michigan, Zac came to Chicago to pursue his passion for music. What he wasn’t expecting was to miss his dogs so much! Thankfully, Chicago Pet Sitters is the perfect place to get his dog-fix while still achieving success in his budding music career.