Meet the Pet Sitters

At Happy Hearts Pet Care LLC we contract with wonderful pet sitters who are reliable, pet loving people that have been providing services with our company for years and know how to uphold our high standards of service to our valued clients. Our sitters have taken pet CPR & first aid training, have passed a criminal background check with the Michigan State Police and are covered with bonding and liability insurance.

You will have the opportunity to meet any contracted team member that would be caring for your pets and home so you can feel comfortable and confident with the person providing care. You can also have peace of mind knowing that there will ALWAYS be someone from our service available to care for your pets no matter what circumstance might arise.

See our Pet Sitting Services page to see how we can help you and your pets.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Nancy

Nancy, Nancy's All Inclusive Pet Care

Hi, I am Nancy Kupina and I am delighted to be a part of the Happy Hearts Pet Care Team. I owned and operated Nancy’s All Inclusive Pet Care from 2014 to 2021. It was a wonderful experience getting to know so many terrific families and their pets and I found it very rewarding to provide clients with peace of mind by delivering reliable, high quality pet care. After the pandemic- induced pause in pet care, I decided to recommend all of my clients join the Happy Hearts Pet Care family so that I could focus exclusively on visiting the pets.

Prior to owning my pet care business, I graduated with a BA in Biology from Albion College and worked as a research scientist in the area of Neuroscience at the VA Hospital, University of Michigan and Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert/Pfizer.  When Pfizer moved out of Ann Arbor, I decided to focus on raising my 3 son’s. Once all the boys were in school I became a mid-day dog walker for Liz’s Loving Pet Care. Three years later, I became the owner of her business and the rest is history.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 3 dogs, 1 cat, gardening, cooking and needlework.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Kim

Kim

Kim has been a Ann Arbor area resident and animal lover her entire life. She joined the Happy Hearts Pet Care team in June 2018. She has over 12yrs of experience working with all types animals while working at a local horse farm, a pet hotel and for 5 yrs she worked as a animal care technician and animal intake at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Kim has proven to be a valued team member with her knowledge of pet health and behavior and her true compassion for all of our furry and feathered friends.

Pat, Ann Arbor pet sitter

Pat, Friendly Paws Pet Care

I have had the pleasure of working as an independent contractor with Happy Hearts Pet Care since 2003. I have cared for pets just about all of my life, from childhood family pets through the present. Over the years I’ve worked with several rescue and shelter organizations around Boston and here in Ann Arbor. I am presently volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

I work pretty much just with cats and other small animals.

I live in Ann Arbor with two cats, Bob (pictured with me here) and Sparkler who likes to hide under the bed, and I have two others being fostered. I love them all dearly. I will give your pets the same kind of reliable, loving care that I give my own and for which Happy Hearts has been known for over 20 years.

Laurie, Ann Arbor pet sitter

Laurie

I moved to Ann Arbor February 2018 after living in Florida for the last 25yrs – a reverse snowbird! Spent a few months settling in, playing in the garden and now I am so thrilled to be apart of the Happy Hearts Pet Care team!!

Loving and caring for pats has always been a part of my life – growing up we shared our home with 3 dogs, 6 or more cats, lots of guinea pigs, gerbils and a sweet cockatiel. It really made me appreciate the unconditional love our animal friends offer us and how they make our life and our world so much brighter.

My husband I now share our home with 4 formerly feral felines – they are living the good life now having gracefully transitioned from street cats to pampered pets. Only 3 0f our 4 showed up for my photo – Lucky, Billy and Singy…. Missing is our love bug boy – Smiley!

I am looking forward to getting to sharing the love and helping Happy Hearts care for your pets.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Megan

Megan

Animals have always been a huge love of mine since I was a child.
I have lived in the Ann Arbor area my whole life. I now live in Saline with my husband, our 3 children, our 3 rescue dogs – Callie, Skip and Indigo, and our in charge senior cat Buddy.

I have worked in pet care and dog walking for over 5 years. I love spending time with animals and getting to know their individual personalities. I love going on walks with dogs, it is a great way to get to know them. I try to make each visit enjoyable so they look forward to the walks just as much as I do.

Ann Arbor dog walker, Mason

Mason

Although I was my parent’s first born, I was welcomed into the world with my three Beagle sisters. The majority of my childhood photos include these dogs sitting on my lap or licking my face. Since then, I have always had several dogs in my life, and I was even able to convince my family to welcome two feral cats into our home! Growing up I always wanted a lizard, but my mom drew the line at reptiles, though over the years I have kept frogs, fish, rats, chinchillas, and even a hedgehog!

Over my 7 years of pet-care I have cared for just about every type of household pet I can think of. From Potbellied pigs to giant Argentine Tegu lizards, I’m comfortable with caring for any type of pet imaginable.

I am currently working to receive my BFA from Eastern Michigan University in sculpture, and am planning to attend graduate school to receive my Master’s degree. When I’m not looking after animals, I can be found in my studio working on one of several ongoing projects.

Beth, Ann Arbor pet sitter

Beth

Hello, my name is Beth Quillen. I have lived in Ann Arbor since 2001. I have had experience with dogs my whole life, from the pets I had growing up, to the dog I now have with my family. I especially love going on walks but I am definitely a more enthusiastic walker than my own dog. My 3 year old Coonhound is named Taco but I think we should have named him Couch Potato. It works out great that I get to take other dogs for walks. It brightens my day to see their furry faces.
Providing great service to my clients is very important to me. I always strive to give your pets that same kind of care and attention I would want for my own.

Ann Arbor pet sitter - Kimi

Kimi

Hello! I’ve been surrounded by cats and dogs my whole life, often at the same time. My family kept old-English sheepdogs while I was growing up and then branched out to keep several mixes. Currently, I live with my grandparents between Ann Arbor and Saline. Up until three years ago, I lived in Illinois. I worked as a daily dog Walker and pet sitter in Chicago for three years and adopted a calico kitten I named Holly. Holly is now five and rules the household!

Out of all the jobs I’ve had, pet sitting is the one that’s truly made me happy. I love connecting with the animals I look after and, by extension, their owners. I look after the pets like they were my own and take great pride in the quality of my service.

I attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated in 2011 with a major in English and minors in Asian Studies and Creative Writing. Pet sitting inspired me to write the April Gladdis Dog Walking Mystery Series under the pen name Alexa Windsor! The first entries in the series are completed and I’m working on the third. Sometimes the dogs and cats I watch make it into the book as cameos!

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Jennifer

Jennifer

I have been an Ann Arbor area resident for over 10 years. I live in Pittsfield Township with my husband, Pit bull Thor and senior kitty Buddy. Animal care and welfare is my biggest passion. I joined the Happy Hearts team in October 2019, I felt it was a great way for me to do what I love and help enrich the lives of animals.

Over the last 8 years I have immersed myself in area animal welfare causes. I have volunteered with a local Pit bull rescue, I was on the board of directors of an area dog rescue/rehabilitation organization and most recently I spent over 2 years as a Level III dog walker and foster volunteer at HSHV. Throughout my experience with dog rescue/shelter organizations I have developed some very useful dog behavior/training skills. I enjoy not only just taking a dog for a walk, but also helping to set them up for long term success.

I look forward to caring for your pets as if they were my own.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Amy

Amy

Being a pet owner my whole life I understand the important part of the family pets are. Our family of four wouldn’t be complete without a pet. I am a mom of two animal loving children Sadie and Gretchen.

Before pet care I was a social worker in geriatric settings. I have a bachelor degree in Social Work & Gerontology. I have also been teaching fitness classes since 1999 and am currently a fitness instructor to seniors in Saline.

Visiting your pet is a nice complement to my week and I always look forward to it! In years past we have used dog walkers and pet sitters for our pets. It provided a comfort and satisfaction in knowing that our dogs were looked after and exercised. It is my hope that I can be that comfort for you too.

Ann Arbor pet sitter Meredith

Meredith

Hello! My name is Meredith and I moved from Toledo to the Ann Arbor area with my partner and our cats in 2016. I love being around all animals and also enjoy going to concerts and grabbing the tent and exploring new places with my partner, who is also a pet sitter! When we’re not caring for your babies, you can usually catch us around downtown Ann Arbor, hanging out at the theater or enjoying a stroll down Liberty Street.

Ann Arbor pet sitter Pamela

Pamela

Pamela is an intrepid animal lover whose main goal in life is to convince every cat she meets that they’re best friends. Pamela has tons of experience caring for animals, having been raised in a small suburban zoo, and currently has four of her own. When she’s not chasing cats around, you can find Pamela working at The Michigan Theater Foundation as the Communications Coordinator. She loves reading, writing, art, and traveling, and holds an MA and a BS from Eastern Michigan University.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Holly

Holly

Hello! My name is Holly and I am very proud to be a member of the Happy Hearts Pet Care team! I live right in tree town Ann Arbor and grew up in Manchester. Having grown up in a farm community with all sorts of different animals I developed a passion early on in life for them and it’s a huge part of who I am today. I feel very lucky to be able to make caring for animals my career. My goal is to make every interaction with the pets I care for a special and unique experience. I love all types of animals and can’t wait to meet yours!

Ann Arbor dog walker, Alitia

Ailita

Hello! Growing up in the Wines-Forsythe neighborhood, I loved to walk my neighbors’ dogs and care for their cats. We had a German Shepherd-Black Lab mix named Brencis until I was about six years old, I had a parakeet named Legato for the six years following, and our family has had a flock of backyard chickens on and off for the past nine years. Since my roommate and her kittie moved away last year, I really miss having indoor pets, so I have an especially endless supply of love to give your non-human family members. When I’m not giving belly rubs or going on walks, I love to play ultimate Frisbee, knit, and play various instruments at various degrees of proficiency.

Ann Arbor pet sitter, Gabby

Gabby

Hi! My name is Gabby Yohey and I’m a 22 year old pet sitter from Dexter. From a young age I’ve had a strong love of animals, and my love only continues to grow! Of course, there’s a special place in my heart for my two little bunnies, Sunny and Dee. We share the house with two cats and two dogs that I help care for as well! I know I would want the best care for them, which is why I always do my best to give the type of care I’d want for my own pets.

My first venture into animal care was volunteering for Furry Friends Rescue in Brighton which showed me how rewarding caring for animals could really be. From then on I was on the search for similar work until I found Tall Oaks Kennel. I worked there for a while before coming across Nancy’s All Inclusive Pet Care. I worked for NAIPC a total of 2 years before the business became a part of Happy Hearts Pet Care.

I began my college career while in my junior year of high school taking classes at Washtenaw Community College. I later went on to study for a year at Northern Michigan University for a degree in chemistry. However, I came back home and began caring for pets again, and I realized that was what I was most passionate about!
Since then I’ve dedicated myself to providing the most reliable and loving pet care possible.

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