Meet the team

We pride ourselves on the work we do and each and every one of us is a bonafide pet-lover! Not only that, all of our sitters are insured and carefully screened before we will let them into your home to care for your pets. We know that once you meet us you will feel completely comfortable leaving your amazing little Waggers in our loving care.

Allison Smith | Patty Pearthree | Deanna Foley | Shani Schofield | Amanda Arnold | Kayte Price | Susan Kiama | Tamara Bean | Sara Reyes | Jennifer Vanbuuren | Marian Morritt | Katie Anato | Mikayla Bower | Hailey Olive | Justin Turner | Kathryn Sullivan | Christina Frantz | Jennifer Jordan | Samantha Benton

Allison Smith – Owner

My name is Allison Smith and I have been an animal owner for more than 30 years. I’m compassionate and nurturing by nature and am comfortable caring for pets as young as puppies to senior pets. I’m even trained to give meds both orally and via injections.
I have worked with a wide array of species and breeds of animals and have personally owned dogs, ducks, frogs, birds, fish and even rats! My husband is a K-9 handler with the Wake County Sheriff’s Department.
I started Waggers Pet Sitting to provide a local alternative to kenneling pets in Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville and Raleigh so those pets can enjoy the freedoms of home in a less stressful environment. I think the reason people continue to use Waggers is because we are organized and punctual, which in my opinion is a great attribute when dealing with numerous clients needs simultaneously.
I hope to meet you and your pet soon! Until then connect with us on Google+
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Patty Pearthree – Pet Sitter

I have worked for Waggers for about 10 years now. I currently voluntarily lead safaris to Kenya and am the National Coordinator of the American Association of Zoo Keepers Annual Fundraiser called “Bowling For Rhinos”. This is a voluntary position I have held for the past 22 years.
I love animals so pet sitting is the perfect retired zoo keeper job. I get my fill of playing with animals without having to bring them all home. I am also a PTA mom & Cary Band Booster mom.
Education & Background:
BS in Zoology, AS in Biological Parks Technology (zoo school in Gainesville,FL)
Masters in Environmental Science from Indiana University
Senior Zoo Keeper at the Indianapolis Zoo for 10 years before retiring to raise a family. Worked with Bears, monkeys, tigers and a wide variety of other animals. I am well trained on animal behavior, giving medications, shots,etc.
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Deanna Foley – Pet Sitter

I live in Cary with my husband and three children. I have always had a dog as a family member – from a toy poodle to a St. Bernard. We currently have an Old English Sheepdog named Molly. Molly loves having dogs visit and she is a great hostess – she is willing to share her food, her toys, and the couch. My love of animals and my willingness to take care of my neighbors’ pets led to a great job with Waggers. I enjoy watching dogs and cats and learning their personalities. I am available for Daily Dog Walks, In Home Pet Sitting, and Private Dog Boarding.
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Shani Schofield – Pet Sitter

I arrived in NC from London, England in 2014 with my family for a new work placement for my husband. We brought over with us our two rescue cats Buster and Pickle. Over the years I have given a home to 11 rescue cats, several rabbits and other small rodents. In particular I have cared for elderly and sick animals including ones that required regular subcutaneous injections as well as various medications and other intensive nursing needs. In particular our rabbit Salt (his sister was called Pepper) was very sickly and we had an intense 4 year battle to keep him going due to congenital problems. I trained him to use the litter tray (very easy to do) and he had the run of my upstairs area, he was hilarious and an absolute joy.

I worked for 5 years as a volunteer for a UK animal rescue sanctuary in a number of capacities including newsletter editor, home checker for dogs, cats and small furries going to potential new homes and some fund raising. I also volunteered as a parent helper for the Girl Guiding Organization whilst my girls were younger, helping at the weekly Brownies meetings and I was the cook at one of the weekend away camps.

Immediately prior to moving here I volunteered as a Peer Support Coordinator at a drop in centre for a UK mental health charity. I ran the day centre two days a week and organized as well as cooked for several christmas parties and summer cookouts alongside my husband.

I have a daughter in high school and wanted a rewarding job that would fit around my need to be there for my family as well as combining my love for working with animals. I am happy to care for any pet except spiders, I cannot cope with spiders eek! I joined Waggers in June 2015 and can honestly say I am enjoying the role as petsitter so much and every single pet I sit for becomes a favorite, I now have a lot of favorites. Waggers is an amazingly dedicated and caring company to work for, I am having the time of my life caring for all my clients and look forward to hopefully meeting many new ones too.
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Amanda Arnold – Pet Sitter

Hey!!! I’m Amanda 🙂 I’m originally from Indiana, but have been in North Carolina for 8 years. I have 2 cute mini dachshunds named Charlie and Zelly. I grew up with dogs, big and small and could not imagine my life without them. I’ve also had goats, ducks, cats, hamsters, and bunnies throughout my life! I have a love for all animals.

My career background is in the medical field so I have a passion for caring for others. I am also a Medical Nail Technician at Simple Bliss Spa and Salon in Raleigh.

I’m flexible and very easy going. I will definitely treat your pets as if they were my own. As a pet owner, I know how hard it is to trust the care of your furbabies to just anyone.
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Kayte Price – Pet Sitter

My husband and I relocated here from the Midwest, 5 acres, a horse, llamas, sheep and the occasional goat. We did bring our two dogs with us and have always had animals in the house.
We have our 15 year old cattle dog and a 12 year old beagle/lab rescue who is very vocal. Having so many animals has taught me much about observation and communication. And the move here taught me even more about when routine is disrupted and how to overcome it.
I am a graphic designer and jewelry maker, now all part-time. I added pet-sitting as I enjoy animal care taking and feel I can offer your pet a secure relationship while you are away.
I am available for Daily Dog Walks and In Home Pet Sitting.
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Susan Kiama – Pet Sitter

My name is Susan Kiama and I live in Cary, NC with my husband, stepson and our two lilac colorpoint siamese cats Mr. Dinks and SiverBelle. I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a BA in Psychology in 1988. I spent 20+ years caring for people with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities. I still do consulting. I realized that I would like to be out there caring for pets instead. Throughout my life I always had animals in my life. I had a quarter horse for 8 years. I have always had cats or dogs and even a rabbit. I love animals and a close connection to animals has always been a part of who I am and could not imagine my life without my furry companions.   I am very reliable and dependable. I would love to assist you in any way I can with your pets and would treat them as if they were my own.
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Tamara Bean – Pet Sitter

Tamara lives in northeast Cary. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in Forest Resources Management. As a young girl, Tamara raised cocker spaniels and has owned dogs her entire life. She has worked for Waggers Pet Sitting for 8 years and is the proud owner of a one year old miniature schnauzer named Ziggy. Tamara finds that singing to your pet during a visit and frequently mentioning their name makes them feel comfortable and loved. Animals love Tamara’s passions that include, gardening (digging), cooking (meat) and the outdoors (walks).
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Sara Reyes – Pet Sitter

My name is Sara Reyes. I am a wife and mother of two teenagers. I have been an animal lover and owner for over 30 years. Originally from the cold north, our family relocated from Michigan to Holly Springs, NC in 2007. As a lover of animals we have always had multiple furry friends as part of our family. We’ve owned a variety of cats, Labradors, an amazing Rhodesian Ridgeback and our newest member of our family a Greyhound/Rhodesian mix, all of which are rescues.
I have over 15 years of pet sitting experience. I have experience with a variety of animals from birds to turtles to the most exotic being a 25lb Maine Coon cat. I have always been drawn to caring for animals and am very passionate about providing quality care and comfort to your pets while you are away. Giving you the peace of mind that your pets are well loved and cared for is essential. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
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Jennifer Vanbuuren – Pet Sitter

Hi! I’m Jennifer, I am the proud mother of 2 cats, Sampson and Missy. I’ve also previously owned and have experience with dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and turtles. I am a graduate of NC State (Go Pack!) where I studied Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science. While there I volunteered at both the NC Museum of Natural Sciences with their living collections and the Duke Lemur Center. These positions allowed me to gain experience with a vast array of animals (from flying squirrels, pygmy hedgehogs and chinchillas, to birds, axolotls and salamanders). My hobbies include reading, painting and hanging out with my cats on my screened porch!
Don’t be offended if I greet your pet before I greet you when I come to your consultation visit! I’m known to spend more time with the animals when visiting someone else’s home. I can’t wait to meet you and your furry family members!
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Marian Morritt – Pet Sitter

Hi! My name is Marian and I currently live in Holly Springs with my husband and two children, but we used to call NY and NJ home. I’ve been an animal lover since I was a little kid. I spent 10 years working as a veterinary assistant/technician and had many pets growing up including two pit bulls, 5 cats, hermit crabs and an iguana. I’ve also cared for snakes and rats. Working at the vet I did everything from basic kennel work to assisting in surgeries, administering medications both orally and injectable, IV and subcutaneous fluids, x-rays, medicated baths and assisting and educating clients on basic pet care.
When my husband and I first got married we adopted our first puppy together. Chloe was 8 weeks old when we adopted her from the shelter and she spent 14 wonderful years with us before we had to help her cross the rainbow bridge. We don’t have a dog at the moment, but I know it won’t be long before we find another forever friend. In the interim we have done some fostering for Peak Lab rescue. In my spare time I enjoy doing Crossfit and Strongman training and traveling with my family.
I have a BA in Communications and have been working in clinical research for 10 years. After spending a lot of time in the corporate world, I have realized how much I truly miss working with animals and so decided to join the Waggers team.
I’m really excited to meet some new furry (and not so furry) friends. As a former vet assistant and longtime pet owner I can assure you that your pet will be in good hands. I look forward to meeting you and thank you for choosing Waggers and me as your pet sitter!
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Katie Amato – Pet Sitter

My name is Katie and I am transplant, originally from the Tampa, Florida area. I moved up with my long time boyfriend because of a job opportunity, we were hesitant about taking it until we did some research of the area. We found out that it was one of the most dog friendly areas in the country and that sold us! I’ve worked with animals in Florida and they have been part of my family since I was a child. I regularly volunteered at the SPCA and would go spend time with the dogs and cats there just so they got attention. I’ve always done well with hard headed dogs and regularly go out of my way to rescue feral cats. I currently own rescue dogs and a cat. Working at Waggers is a huge opportunity for me and I’m extremely grateful. I know how scary it can be to leave your pets in the hands of another, but let me assure you that your pet(s) will be in GREAT hands!!
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Mikayla Bower – Pet Sitter

Hi my name is Mikayla Bower. I have had pets my whole life, a home just isn’t complete without one. I have lived in North Carolina for twelve years. Before I lived in Connecticut and I was born in California. I have always loved working with animals and have lots of experience. I have only been working at Waggers for a few months, but I have years of watching animals under my belt. When I saw this job opportunity I jumped on the chance. Working with Waggers allows me to work doing something I love and gives me enough time to also work on writing my first book.
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Hailey Olive – Pet Sitter

My name is Hailey, I have volunteered at the SPCA with my mom since I was a kid. I am CPR certified and have lots of experience with giving cats and dogs medication such as heartworm, flea, and tick medication. I currently have three rescue dogs, one had a stroke a few years back and my family and I have adjusted to treating him and making sure he doesn’t over do it even being around other dogs. I’m from Smithfield, North Carolina where I grew up on a farm, giving me plenty experience with various animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, hogs, horses, goats, etc. I graduated from West Johnston High School in 2012. My hobbies include hiking, working out, gardening, cooking, and basically anything outdoors.
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Justin Turner – Pet Sitter

Hi I’m Justin from Cary. I’ve lived in the triangle for the better part of three decades now and don’t know why I’d ever live anywhere else. I got a Statistics degree from NCSU and started my own computerized day trading business. My afternoons and evenings are mostly open so I spend them relaxing with yoga, swimming, reading, and hanging out with other people’s pets! I have been around animals my entire life and have always been happy to care for them whenever asked. I feel very fortunate to have found a flexible part time job that allows me to enrich the lives of local pets and provide piece of mind to their owners. I am very responsible, nurturing, and respectful of people’s privacy. I would love to work with you and your pet!
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Kathryn Sullivan – Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Kathryn! I am originally from Wilmington NC but I have moved around a bit living in Nashville, Memphis, and finally moving to Garner. I have grown up caring for animals most of my life. Currently, I have one “child” my dog Coco, she is a dachshund and is 12 years old. My passion for animal sitting started in Memphis, while I was getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Memphis. While in college I started, pet sit for other people’s animals in my spare time. That’s when I realized that I had a passion for taking care of animals. I have 6 years of pet sitting experience and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned in that time that building a relationship with animals is one of the most important things a person can do with them. So, while you’re away you can rest assured that your pet is in the best of care! I can’t wait to meet you and your pet!
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Christina Frantz – Pet Sitter

Hey there, I’m Christina! I moved to Cary in 2003 when I was only 10 and have been living in Fuquay for the past 9 years, so this area is definitely home to me! Since moving here I’ve had dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, hamsters, gerbils, and fish at different times in my life. You may recognize me from my old days at Petco or Petsmart, where I was able to build a love and understand for many different pets and the care they need, and also meet lots of dogs! Currently I work part-time as an ER Receptionist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, where I’m able to express my compassion for animals and their families in times of crisis.
When I’m not working I’m either hanging out with my husband and our pit-mix, Dixie, or I’m making art, which is my second love in life next to animals.
My schedule is very open and flexible to best work to your ever-changing needs throughout the week! I look forward to meeting your furry (and not-so furry) family members!
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Jennifer Jordan – Pet Sitter

Does your dog like to cuddle, take walks in the park and explore nature, nap, fetch things, learn new tricks, have staring contests, get down & dirty in the mud, splash in the water, take bubble baths, roll around in the leaves, window shop, or yoga? Do they like to talk a lot or maybe just prefer to listen? Does your dog parkour? Maybe he’ll teach me!

Hi, I’m Jennifer at your service. No, I don’t want to date your dog, but I would love nothing more than to help you take care of them and give them the fullest and happiest life their heart can handle when you can’t be there. I have spent the better part of 35+ years being filled with a thirst for knowledge, love and compassion for animals of all species, shapes, and sizes that surpasses any other. I studied Zoology at CSUChico with an eventual focus on Primatology.

My own personal lifetime line-up of ani-babies includes 3 horses, 1 rooster, 1 hen, 1 Mallard duck, 1 rabbit, 1 frog, 2 guinea pigs, 3 water turtles, 7 cats, and 9 dogs ranging from 8 pounds-120 pounds, male and female. Currently, my son and I have a 10 year old boxer named Tank who has been the furbaby love of my life from the age of 8 weeks. We found out in March of this year he has a brain tumor that is quickly taking it’s toll. That being said, I have from Tank as well as several others, acquired the skills necessary in administering many different medications whether pill or injection form.

I have a flexible schedule, a great sense of humor, excel in pet talk and am driven solely by my love for animals to provide nothing short of patience, compassion, security, and peace of mind to you and your pets. Book a Meet & Greet today so you can stop worrying about Fluffy, you won’t regret it!
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Samantha Benton – Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Samantha. I’m originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. I moved to the Raleigh area in 2009 to attend Wake Technical Community College. After graduating from Wake Tech, I transferred to NCSU where I achieved my bachelors in Animal Science. I’m currently working as a veterinary Assistant. I have 6 years of veterinary medical experience and close to 10 years of pet boarding experience. I’m comfortable administering medications. My boyfriend and I have two four legged babies, Layla (9yr boxer/pit mix) and Parker (2yr German Shepard/pit mix). I consider them my children as I would any other pet I take care of.
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