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 | Deanna Foley | Shani Schofield | Kayte Price | Susan Kiama | Tamara Bean | Mikayla Bower | Kathryn Sullivan | Jennifer Jordan | Noah Tadeo | Lorraine Hartman | Hannah Campbell | Tania Faulhaber

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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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 fundraising. 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 center for a UK mental health charity. I ran the day center 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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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 caretaking 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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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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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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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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Noah Tadeo – Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Noah Tadeo! I’ve grown up with animals my entire life, and in my youth, I was known as one of the dogs too. I’m originally from Laredo, Texas but I have been raised here in North Carolina. I’ve worked as both a professional bather at PetSmart and a kennel technician at a local doggie daycare. My wife and I have lived a life full of dogs, and hope to continue to help bring happiness to others and their families. I’m sometimes called the dog whisperer by my friends because I can connect to a dog’s inner soul. I have taken care of many dogs and some cats of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. I’ve taken care of the tiniest of Chihuahuas to the biggest of Great Danes, and I love them all! I’ve even taken care of a rabbit before!
My skills include bathing dogs, clipping their nails, sanitary hair trimming and shaving the hair under the paw pads. I was also taught how to administer medications orally and topically.
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Lorraine Hartman – Pet Sitter

As a customer of Waggers for 5 years, our family is well aware of the quality of care and communication you will receive which is reassuring. After many years in the food service business, I decided to become a pet sitter because I trust Waggers, our pets are important, I want to stay busy and still help care for my four grandchildren.

Over the years I have been pet mom and grandmom. The concerns that were raised for me through a pets life; what do I with my new kitty or puppy during the day, who will I get to take care of him/her while I am away, what about their sick days, and what happens when now that she/he is older, but most importantly who can I trust?

My knowledge isn’t limited to cats and dogs. I have also raised fish, birds and rabbits, cared for snakes for friends while away or moving, rescued and nursed assorted injured wildlife, and even assisted the owner of the stable in care of their horses. Let’s be a team in your pet’s care.
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Hannah Campbell – Pet Sitter

My name is Hannah Campbell, and I have lived in North Carolina for over fifteen years. I have always been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have owned different pets such as parakeets, cockatiels, dogs, cats, and chickens. I have pet sit for many friends and family in the area and am very fortunate to do so as it is a rewarding experience.

I am currently working on my associate’s degree and hope to transfer to a university to earn my degree in Accounting. Being a full-time student can be stressful, but interacting with pets is very therapeutic. I love meeting new animals. When I am not studying or working, I like to photograph animals and nature. I also enjoy painting.

I am very organized, responsible, and loving. I also have a flexible schedule for all your pet sitting needs! I would love the opportunity to care for your pets.

I look forward to meeting you and your pets soon!
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Tania Faulhaber – Pet Sitter

I am a proud mom to two humans, two dogs, a cat and a horse. I have been in Apex for over 20 years and very happy to live close to two grand-dogs, who I pet-sit as often as possible.
I firmly believe that pets are family, and they ought to be treated with care. I am responsible, flexible and willing to go the extra mile to make your pets feel at ease while you’re away and I can’t wait to meet your furry family.
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