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 | Hannah Campbell | Jessie Woodall | Melissa Hatt | Kevin Do | Susan Day | Jolanda Malone | Brant Downing | James Duffy | Emily Ramirez | Samuel Walker

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 that 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!

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.

Shani Schofield

Pet Sitter

I have lived in North Carolina since February 2014 having moved here from London with my husband and youngest daughter and 2 cats Buster and Pickle.  I have worked with Waggers since 2015 as a pet sitter and took over the majority of the administration for the company in 2016.  Buster and Pickle have since passed away but we have 3 rescues living with us now.

I am particularly experienced with cats and rabbits and other small animals having owned and cared for many, I was also brought up around dogs as well as cats and do enjoy the opportunity to meet and care for my client’s pups. In fact I am happy to care for most animals with the exception of spiders!

I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies soon!

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 a 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.

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. 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.

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).

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.

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!

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 its 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!

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!

Jessie Woodall

Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Jessie! I am originally from New Bern, NC. I moved to Cary after I graduated college. I graduated from the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at Central Carolina Community College in May 2018, where I earned my Associate’s in Applied Science. I have been a Veterinary Technician for the last 2 years. I grew up with dogs and cats. I currently have 3 dogs. Indi (4yr Pit mix), Grizzly (2yr Miniature Dachshund), and Mako (2yr Great Dane). I also have 1 cat, Phoenix (2yr Domestic Shorthair). I like to spend my free time playing with my dogs, going to breweries, and hanging out with friends. I have had a love for animals ever since I could remember. My background in veterinary medicine has allowed me to gain the knowledge and experience to work with animals of different temperaments, health, and age. I am comfortable administering oral, topical, intramuscular, and subcutaneous medications. I am also comfortable performing blood glucose tests and nail trims. I have had many pet sitting jobs in the past and have always treated each animal as my own and gone above and beyond to provide the best care possible. I am responsible, flexible, and trustworthy. I can’t wait to meet you and your fur-babies.

Melissa Hatt

Pet Sitter

I live in Fuquay Varina with my husband, three children, our Goldendoodle Bolt, many fish, and our two bearded dragons, Rex and Lizzy. I have had a dog in my house since before I can remember. They add so much warmth and love to a home, I just couldn’t imagine not having one. My husband is an RN and works long hours so I was looking for a rewarding job that would allow me to still be there for my family as well, which led me to Waggers.
I enjoy playing with and taking care of dogs and cats as well as other types of pets. I have experience pet sitting for many different breeds of dogs, from puppies to older dogs with
health issues. I also have experience caring for bunnies and cats. I truly want to make sure your pet is taken care of while you are away because I know it can be stressful for them. I am available for daily dog walks and in-home pet sitting. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

Kevin Do

Pet Sitter

Well hey there! My name is Kevin. What am I like? Well, if I could sum up a portion of my personality, it would go something like this. I’m energetic, active, spontaneous, and funny. I love all things that life has to offer: Friends, family, knowledge, the great outdoors, and tacos. I just recently moved here from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently attending school for Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. I’m very outgoing and love exploring.
By day, I am a Call Center Project Specialist for a Brain and Spine company. By night (or early morning), I am your average movie-loving, pet-friendly, gym going, Costco sampler eatin’, and a bit of a workaholic kind of guy. I have a passion for animals of all kinds and would love for you to give me the chance to interact with them. One of the most heartfelt things in this world that I find interesting is how animals and humans can have such a wonderful bond. They are more than just pets. They are roommates, your child, a friend, and even considered a member of your family. They are the extension of your love. Overall, I enjoy taking care of all kinds of animals.
So that’s me. As silly as I seem to be, I truly am responsible, driven, and have a lot of compassion for people and animals. I’m dedicated when it comes to working and always try to see the positives versus the negatives out of life. If you allow me to come work for you, I will promise you good results. Thanks for reading me!

Susan Day

Pet Sitter

My name is Susan Day and I live in Holly Springs, NC, just outside Fuquay Varina, with my husband. I’m originally from Ohio, but have also lived in New York and Pennsylvania. I moved to Charlotte, NC in 1995 to take a job as a Database Engineer with Bank of America. I later moved to Cary in 2003 when I married my husband. Then in 2008 we bought our home in Holly Springs.
My love for animals goes back to my childhood. Growing up we had several Sheltie collies and a couple cats. Then in my adult life I’ve had a Siberian husky, 2 Sheltie collies, a miniature poodle, a dwarf rabbit, a parrot, a conure, 2 Pomeranians, and now a small rescue dog. I am also currently volunteering at Corral Riding as a feeder and groomer of their 11 rescue horses, and have been doing this for the past 4 years.
Every animal has its own personality and I love interacting with the cuties and taking care of them.

Jolanda Malone

Pet Sitter

Hello, my name is Jolanda Malone and I am originally from the Bronx, New York, and moved to North Carolina in 2018. Since I was a little girl I would help stray animals find forever homes. I was able to do this with the help of my Abuela.  Since then I have always played a big part in the community by helping people and animals. I have 10 years of experience working with cats and dogs in animal shelters, hospitals, fostering, TNR, pet daycare, dog walking, and pet sitting. 
In the past, I have worked as a dog walker, pet sitter, bather, fundraiser, kennel technician, and I provided TNR services in my area and educated the community on what they can do to help limit the number of strays outside. I worked as an Animal Care Officer and Adoption Coordinator, where I would help intake animals at the shelter, provide vaccinations, and help the cats/dogs find forever homes. I realized my passion was not only for helping animals but also for bringing the community together so we all can make a difference. In 2021, I started a Non-Profit Organization that builds relationships with low-income families with pets by providing resources and support. 
I have cats of my own and love them to infinity and beyond. As me being a paw parent I know how it feels going on vacation and wondering what they are up to and making sure they are alright.  Being a Pet Sitter has always felt like I was the auntie coming to stay with the kids while their mom and dad went on vacation. Seeing their face light up, tails wag, purr, or just that brush up on my leg for some much-needed rubs is always a great feeling.  A day with fur babies is a day living in my passion.

Brant Downing

Pet Sitter

Hello everyone, my name is Brant Downing and I have lived in Fuquay Varina for 10 years,  I like to meet new people with their pets.  I moved to North Carolina from Great Falls, Virginia in 2006. I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with Bachelors’s of Fine Arts. I worked for the government as a Graphic Designer contractor for 10 years in Northern Virginia. I also have 10 years of experience as a HAB Technician with deaf/ autistic clients with A Small Miracle, Inc in Raleigh, NC. I have 30+ experiences from puppies to adult dogs. Currently, I have two dogs, a 4-year-old mixed terrier – Luki and 14-year-old chihuahua – Chickfila. Plus 3 years old mixed Savannah cat – Pip. I had several dogs and cats in my life like dachshunds, mixed beagles, and black lab. I love animals because they do have emotions and feelings like humans.

James Duffy

Pet Sitter

My name is James Duffy and I live in Apex, NC.  My family and I moved to North Carolina when I was a teenager and after high school, I lived in many different places, including Washington DC, Arizona, and in Italy for a summer.  After working in restaurants for a few years, I earned my degree and became a teacher.  During that time, I volunteered at several shelters and often watched friends’ pets just for fun.  About five years ago, I returned to North Carolina to be closer to my family.  I began pet sitting part-time for some friends since I enjoyed the flexible work schedule, and I fell in love with it.  Throughout my life, I’ve always had at least one pet, usually both a cat and a dog.  I’ve worked with animals of all sizes; my smallest dog has been five pounds and my biggest 140 (No one ever told me how much their cats weighed).  I’ve also worked with dogs with special needs, such as dogs that have medical or aggression problems.  Currently, I have a single, small dog, Quint, who is a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier).  I find that the key to caring for animals is a lot of patience, love, and communication.  I look forward to meeting you and your pet.

Emily Ramirez

Pet Sitter

Hello, my name is Emily Ramirez! I have two dogs named Cupcake (2-year-old Yorkipoo) and Cookie (9-year-old Daschund, poodle, shih-tzu, chihuahua mix). I’ve lived in Holly Springs for over 10 years and before that Cary. I love animals and have been pet sitting for a couple of years. I’m a patient, caring, responsible, and hard-working person and would love to care for your pets which are also your children, friends, and family. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

Samuel Walker

Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Samuel Walker, I am from Chapel Hill North Carolina. I have been pet sitting for four years and I just recently received my vet assistant license from wake tech. I have experience pet sitting dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits but working with dogs is my specialty. I have a dog of my own whom I love very much so I know the feeling of uncertainty when leaving them with a sitter. My goal is to treat your pet just like it is my own and give them the utmost care and love they need while you’re away. I look forward to sitting with your pet and creating a bond!