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 | Shani Schofield | Susan Kiama | Mikayla Bower | Jennifer Jordan | Susan Day | James Duffy | Tim Sicari | Kari Moncrief | Bryson Eaton | Donna Palacko | Maria Rubio | Hannah Campbell

Allison Smith


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!

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, 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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Tim Sicari

Pet Sitter

My name is Tim Sicari and I currently live in Holly Springs with my wife, daughter, and two cats. Originally from New York, my wife and I moved down here in 2015. Ever since the day I was born I have been around multiple dogs and more recently, multiple cats. In recent years I have become interested in aqua scaping and currently have two fish tanks in my home. I love animals and have always felt a connection with them, which is one of the reasons I thought to do pet sitting part-time. I am patient and gentle with all animals, and I look forward to being a companion to your pets while you are away. 

Kari Moncrief

Pet Sitter

Hi!  I am Kari from Cary!  I love all animals!  We moved to Cary in 2011 and absolutely love it here.  I was a former teacher for 12 years before moving here with my husband and now 2 teenagers. I started caring for neighbors’ pets about 7 years ago.  Along with doing some tutoring, and playing tennis, dog walking and pet sitting are my jam!  Nothing boosts my mood more than spending time with animals. I have had animals my whole life from dogs to gerbils to birds. Right now we have 2 labs shown in the picture above. The yellow English lab is Addie and the chocolate rescue lab is Brody. Addie is 3 years old and full of energy and Brody is around 12 years old and the boss of everyone. They are the sweetest most loving dogs.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets and getting a chance to spend time with them!  

Bryson Eaton

Pet Sitter

My name is Bryson Eaton, I am 21, I have lived in North Carolina my entire life. Born on Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was raised all around Wake County, currently living on the Apex/Cary border by Lake Pine (Apex Community Park). 
I have worked in a kennel environment for 2 years, approaching 3. I have worked at Proactive Dog Training and Camp Bow Wow, I have experience in training, different breeds, different sizes, different temperaments, medicating, feeding, walking, cleaning, and of course making sure the dog has had plenty of playtime. I know a happy dog is a tired dog. 
I’ve had 9 cats, 6 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 2 bearded dragons, a leopard tailed gecko, a bunny, and a Mississippi map turtle. But, I currently only have an American Staffordshire Terrier – Zofia, and a Mississippi map turtle – Bravo. I guess I could put “Petting zoo attendant” on my resume.
A bit about me before I even get to meet you and your furry friend, I am an aspiring photographer. I’ve done shoots for/of the moon, rock festivals, prom, cars, plants, wildlife, landscapes, dogs, basically anything my eyes can see I have passion in capturing. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and when I am looking through the viewfinder everything glistens. I also aspire to hike the Smokies, so taking your dog on a walk with my bag will help me build stamina and strength. I look forward to relieving the stress of having to be away from your pet and the stress on your pet being away from you.

Donna Palacko

Pet Sitter

Hello! My name is Donna. I retired and relocated from Connecticut to NC in 2012 to be closer to family. I love to knit, walk, read, and spend time with my sister’s dogs. I grew up with animals and love them all.

Maria Rubio

Pet Sitter

Hi, my name is Maria and I come from a family of animal lovers including my daughter who plans on becoming a veterinarian when she is older.  My love of animals began in El Salvador where I was born and raised.  It was there I cared for my chickens, cows, dogs and cats, even rabbits! In California, where I spent many years, I loved taking care of my family’s pets.  When it came to their doggies, I would take them on trails and hikes whenever I could.  I consider it a gift to be able to take care of and enjoy time with animals.

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 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!