I lived in Florida for most of my life where I did a lot of animal rescue volunteer work; I worked along side with bully and greyhound rescues quite a bit. My current dog was actually a foster of mine that I ended up adopting since he just became such a crucial part of my life. I adopted my cat from a high kill animal shelter in Florida a few months before moving out here to North Carolina.
While Dawn's Pet Sitting and Dog Walking started recently, I've been pet sitting for almost going on 3 years now. I initially went to school for animal grooming and got certified as an animal groomer but found myself wanting to do more with animals than just groom. I've held a few jobs within the vet community as a kennel technician and was trained to do some vet assistant tasks; however, I found the medical aspect to not be quite what I was looking for. I then found myself to be employed at Camp Bow Wow which was a fun experience, however, I found it to be far less personal and more of a business structure and I wanted to find something that I could work more closely with animals. So my search continued. I volunteered at WCAS providing free grooming and also a feral cat rescue while I continued my pet job quest.
I found myself working at a pet food company as my next job; I learned a lot about pet nutrition and it was a fun job talking to people about their pets and their pet's needs. I still, however, was wanting to do something more hands on. I then starting doing some pet sitting and dog walking as a side job while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and found myself wanting to do more and more pet sitting and dog walking - I had finally found what my calling was. I loved being able to spend one-on-one time with people's pets - feeding, walking, playing fetch, tossing a ball - it was a great feeling to be able to help people and spend time with animals. Now I'm doing it as a occupation and I'm proud to say that I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world (even for a winning lottery ticket!). I look forward to meeting new pets and new people - I look forward to meeting and your pet(s)!