Hi! I’m Shira Winitzky, the owner of Valley Pet Sitting. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved animals. In fact, since I didn’t have any dogs of my own at the time, I would go door to door around my Woodland Hills neighborhood, offering dog walks. Growing up in the Valley, I would take care of homes, horses, and animals of all kind. I graduated in 2002 from San Diego State, with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, and following that I worked a corporate desk job for years. In 2010, I decided to risk it all and start my own Pet Sitting business. I’ve always loved to help people, and always admired the connection between pets and people, so I thought what a better way to help than to care for people’s homes and animals while they were on vacation? I started small, with only 5 clients and myself as the sole pet sitter.
Then, as the demand increased and business picked up, I hired some office managers to help with new clients, screening and training them carefully to be as thoughtful, loving, and committed to them as I am. Now with hundreds of clients added to our VPS family, and a service area spanning throughout Thousand Oaks and the San Fernando Valley, I can proudly say that my dreams for Valley Pet Sitting have come true! I will never forget where we came from, and this vision has carried forth in my business practice: to treat every client as though they are our only client!! We look forward to working with you, loving your animals as though they are our own, and showing you what makes us special.
Having grown up with animals, Kristen developed a passion early on. It started with her Golden Lab Duke, holding him in her lap, then riding his back once he outgrew her! She found and adopted a hamster, brought a frog home from school, and adopted a kitten a few years later. Now that she’s on her own, she rescued two amazing sibling cats that steal her heart and are forever trying to play tricks on her! The best part is they are head over heels for her daughter, born only a year after she rescued them. The three are inseparable and it brings Kristen joy knowing her daughter gets to experience the special bond between people and animals at such a young age. As the General Manager of Valley Pet Sitting, Kristen comes to us with several years of hospitality and office experience, working behind the scenes at Valley Pet Sitting ensuring everyone receives the five star care we are known for!
Irina was born in Russia and moved to California with her family twenty years ago. She had a deep love for animals as a child and often rescued stray pets in her neighborhood. She spent two years volunteering at a local pet shelter by walking dogs and brushing cats. Her childhood pets included a rabbit named Zaichik and a kitty named Lucy as well as a turtle. Growing up, her love grew to include more exotic animals as well, adopting a Brazilian Rainbow Boa named Hunter. She took various trips for the opportunity to interact with animals which included lions, giraffes, and cheetahs. Anything to expand upon her interactions with animals. Being the Operations Manager, Irina comes to VPS with a vast experience in customer service and running day to day administrative management tasks. Her goal is to make every interaction with your pet a special and unique experience.
Areli loves and enjoys being with all type of animals, especially dogs. Either big or small she treats them all like her baby. She enjoys working with energetic pets who love to play, just as much as she likes spending time with a more laid-back pet and making them happy. She is patient and caring, and has been surrounded by dogs for 15 years now since her first Rottweiler to her now 8 month old Pit bull pup. She began working in the hospitality field and transitioned into a customer service agent to work front office for a doggy daycare facility. During her time at the daycare facility, she was able to ensure client’s satisfaction and create a unique bond with them and their furry friends. She is passionate about pets having a great time during their own little vacation while their owners are away, and looks forward to building a relationship with and bonding with your pets.