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 I thought what better way 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 team members to help, screening and training them carefully to be as thoughtful, loving, and committed to their clients as I was. Now, with over 20 Valley Pet Sitters, hundreds of clients, and a service area spanning Thousand Oaks to Van Nuys, Chatsworth, Northridge and Granada Hills, 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.
Jilliann is a huge animal lover with 12 animals of her own including dogs, birds, hamsters, fish and another 3 dogs in her home that belong to her roommates. Jilliann has grown up with animals since birth and couldn’t envision life without them. In 2011 she joined an Animal Behavior College for Dog Training and finished in later 2012. There isn’t anything in the world that she would rather do than surround herself with all types of fur babies all the time. Jilliann lives by the philosophy “Treat all animals as if they were your own”.
Alex is a student at Cal State Northridge majoring in Economics. She adores animals, and has experience caring for a wide variety- cats, dogs, hamsters, fish… even chickens and horses! At home, she enjoys the company of her beautiful rescue cat, Penelope. Alex is thrilled for the opportunity to watch over your precious pets, because the only things better than animal loving people are the animals themselves.
Andrew is a exceptionally hard worker and does his best in all aspects of life. As a pet owner, he manages three loving animals – two dogs and a new family member, Waffle the cat. He has taken care of turtles, chickens, goats at his school, rabbits, even insects to millipedes and spiders. He’s always willing and wanting to learn from others. Currently he’s studying at Pierce College with a major of Veterinary Technician and hopes to work more in that field later on in life.
Aryana was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attends Pierce College at the moment, persusing her career towards a degree in animal behaviorism. Since a young age, Aryana has had a strong passion working with animals and has had many experiences taking care of different animals including cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, barn animals, frogs, parrots…you name it! She also has volunteered at shelters as well as rescue groups in recent years. Aryana currently has a loving feline companion named Milo, whom she saved when he was only a few weeks old. She looks forward to meeting and taking care of your pet!
Ashley is in her final year of the credential program at Cal State University of Northridge to become a secondary English teacher. Growing up in the Los Angeles area she has spent her whole life surrounded by animals owning 4 dogs, 3 cats and 1 turtle. Having a passion and love for animals Ashley strives to offer your pets the best caregiving experience. She makes a promise to offer the same care, love and helpfulness to your pets as she does to her students.
Bruce loves to spend his time playing instruments and visiting animal shelters for fun. He shares an equal amount of love for all creatures and people. He has been raising his cat, Ozzy, since he was 8 years old, and they are truly the best of friends. He also has 2 other dogs he and his family raise together, Bella and Lola. Bruce believes he can find a good connection in all animals, even the feisty ones, for he knows that even some good connections take time.
His goal is to eventually take off in the music business, but his love for animals is another strong passion that he has. He also enjoys spending time with his amazing friends, family, and pets of course. Bruce is truly thrilled to have the title of being a pet sitter, and hopes he can make new friends with ALL animals and their owners everywhere!
Cecilia Ramirez is 25 years old and has loved animals all her life. She is currently attending Pierce College studying Pre-Vet. She has been taking care of animals for family and friend for many years. She was an intern at Century Veterinary Group and worked at Rover Kennels Hotel. She has two dogs. She treats all animals like if they were her own! She is sweet, kind, caring, and can’t wait to meet your pet!
Christopher is a student studying English in order to pursue a career in education. From an early age, he expressed a love for all kinds of animals but had a special place in his heart for dogs. Christopher’s experience caring for animals began at an early age with his first dog, a Pug named Buzz. He has cared for hundreds of animals since then, fostering dozens of dogs for local animal shelters, and taking care of his own dogs, cats, hamsters, and turtles throughout his life. Christopher prides himself on being punctual, attentive, and dedicated.
Christy has been an animal lover all her life, and was lucky enough to have parents allowing her to have any kind of pet imaginable. She grew up having turtles, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and rats. She loved and care for every single one of them, and it made her childhood happy and complete. She looks forward to helping you with your own pets!
Cole is an aspiring Veterinarian with a lifetime passion for all animals. For the past two years, he has been employed at William S. Hart Park working with a variety of animals ranging from chickens, cows, pigs, deer, bison, alpaca and more. As for pets pets, Cole has cared for dogs, cats, tortoises, snakes, as well as hermit crabs. Currently a college freshman, Cole hopes to get his bachelor’s degree in biology and then apply to Veterinary school where he can turn his passion and care for animals into a lifelong career. Whether it be rescuing an owl stunned by a run in with a windshield or a treating a dog with a small cut, Cole strives to help every animal in need.
Dalton is a recent graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While there, he became known around campus as Dickinson’s resident “squirrel whisperer,” to the point that he was interviewed by the school newspaper (the article can be found here). He has lived with animals all his life and currently resides in the San Fernando Valley with his two cats, Banks and The Kitten, whom he intends to designate as Best Man and Ringbearer at his wedding, respectively.
Drew grew up in the West Valley caring for his two dogs Rufus and Lulu, as well as pet fish and hamsters. He realizes the extra attention and care mean all the world to the animals. He loves his pets and treats all animals like family. Drew is heading to Moorpark college in the fall and is excited to devote his time to taking care of animals.
Fiorella is 20 years old and has lived in Thousand Oaks, California all her life. Her passion for animals began when she got her very first pet dog, Daisy, a Chihuahua – Pomeranian mix, when she was 7 years old. She is currently studying to become a veterinary assistant as she wants to be in a field that helps care for animals of all kinds. She has experience caring for other people’s pets including dogs, cats, rabbits and chameleons, when they are out of town. She is very responsible and plans to take great care for your pets as if they are her own!”
Hanah has had dogs and other animals all of her life. She is currently attending college and taking care of her two dogs (Lola and Charlie), fish, a snake, and a new addition to the family, a kitty! She does not believe in breed discrimination and loves all dogs of all shapes and sizes. Hanah grew up with two loving and goofy pitbulls that showed her nothing but love and kisses! She loves taking care of animals and it just makes her day that much better! She cannot wait to further her life loving and caring for as many animals as she can!
Isabella believes there is a spiritual connection between animals and people. She was born and raised in NYC, and comes to us with a great deal of experience with pets in family setting in addition to working at the Bronx Vet Clinic. Soon enough she adopted a Siberian Husky named Sasha; who quickly became family. Isabella also has cat named Ryoko who followed her home as a kitten a few years after getting Sasha. Isabella was able to train Ryoko to walk on leash but unfortunately Sasha likes her walks to be more personal, so Ryoko typically stays behind. Once she moved out to California, she began volunteering at the East Los Angeles Animal Shelter where her confidence in handling dogs of all breeds has grown and she strongly believes that there is no such thing as a dangerous breed. She is currently enrolled at Pierce College where she is pursuing her dream to be an Illustrator! In the meantime she wishes to bring happiness to your most special member of the family.
Carmen is studying to be a special education elementary school teacher. Her love for children and animals go hand in hand. She currently owns two cats and a dog. She has plenty of petsitting experience with Valley Pet Sitting, is a pet lover, and enjoys their company greatly. Although Carmen is small in stature, she has a great big heart, and has been known to walk Rottweilers and Pit Bulls! Carmen is a sweetheart, giving much love and attention to every visit, no matter what type of animal.
As far back as memory serves, Jamie has had a very close relationship with animals. Having grown up with dogs, cats, exotic birds, reptiles and volunteering her time at a local farm on weekends, animals of all kinds have always been what has made her happiest. In her adult life she has rescued and re-homed many dogs, and even adopted an orphaned opossum who became her friend for over 2 years. At summer camp she elected to dedicate her free time to helping out at the horse stables and become acquainted with how to properly care and maintain a healthy environment for several horse breeds. The last cat she owned lived until the ripe old age of 18, and currently her very best friend, a long haired chihuahua named Scottie, is still spritely as ever, running around at nearly 16. Jamie will always go out of her way to acknowledge an animal, especially dogs, and is comfortable with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages. She is extremely passionate about providing as happy and loving a time with your pet as her own and is very much looking forward to developing friendships with your fur babies!
Jordan is 20 years old, currently studying at Moorpark college. Pet sitting for friends, family, and clients has been something that he has done for years. He has a passion for animals, owning and caring for everything from reptiles and birds to dogs, cats, and rabbits. Jordan is very responsible and punctual, always delivering medicine on time and making sure the pets he cares for are well taken care of.
Karen was born in Colombia and raised in California. She is currently attending Pierce college and is a full time mom to 3 year old daughter, her two fur babies Brandy and Dulce, and her turtle Sophia. She has always loved animals and enjoys working with them. To her, pet sitting more than a job is a hobby, and she is happy to meet and take care of your pets and their individual needs.
Karina is a Greek-American active girl who adores animals! She owned dogs since she can remember herself (Golden retriever, Labrador and 4 mixed-breed dogs) and currently lives with 8 cats and 3 chickens. Karina has accommodated chickens, ducks, and goldfish for many years with her family. While she was a student in Greece, she would take care of stray dogs and cats and after taking them at the vet, and find them a loving home. Since she moved in LA she has been dog sitting/walking regularly.
Keren was born in Israel and moved with her family to California about 9 years ago. She loved animals from a very young age and was always passionate about making them happy. She has grown up with a dog named Shishi for the past 15 years! She took care of her daily and started to love taking care of animals of all kind. Keren has been pet sitting and dog walking for the past five years now! She treats every animal with as much love and care as if they were her own!
Patricia was born and raised in New Mexico. She has always taken great joy in caring for animals. She feels like she connects with animals more than people sometimes. Patricia grew up with house cats and took care of many strays in the neighborhood. You can call her a cat lady, but she always has to stop and pet a dog when she sees one. She has fostered cats as well as been a dog walker for quite some time, and loves the friendship and happiness animals bring to people and the strong bonds we have with them. Her goal in life is to be an animal caretaker. She enjoys all animals and believe they deserve all the love and care we can give.
Paul is a friendly and outgoing animal lover who’s history of animals dates back to childhood, where he was brought up with all kinds of animals and pets such as chickens, pigs, ducks, turtles, dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, and lizards to name a few! Paul has long had a special relationship with man’s best friend as he has always had a dog, or dogs, in his life. His early memories of his first pet dog have always kept him closely connected with animals and have showed how such bonds can be created. Sheeba, a beautiful Labrador with a jet black coat and a set of honest eyes was Paul’s first pet and main best friend. Sheeba would always say hello whether it was a day full of sunshine or a day full of rain, and in such devotion, surely taught the spirit of kindness and friendship. Such a loyal dog sticks with one’s memory for a lifetime. Paul has learned many lessons from various animals he has cared for over the years, and has applied them to his pursuit of music and general well being of the animal and people of this beautiful world.
Rachel is a resident of the world. Having spent many years of her life traveling and performing all over the world as a circus performer, She has always loved animals and the hardest part of leaving was always being separated from her dog, this is why she is taking a rest and spending time with her other passion, animals. She has three chihuahuas and one kitty.
Ever since Sam was a little girl, she’s always had a strong love for animals. She currently lives with her family and their four rescue dogs including her Jack Russell mix named Charlie (who is usually dressed up in her favorite unicorn costume). Having animals in her household her entire life has taught her how to give the care and compassion they need. She is extremely passionate about travel, being in the water (whether it be in the pool for swim practice or in the ocean scuba diving), environmental issue,s and making sure animals of all shapes and sizes, wild or tame, are treated with the love and respect they deserve. After just recently receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business & Nonprofit Communication from Cal State Channel Islands, she is hoping to soon work for an environmental or animal related nonprofit.
Samantha McCullough moved to Los Angeles in her childhood with her family – and their puppy in tow ! Los Angeles quickly nurtured her love of the arts into writing, music, and anything creative. As a child she grew up in West Texas living on a ranch, she was surrounded by animals and grew passionate about them. She took that passion with her to CA by continuing horseback riding, and working as an Aquatics Specialist Manager at Petco. Caring for all the fish, small animals, birds, and reptiles at the store. At home she has puppy Biscuit, her lab Molly, Misty a German Shepherd/Husky/Lab mix, a rabbit, 2 fish tanks, a Betta fish, 2 baby red eared sliders, 3 Caledonian Crested Geckos, a rat, and a snake. For now… – always adding to the family!
Sara was born and raised in Iowa, and grew up loving all animals. Since she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to help and take care of them. Her parents saw she was happiest being around animals, and would take her to a family friend’s farm to spend the day playing with their dogs and cats, and help feed the chickens and ducks. When she turned 13, her parents surprised her with a toy poodle named Teddy. When she made the decision to move to California, she brought Teddy with her. He is now 10 years old and is diagnosed with diabetes. She learned how to use a syringe to give him his insulin everyday, and makes sure he stays on a healthy diet.
Scarlett is currently studying at Moorpark College to become a licensed x-ray technician. She grew up in Sherman Oaks growing up and taking care of fish, hamsters, and even chickens. She has had many experiences with cats and dogs specifically. Her goal is to make sure any pet is met with their needs and desires and that they feel comfortable with her. She has 5 pets in her own home right now their names are Peanut, Cookie, Jane, Tarzan, and Sparky. She loves them unconditionally and each one has their very own box of toys and clothes that she’s spoiled them with. She wants the best for every pet and to take care of them in a loving, responsible manner. She looks forward to making sure each client come home to the happiest pets!
One could say Stephanie’s love for animals was present since birth because she learned everything she knows about animals and how to care for them from her mother, who is an Animal Control Officer and is involved in many different non-profit animal rescue organizations as well. Stephanie has cared for not only her own dogs, but also foster dogs, family friend’s dogs and many foster kittens over the years. She even has knowledge on how to deal with grumpy pets, including two of her own 17+ year old Chihuahua mixes. Stephanie is currently enrolled in college as a Biology major and enjoys taking care of pets of all shapes and sizes in her spare time. She is looking forward to meeting your pets and getting to know their individual, goofy personalities!
Tim is originally from Philadelphia, PA and grew up with a barn cat & dog. Tim is a graduate of East Carolina University and moved out west as soon as he got his degree. Now living in Los Angeles, he is father to a rescue corgi-chihuahua mix named Paco. Tim is a patient and energetic person who has love for all animals and is very active with his own dog Paco! He also loves dogs who are energetic or require lots of playtime. When it comes to taking care of anyone else’s pets, Tim goes above and beyond, ensuring that they are feeling safe, happy, and most importantly taken care of especially when their owner is away. He is extremely hardworking and believes that the world would be a better place if more humans had pet responsibilities in their lives.
Tristan is a native to the San Fernando Valley and started to care for animals from the age of 6. Throughout his life he has had pets ranging from dogs, cats, hamsters and even mice. Currently working on his Environmental Science degrees at Pierce College, Tristan spends his time taking care of his German Shepherd Max and his Pomeranian mix Coyote. In his free time he enjoys playing music and listen to his records. When it comes to taking care of any animal, he is sure to make that animal happy and well loved. He is a dependable and reliable person that one can trust when taking care of animals.