Our Team

Shira Winitzky

SHIRA WINITZKY

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.

Jilliann B.

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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 C.

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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.

Alison H.

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Alison grew up here in sunny Southern California, she has two cats who are brother and sister, Jazzi and Angel, she adopted them from her local animal shelter where she volunteered in high school. Alison has grown up with cats and dogs her whole life, She has been pet sitting for the past 9 years and loves animals of all kinds. She will care for your pets as if they are her own, with lots of love and attention!

Andrew G.

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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.

Ashley A.

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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 R.

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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 R.

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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 O.

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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 O.

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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!

Drew K.

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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 Q.

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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 S.

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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!

Carmen U.

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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.

Jamie O.

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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 S.

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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.

Karina L.

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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.

Mandy J.

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Mandy has always been extremely passionate for animals. Growing up in Mississippi with loving parents who took allergy shots to accommodate for Mandy’s love, she was surrounded with all types of pets…dogs, hamsters, rabbits, turtles, fish, hermit crabs, and her specialty cats! She is an experienced cat caregiver having worked over a year at Best Friends Animal Society and can handle many varieties of animals but truly thrives in cat behavior and handling. She loves all animals, is never afraid to get her hands dirty and has many years of pet sitting experience for friends and colleagues. She loves her pets as family and strives to care for yours with the same unconditional heart.

Patricia R.

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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.

Samantha M.

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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 L.

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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 M.

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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!

Stephanie H.

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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!

Tristan A.

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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.