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, 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 and bonding with your pets.
Jilliann is 29 years old and has loved animals her entire life. She grew up in the valley with dogs, birds, hamsters and fish. In 2011 she decided to join Animal Behavior College to become a dog trainer, and finished in late 2012. She has been taking care of animals for friends and family for many years. She has 5 cats and 3 dogs as well as 1 lizard. Jilliann lives by the philosophy: Treat all animals as if they are 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.
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!
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!
Chris is a college student whose love for animals goes as far back as he can remember. He hopes to graduate with a degree in kinesiology and go on to help rehabilate athletes. Chris grew up raising two german shepherds and a parrot. Since a child he learned to treat pets as family. Chris has cared for anything from delicate to hyper animals and looks foward to creating a bond with each and every pet.
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 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.
Gavin grew up always having a dog in his life, including one of a few puppies that were rescued off the street when he was nine years old. He has experience looking after family and friends’ pets when they are away, feeding and walking them as well as staying overnight keeping them company. He is a patient and calm person who has love for all animals, but his passion belongs to dogs. He currently has 1 dog at home, a Shih Tzu named Roger who he loves deeply.
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!
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.
Jose is in his 4th year at CSUN and will graduate with a bachelor in Kinesiology. After that, he will be applying to chiropractor school in pursuit of his passion to be a Chiropractor one day. In his spare time, he loves working out, running, going on hike and participating in obstacle races. He grew up with animals his whole life. He owns 5 love birds and 8 parakeets but loves all kinds of animals and they all love him. He loves being around animals and will be your pets next best friend!
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!
Lindsey grew up on a blueberry farm in Florida taking care of pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, horses, and donkeys. Her dad nick-named her Ellie Mae growing up because she was always bringing home animals. Some of Lindsey’s pets were ‘Buttercup’ the pig, ‘Pe’pe’ the skunk, and ‘Herbie’ the hedgehog among many. Lindsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Film making from Orlando Florida. She is a passionate vegan and animal right’s activist. She currently volunteers for a Non Profit organization called ‘Fight Dog Meat’ and is organizing the Los Angeles ‘World Animal Compassion Day’ event. She also has experience taking care of 80 dogs and cats at a kennel in Sun Valley. Lindsey is deeply in tune to animals and how they’re feeling. She will treat your beloved fur babies as her own and shower them with tons of love and affection.
Pat grew up in upstate New York caring for his dog Emeril. His dog was an unforgettable friend, who made an incredible impact on Pat’s life. He understands that whether you have a dog, cat, bird or horse, an animal can be more than just a great friend, but a member of your family as well. Pat looks forward to watching over your pet and giving them the care, attention and love they so rightfully deserve.
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.
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.
Sophia was born and raised in Los Angeles, and knows the city well. She is focusing on getting her degree in either psychology or child development. Growing up, she would always dogsit, and walk all of her friend’s and neighbor’s animals. Her family has always had a jungle of animals, from birds to snakes to fish to guinea pigs, and of course, dogs and cats. She is responsible and caring, and looks forward to meeting your pets!
Tesia has lived in Woodland Hills for 18 years. She is currently a Pre-Veterinary Medicine student. She also works part-time at an emergency and specialty animal hospital. She has had a passion for animals her whole life, and by extension has been a vegetarian for 8 years. Tesia will give all your pets the love and attention they deserve.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Eliana was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and just recently moved to the San Fernando Valley. She has developed a passion for animals from a very young age. Growing up she was surrounded by all different types of animals like; lizards, hamsters, chickens, horses, cats, birds and dogs. Eliana has volunteered at animal shelters for the past five years. Making your loving pets feel safe and comfortable is Eliana’s number one priority while visiting your home. She will always go above and beyond to meet your pet’s needs.
Giselle is a very upbeat, friendly, and positive person. She comes from a big loving family with two dogs that she loves dearly. She is highly responsible and reliable in taking actions for herself. When it comes to taking care of anyone’s pet she goes above and beyond to ensure that they are feeling safe, happy, and taken care of. She has two dogs of her own since she was younger and is taught well on how to care and look after them. She is bilingual in Spanish/English and has excellent communication skills.
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.
Jordan has had a love for all things animal related ever since he was young. Although born in Canada, he spent most of his younger years in Europe, growing up in Switzerland. However, he has now lived in Ventura County for 14 years and currently works as a Home Health Aide caring for Seniors. He has two dogs, Newman a French Bulldog and Dougie a Teacup Shih-Tzu. Jordan has worked in several sectors of the pet care industry, and previously worked as Kennel Technician for a high end pet hotel. In his work, Jordan continues to find great satisfaction and joy, caring for both people and pets. His priority is to provide your furry, feathered, or scaled companions with love and top quality care.
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.
While working at both a CA state park that allows dogs on trails, and as a kennel attendant, Laura has always gone out of her way to make sure that the animals in her care are happy and safe. Numerous times she has relocated venomous snakes away from highly populated areas to protect guest and their pets. While volunteering at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, and working as a kennel attendant, she learned how to administer medications to dogs, various training techniques, and how to read animal body language. She also has experience caring for cats, snakes, fish, and lizards.
Laura’s first love in this world was her dog of 15 years. She trained him to sit, stay, walk well on a leash, play hide and seek, and how to follow her bike to name a few. She even trained her parent’s slightly older dog who had some trust problems. She would love to help other people and animals find the same level of true friendship, and trust that formed between her family and their pets.
Megan was born and raised in Ventura County and has found her passion with animals. She is currently in the process of enrolling at the Animal Behavior College to start a career as a vet assistant. She currently has 2 dogs and a cat that she loves and takes care of as well as pet sitting friends, family and neighbors animals most weekends. She has experience in dog obedience training that she learned from her mother who had a side career in dog training. She is looking forward to meeting your animals and meeting your needs.
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 McCullough moved to Los Angeles 11 years ago as a young actress. That slowly grew its way into writing, music, and the arts. As a child she growing 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 at Petco and caring for all the fish as well as small animals, birds, and reptiles at the store. At home she has 2 dogs and a rabbit, for now – always adding to the family!
Growing up with her dog Shadow, Sarah was given the responsibility to care for her pup exclusively, which sparked her interest in animals and opened up a lifelong love for all furry friends! After high school, Sarah worked multiple animal daycare jobs and work became fun, not a chore. Going into college, Sarah realized that she wanted to work with animals as a permanent career, and is majoring in zoology at Moorpark College. She will get to know your pet’s personality and make sure they are well cared for. She is dedicated, and she can’t wait to meet you!
Stephen has always had a love of animals, he works as a foster for Best Friends Animal Society and has a small zoo of his own at his house 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 birds 7 turtles, a lot more reptiles, 12 fish tanks salt and fresh water, and a bunch of small mammals. He has taken classes in herpetology, zoology, and animal nutrition. Every day Stephen is excited to learn more and care about animals and he would love to share that excitement with your pets.
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.