Our Staff

Just like our furry friends, each one of our pet sitters has a different look and personality. While we all come from different backgrounds and have different talents and interests, we have a few common elements that make us similar: We are all responsible, dependable pet lovers!
Dana
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Dana

Owner

Dana earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2001 and soon after started Chicago Pet Sitters. Today, she runs Chicago Pet Sitters with the help of her pups and an amazing group of dog walkers and pet sitters. When she isn't submerged in CPS, she's learning about pet health and nutrition while chasing around her 2-year-old!

Dana

Dan

Dan

General Manager

Dan is Chicago Pet Sitters’ General Manager. Born and raised in the Rust Belt, Dan lived in Nashville, TN for 12 years where he met his wife and received a bachelor’s degree in Social Justice and a master’s degree in Community Development from Vanderbilt University. When he’s not inspiring our staff, he’s caring for his new baby boy Andrew!

Dan

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Marcus

Office Coordinator

Marcus is Chicago Pet Sitters' Office Coordinator. He returned to Chicago after living in Los Angeles for 2 years following graduation from Columbia College Chicago for a degree in Audio Engineering and Music Business. Today, Marcus lives in Lakeview with his pup Theo and continues to make music while ensuring Chicago Pet Sitters is organized and running smoothly!

Marcus

Kyle J

Kyle

Pet Care Specialist & Staff Manager

Kyle serves as Chicago Pet Sitters' part-time Staff Manager in addition to working as a Pet Care Specialist. When he’s not working with CPS he is likely playing piano, practicing with one of his bands or doing something involved with music. He loves all animals, yoga and living a vegan lifestyle.

Kyle

Tiffany

Tiffany

Pet Care Specialist

Tiffany is a Chicago native who is schooled-out after having recently completed her master’s degree. When she is not reading about or watching something on crime, she enjoys playing with her two cats Isaac Newton and Einstein, indulging her literal card-carrying, space-nerd side and travelling

Tiffany

Stefan

Stefan

Pet Care Specialist

Stefan moved to Chicago from Madison in 2015 where he was finishing up his graduate studies. Having grown up with terriers (and for a brief while a guinea pig) throughout his childhood, he also retains a particular fondness for his former black lab, Jasmine. In addition to his association with CPS, he enjoys engaging with the local Chicago Shambhala community along with exploring his interests in Integrally-informed arts and education.

Stefan

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Pet Care Specialist

Outside of loving on your pets, Elizabeth is an avid cinemaphile, an incorrigible clown, a board game and trivia enthusiast, and an adventurer at heart. Additionally, she can make a great from-scratch loaf of bread and, if invited, will bring it to any dog birthday party!

Elizabeth

Michael

Michael

Pet Care Specialist

Michael grew up around animals, namely dogs, cats and guinea pigs. He enjoys taking care of, playing with, and spoiling animals, and he believes a deeper understanding and relationship with animals starts by respecting them and treating them with kindness.

Michael

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Jessica

Pet Care Specialist

Jessica is originally from Northern California. She has a little pug with a big personality named Pickles. Jessica enjoys dancing and riding her bike around the city in her free time. She is a standup comedian and aspires to one be a comedy or late-night TV writer.

Jessica

Cathy

Pet Care Specialist

Cathy is a former managing editor of a pet-related trade magazine who has turned her lifelong love for cats into a pet-sitting career. One of the first things she did upon moving from central Illinois to Chicago in the early 90s was to start volunteering at a cat shelter, and she has been involved with the animal welfare community in one way or another ever since. When not caring for her own clowder and a colony of feral cats in her alley, she enjoys biking, reading and volunteering at her neighborhood food pantry.

Cathy

Chris

Chris

Chris was born and raised in Chicago. After rescuing his cattle dog mix, he decided to change his decade-long career of massage therapy to begin working in animal care. To boot, he loves being outdoors, staying active and riding his bike around the city, so this is the perfect job for him!

Chris

Darcy

Darcy

Pet Care Specialist

Darcy enjoys yoga, dancing, and other movement practices. She can also be found reading books from the library, tending to her vegetable garden, or photographing plants around her neighborhood.

Darcy

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Rin

Pet Care Specialist

Rin loves hanging out with all kinds of animals! They’ve had a huge interest in them ever since they were little. Rin likes getting to know their personalities and funny little quirks— it’s like making a new friend. (A new fluffy friend!) Rin is also a bit of a foodie, so for fun they like to try out new restaurants or cooking new recipes at home. On the weekends, Rin enjoy spending time outside with their own fur babies, or in the garden or at the beach. Rin's big dream is to be working actor here in Chicago, to get an agent and start performing! They're also a big fan of all things nerdy!

Rin

Annie

Annie

Pet Care Specialist

Annie has always had a symbiotic relationship with animals and loves learning their nonverbal (and verbal, they can be witty conversationalists :D) ways of communication. She spends much of her time with her sweet cat Meatloaf, practicing the theremin (which she just started learning this year!), and, in pre-covid times, performing. Pet sitting is an amazing fit for her, as it keeps her around animals and gives her the flexibility to pursue her art!

Annie

Amelia

Amelia

Pet Care Specialist

Amelia loves animals because she had always had dogs and cats in her life and really value the importance of human-animal connections. It's very important to her to have that kind of love and compassion in life, and to be able to give love and compassion in turn.

For fun she oil paints, draws, sculpts, reads and experiments with cooking. On the weekends you can find her painting or working on classwork (She's a senior undergraduate at SAIC - School of the Art Institute of Chicago). You can also find her checking out virtual gallery exhibits (pre-covid, it would've been in person), cooking and maybe binge watching some hulu if it's a slow day.

Amelia

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Molly

Pet Care Specialist

Molly has always had an intense love for animals and nature, it was something she learned to appreciate at a young age thanks to her dad and all of the time they spent outdoors!

What she loves most about spending time with dogs and cats is the love that they will show you if you let them. Dogs can be more obvious in their love for you, but when cats choose to show you love it feels a little more special.

In her free time, she has been trying to get into better shape by taking long walks with her dog and picking up hiking, she's picked up bike riding since the weather has gotten nicer as well as lifting some weights. Which is probably how she will spend her weekends, as well as playing some video games. The only other things to know about her is her intense love for Lord of the Rings, Food Network and HGTV, as well as wrestling.

Molly

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Trina

Pet Care Specialist

Trina is looking for more fulfilling jobs in life, and pet sitting is perfect because she currently doesn't have a pet of her own but she loves animals! She loves being able to talk to pets that way she talks with people, and is able to be herself around them. Animals are authentic and have such funny little habits, so it's fun to get to see all their differences.

The other thing she loves and wants to focus on is her writing. She comes from the poetry world, but has recently starting a journey into screenwriting. She also has a background in psychology; her major interests are all connected to helping others. Trina sees the value of connection now more than ever and wants to communicate more with all kinds of people over the next 12 months.

Trina

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Lane

Pet Care Specialist

Lane is a lover of animals because of the energy that can be shared and enjoyed between all parties! They find comfort spending time with animals by getting to see and know all of the things that make pets uniquely them.

Outside of work, Lane enjoys settling down with a cup of tea to read or express themselves through some form of a creative outlet. A typical weekend for them consists of catching up with their friends and watching animated movies!

Lane's current goals consist of getting more involved in any and all forms of art, which they hope to expand upon and continue growing with in the future. Lane is a kind and courteous individual that can’t wait to get to know and share some love with your pets!

Lane

Miso

Miso

Muse

2004-2017
Miso is the inspiration behind Chicago Pet Sitters. In 2005, Dana was working as an editor for a NY-based magazine. After unsuccessfully finding the quality of care she wanted for her 1-year-old Chihuahua, she decided to start her own pet care company. What started as a part-time passion soon became a full-time qualitative service, and the care she expected for Miso is now the care Chicago Pet Sitters is committed to providing every single day.

Miso