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

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

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

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

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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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Nathan

Pet Care Specialist

Nathan has lived in Chicago for 10 years, after moving here from Georgia. He grew up with dogs and now has two cats with his partner (with a dog hopefully soon!) He is 100% the person at the party who finds the pet. Animals of all kinds are drawn to Nathan and tend to trust him pretty quickly; he thinks this is because they can sense he’s basically just a Labrador who looks like a human. When not hanging out with animals, he works as a voice actor and loves to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Nathan

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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

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Katrina

Pet Care Specialist

Katrina is a current graduate student in clinical mental health counseling. She loves to spend her days surrounded by animals - she lives with two cats and two dogs! She enjoys to fill her free time with reading, writing, and exploring the city. She has a history in podcasting and radio and loves most forms of media.

Katrina

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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Jeff

Pet Care Specialist

Jeff is an actor and writer who is known among his friends as a Cat Whisperer. He is a passionate cinephile who writes film reviews and lives with the most handsome cat in Chicago, named Sir Toby.

Jeff

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Olivia

Pet Care Specialist

Olivia loves animals for each and every different personality they bring forth! They enjoy deciphering the non-verbal (and sometimes verbal) communication needed to anticipate their needs and wants. There is nothing better to them than knowing a pet is comfortable in their presence. On weekends, Olivia seeks out different low traffic spots to walk their own dog, reads and does yoga. Over the next year they hope to find a supportive community of folks with reactive dogs in Chicago. They also hope to apprentice as a welder through Chicago Women in Trades.

Olivia

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Diane

Pet Care Specialist

Diane inherited her love of animals from her Dad. She grew up w/ pet dogs while living at home w/ her parents & began “rooming” w/ her cats after moving into her 1st apartment. A lover of diversity, all of her cats have had diverse ethnicities!!

Although missing her miniature poodle & the long walks they shared, she still gets plenty of exercise at home playing w/ her 2 cats & her neighbors dog when she isn’t tending to her back yard, exploring city gardens or going to a ball game.

Some day she hopes to become a season ticket holder at Wrigley Field!

Diane

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Maya

Pet Care Specialist

Maya loves animals because they are cute, kind, and compassionate. What she loves the most about spending time with dogs/cats are the cuddles and kisses!

For fun, she likes to paint landscapes, and take walks at forest preserves. On the weekend, she likes to spend time with loved ones, visit a local forest preserve, or try out a new restaurant. She is excited to work with animals and meet new people!

Maya

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