I am a quiet 48 year old animal lover living in Kamloops, BC and have been pet sitting for over two decades. I was raised in Qualicum Beach where I started kindergarten and graduated high school before heading off to Victoria to attend college and become a private care nurse, specializing in Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. I come from a big family of animal lovers & animal rescuers and grew up with animals of all descriptions including dogs, cats, pygmy goats, cows, horses, miniature ponies, chickens, rabbits, pheasants, a miniature donkey, and hamsters! We even had turtles and fish. In 2000, I moved to BC's Cariboo region where I lived for 15 years on my family's 1000 acre horse and cattle ranch surrounded by and caring for animals of all sizes. I helped birth calves and foals and raise chicks.....and had several pet foxes and squirrels and cared for many feral cats. For several years I had 23 pets....all rescues! I also became a Registered Nutritionist and obtained my degree in Travel & Tourism during that time, and also traveled extensively through over 45 countries in Europe, South America, and the Caribbean, and all over Mexico, the USA and Canada. Iceland, Italy, Ireland, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and England were my favourites! Vancouver island called me back in 2015 where I happily resided for nearly 6 years in the Oceanside area with my husband Darren and various pet cats and dogs. It was during this time on Vancouver Island that I decided to pursue my love of pet sitting on a full time basis, become completely insured, bonded and certified in Animal Health and officially started "The Cat's Meow Pet Sitting Services", with great support from the community and instant full time success. In January 2021 my husband and I purchased a new home in downtown Kamloops in order to be closer to family and my husband's new job.
I have been blessed with being a "mom" to over 25 unique cats and over 20 beautiful dogs in my life, all rescues and several have been disabled. My first cat was a beautiful pure white cat named Fluffy who had one blue eye and one green eye, a bright pink nose and loved cauliflower and corn on the cob. My first dog was a beagle cross named Tippy who I loved to dress up in my doll clothes! I adore all animals! I really feel I have a special connection with them. My dream, which I am determined to fulfill, is to have an animal sanctuary that gives unwanted, elderly, and disabled animals a “furever” home and I will name it after my beautiful best friend (& Irish Setter) Hannah.
In my spare time you will find me covered in cat and dog hair with my furkids, taking photographs, cooking vegetarian meals, hanging out with my family, researching travel destinations, attempting to be crafty, painting, attending community events, visiting with good friends, volunteering for animal charities, listening to music, watching documentaries and BBC, and exploring antique stores and this beautiful area of BC, all with my animal loving husband Darren who is a psychologist specializing in Autism and spectrum disorders and a woodworker/cabinet maker and musician. I like to keep myself educated and am always keeping myself updated when it comes to animal care.
I also enjoy supporting in different ways various BC animal based charities including various animal rescue organizations including Small Dog Rescue Society and am an approved foster cat mother through the BCSPCA.