(Owner/Operator) Clare is thrilled with her dual role as both manager and Critter Sitter. Originally trained as a teacher, Clare worked as a preschool teacher and play therapist before moving into educational publishing, where she’s held a variety of management roles while nurturing her dream to live on a big farm with a bunch of adopted dogs. Now Clare and her three dogs, Oz, Peanut, and Max, share their home and big backyard with many visiting critters, often taking the dogs for walks on the adjacent conservation land. In addition to caring for pets and managing the business, Clare is also a proud mom and Chair of Acton's Dog Park Committee. Clare is Pet CPR Certified.
Adrienne, a long-time animal lover and 22-year Acton resident, gets tremendous enjoyment from being surrounded by her three dogs, one cat, and two turtles. She has two adult children who have both definitely picked up the puppy-love bug from their mom. Her son, in Florida, has two dogs and her daughter, in Oklahoma, has a dog and a cat. Adrienne is super excited to help care for your pets. Adrienne is Pet CPR Certified.
Alexis is a long-time dog owner and animal lover who recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in History. Along with caring for her furry "children," Alexis provides core support in our growing office. When not playing with all sorts of animals, she enjoys traveling and cooking with friends.
Amanda is one of our most versatile Critter Sitters, at ease with just about any animal under any circumstance. She's owned dogs and cats, and now gets her furry friend fix here at work. Aside from pet sitting, Amanda’s keenest interests are music and art.
Amy has a love for all creatures great and small. She is an experienced pet sitter, dog walker and advocate for animals. Amy has a big heart and even a bigger amount of patience! She is excellent connecting with elderly, very ill or "stranger danger" fur babies - many say "she has the touch"! Amy has rescued several dogs and cats over the years and considers every animal she works with an extension of her family. Volunteering with animals is Amy's passion, and we're lucky to have her!
Carrie is a mother of three boys and an owner of two great dogs, Noah and Eva. In the 14+ years she has been a Critter Sitter, she has befriended countless families in the West Acton area. Each one can attest to the care and love Carrie has shown their pets. She has an affinity for animals and they have the same for her. Carrie takes pride in attending to the smallest of details when assisting owners with their critters, houses, and gardens, allowing her clients to enjoy a retreat with complete confidence that their household is in capable hands.
Diane started out as a client, then became a Critter Sitter — and has been associated with us for over 24 years! She is a graduate and Certified Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. Diane is also an assistant trainer for the Charles River Dog Training Club in Waltham. She and her dog, Frieda, are also registered members of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. Diane enjoys being outdoors, walking dogs in many of Acton’s conservation lands.
Elizabeth has loved cats since before she can remember. She always had cats in her life, nursing several through old age illnesses. Elizabeth had Havana Browns for a number of years, whom she showed to several national wins. Being a sponge for anything to do with cats, she has built quite a knowledge base, which she readily shares with our team. Elizabeth holds a Masters’ degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University. She currently lives in West Acton with her partner and his two daughters, as well as her two rescue cats and a former feral cat that she tamed.
Evan enjoys nature in all forms, so he really looks forward to his daily trail runs with the dogs and can often be seen with his pack around Pratt's Brook. When not "running with the dogs," Evan also enjoys canoeing, camping, coaching soccer, and spending time with his new daughter, Sadie.
Along with a daughter, Jenn is also the proud “parent” of four rescue animals — two dogs and a cat — and in the past, horses and other critters. A semi-retired social worker and high school educator, Jenn enjoys time outside, preferably with animals and her garden. Jenn holds an Associates Degree in Vet Tech from UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and takes dog training classes, which, she claims, have been as beneficial for her as for the dogs! Jenn is Pet CPR Certified.
Katie joined our team in 2017 and we are glad to have her! She is out with animals as often as possible while also keeping our office running smoothly. Katie is an avid animal lover of all kinds and has had many dogs and cats growing up. She also fostered a number of boxers with her family over the years. She has a rescue cat named Benny, which she adopted in 2017 and is very happy to have fur friends in her life again! Katie is Pet CPR Certified.
Kelsey, one of our office administrators, has had pets all of her life, including dogs, cats, and fish. Kelsey previously worked on a farm caring for pigs, oxen, cows, and chickens. A graduate student, Kelsey lives in Maynard with her partner and her baby girl, Violet.
Laura is the mother of two rowdy boys and a dog named Bella. She also had cat who recently passed after 16 long, loving years with her. Laura is one of the artists in our group -- she is a jeweler specializing in metal and enamel. Her creations are featured at Periwinkle Art & Glassworks in West Acton, where she also teaches classes. Laura is thrilled to have the opportunity to love and care for your pets.
Matt has been working with Acton Critter Sitters since 2016 after he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Umass Amherst. He grew up with dogs and is a lover of animals of all kinds. In his spare time he enjoys tabletop gaming, modern and contemporary visual art and cooking.
MJ has been with ACS since 2014. She grew up with pets and has never lived without them. She spent years owning and training Dobermans, and is also one of our resident cat experts, MJ loves one-on-one visits with her charges, and creates a special bond with every one of her "babies." When MJ is not caring for critters, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her three daughters and four grandchildren.
Nicole lived in Acton for 16 years, and recently moved to Harvard with her husband, 2 boys, dog Buddy, and cat Ellie. She is an avid runner and workout enthusiast. She is lifelong pet owner, and loves spending time with all of the critters. She especially enjoys long walks, time on the trails, and opening her home to furry friends.
Resa came to ACS with eight years’ pet sitting experience and a lifelong compassion for all animals, particularly dogs and cats. As a runner, she particularly enjoys taking dogs on long vigorous walks or runs through conservation trails. She has a passion for fitness and also works as a personal trainer. When not training people clients or caring for ACS pets, Resa enjoys spending time with her beloved cat, Angel.
Zanna loves to take her big dog, Jedi, out on the trails with other ACS dogs, but she's usually too busy hosting playdates for the smaller dogs. She is always smiling when with her puppy pals, no matter what the weather. Zanna lives in West Acton with Jedi, two cats, her partner, and her son, an aspiring Critter Sitter.
Staff photos by Rob Houghton / robhoughtonphotography.com