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Meet the Critter Sitters

Clare

(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 3 dogs, Oz, Peanut, and Max, share their home and large backyard with many visiting pups, often taking the dogs for walks on the adjacent conservation land/rail trail. 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.

Alexis

Alexis is a long-time dog owner and animal lover who graduated from UMass Amherst in 2017 with a degree in History. And she's been with us ever since then! Along with caring for her furry "children", she provides core support in our growing office. When not playing with all sorts of animals, she enjoys traveling and cooking with friends.

Amanda

Amanda has been with us since 2014 and is one of our most versatile 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 makeup, music and art.

Ashley

Amy

amyRESIZEDAmy has been with us part-time for a few years and has a love for all creatures big and small. She is an experienced pet sitter, dog walker and advocate for animals. Amy has a big heart and an 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. Working and volunteering with animals is Amy's passion, so we're lucky to have her! Amy is Pet CPR certified.

Carrie

Carrie is a mother of 3 boys and an owner of 2 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

Diane started out as a client, then became a Critter Sitter - and has been associated with us for over 26 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 registered members of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. Diane enjoys being outdoors, walking dogs in many of Acton’s conservation lands.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is our resident cat expert and has been with us for years. She has had many cats in her life, nursing several through old age illnesses. Elizabeth had Havana Browns for a number of years, that she showed to several national wins. Being a sponge for any information 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 two rescue cats.

Evan

Evan has been with us since 2015 and enjoys nature in all forms, so he really looks forward to his daily walks with the dogs. He's great with dogs who have a variety of anxiety issues. When not out walking pups, Evan enjoys canoeing, camping, coaching soccer, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Jen W

Jen has been with us since the beginning of 2018. She has always loved animals and feels fortunate to spend her days with, not only her own pack, but all the furry friends she has connected with though ACS. She currently lives on a small farm in Stow with her husband, children, alpacas, goats, chickens and her 3 dogs. During the school year, she works with children as a special education paraprofessional. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with family, friends, and being outdoors, especially with her animals!

Jenn C

Along with a daughter, Jenn is also the proud “parent” of 3 rescue animals - 2 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

(Office Administrator) Katie joined our team in February 2017 and started out as a part-time sitter. In early 2018, she became full-time as our Office Administrator. 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, cats, and other small animals growing up. She has fostered a number of boxers through Boxer Buddies Rescue with her family over the years. She also has a rescue cat named Benny, which she adopted in 2017. When she is not taking care of her furry friends and being in the office, Katie likes to spend her downtime traveling, going to concerts, and hiking. Katie is Pet CPR Certified.

Kelsey

(Special Projects Coordinator) Kelsey has been with us for about 5 years.  She is currently in our office 3 days a week, so don't be surprised if you hear from her! She 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 Social Worker, Kelsey lives in Maynard and enjoys spending time with her family.

Macie

Macie is one of our more recent sitters, starting with us in May of this year. She moved here last year from Georgia and has a bachelor's degree in biology. She now resides in Groton with her boyfriend and two kitties. Having grown up with dogs and cats always around, she has a lot of hands on experience with pets of all sizes and backgrounds. She loves taking photos of your pets to send you while you're away so you'll feel close to your fur babies! Macie also likes being outdoors and enjoys riding motorcycles and making art in her spare time.

Matt

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

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. She currently has a couple of cats of her own. MJ loves one-on-one visits with her charges, and creates a special bond with every one of her "babies." When not caring for critters, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her three daughters and four grandchildren.

Nicole

Nicole joined us in early 2018 and we are so lucky to have her. She is an avid runner and workout enthusiast, often taking her own pup and other furry friends to nearby trails. She is a lifelong pet owner, and loves spending time with all of the critters. She especially enjoys long walks and time on the trails.

Resa

Resa came to ACS with eight years of pet sitting experience and a lifelong compassion for all animals, particularly dogs and cats. She 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.

Tessa

Tessa has been with us sporadically for over a year now. Between going to school and traveling, she likes to spend her time with her furry pals! Bio and picture to come.

Tom

Tom is one of our newest sitters having started in the beginning of June this year. He has already proven himself to be a great asset to our team. He has two black Labs at home; Marshall and his new puppy Gibson. He is currently a Chemical Engineering major at UMass Lowell set to graduate May 2020. When he is not busy at school he enjoys taking his pups out on hikes and to play around in the water. 

Zanna

Zanna has been with us since 2015. She 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, her cat, and her husband and son.

Staff photos by Rob Houghton / robhoughtonphotography.com