About The Pet Gal | The Pet Gal

OUR STORY

The Pet Gal is an Austin based professional sitting and dog walking company with a tremendous passion for the welfare and advocacy of animals at the local level. Founded in 2009, the company started with one client and today works with more than 2,000 happy clients supported by more than 30 pet sitters and walkers (known as “Pet Gals and Guys”). We offer a full line of services including Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Pet Taxi, Wedding Pet Attendant, and Ranch Sitting for clients in the Greater Austin area, Colorado Springs, and Kailua-Kona. When our clients are away from their pet, our want for them to go guilt-free, knowing their pet is being taken care of like they are at home.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe you love your pets as much as we love ours. We believe in developing a trusting relationship with our clients and a unique bond with their pet. We believe in creating a guilt-free experience for our clients when they’re apart from their pet. We believe a locally run business can provide better, more personalized pet care than large franchises. We believe it is our responsibility to ensure you feel confident leaving your pets and home in our care by backing each visit with a $1 million insurance policy.

WHO WE ARE

Professional dog trainers. Veterinary technicians. Animal rescue volunteers. Our pet sitters and dog walkers come from all walks of life, but all have one thing in common – an unbridled passion for animals. Pet Gals undergo a rigorous interview process, a thorough background check, and one-on-one orientation before taking on their first visit alone. Every Pet Gal sitter is required to continue their education by attending animal behavior classes and renewing their pet CPR and first aid certification annually. This stringent hiring and education process means our clients are partnering with professional, smart, motivated, and highly responsible pet sitters and dog walkers.

Meet Our Owner

Susan Anderson
Susan AndersonOwner
I worked in telecom, banking, and semiconductors; however, my passion is pets! I quit the corporate world to follow my dream of owning a business tending to the welfare and advocacy of animals. Since I was little, I always brought home bunnies, cats and dogs. I spent hours during summer breaks looking for critters under […]
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Meet Our Team

Katelyn Milam
Katelyn MilamPet Gal North Austin
If you were to ask the people closest to me in my life about my one defining characteristic, their first answer would be my love and empathy for animals. I was raised on my grandmother’s farm, where I was privileged enough to care for animals of all types, and I have been lucky enough to […]
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    Suzy Elledge
    Suzy ElledgePet Gal Round Rock
    My name is Suzy Elledge. My love for pets is what sparked me to enter the wonderful world of pet sitting and dog walking. As a kid, I grew up with a household of furry friends – from lots of cats and dogs to having had bunnies at one time! I completely understand how much […]
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      Sara Faigen
      Sara FaigenPet Gal South Austin
      Hi, my name is Sara and I’m so happy to be a part of the Pet Gal team! For the last five years I was working in New York at a desk job and decided that lifestyle was just not for me; it left me feeling trapped and unfulfilled. I decided to escape the grind […]
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        Liz Fenn
        Liz FennPet Gal Round Rock
        Hi, my name is Liz and I’m thrilled to be part of the pet gal team! I’m pretty sure my love for animals is imprinted on my DNA. Growing up, our family was always known for being a haven for needy animals of all sorts. Any sick or hungry animal found a loving place to […]
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          Suzanne Hewlett
          Suzanne HewlettPet Gal Kona
          Hi my name is Suzanne and I’m super excited to be part of the Pet Gal team! After over 30 years I was finally able to retire from my rewarding career as a school counselor and I am looking forward to being able to work in the pet industry, a true passion of mine! I […]
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            Ginger Awmiller
            Ginger AwmillerPet Gal Cedar Park
            I grew up in a small town in Oregon before moving to Mexico for ten years and finally landing myself here in the Austin area. I am a very busy mother of three wonderfully outgoing energetic human children. I have always loved animals of all shapes and sizes. Growing up I actively participated in 4-h […]
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              Lorie Taylor
              Lorie TaylorPet Gal Kona
              Hi, I’m Lorie and I’m so thankful to now be part of the Kona Pet Gal team! I recently retired from 30 years in law enforcement in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Kona to enjoy an entirely different environment and pace. I have always loved and had many animals in my care, so I […]
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                Lynsi McCarthur
                Lynsi McCarthurPet Gal Colorado Springs
                I’m Lynsi-Anne from Louisiana, raised in the beautiful four corners of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Where I’m from, you could travel twenty minutes north and be in the Great Colorado Mountains, thirty minutes east and at our Farmington Lake, drive two hours south to view the Continental Divide, or an hour to the […]
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                  Pam Turner
                  Pam TurnerPet Gal Georgetown
                  I was smitten with a kitten at age 6, and being a clever 6-year old I named her Tabby The Tabby. She kept my family in smiles for years. I never thought her antics could be topped until I adopted my cat Calliope. At the time I lived in a loft apartment and Calliope would […]
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                    Jackie Nevarez
                    Jackie NevarezPet Gal South Austin
                    Hello fellow pet lovers! My name is Jackie Nevarez and I’m so delighted to be a Pet Gal! I was born and raised in the beautiful desert & west Texas city of El Paso. I moved to Austin 7 years ago and I brought my two toy fox terriers, Patches and Bonita, with me on […]
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                      Siobhan McClafferty
                      Siobhan McClaffertyPet Gal Cedar Park
                      My name is Siobhan, I am an Irish pet lover who has just recently moved to Austin, Texas. I have traveled extensively throughout the world, living in Ireland, Austrailia, Los Angeles, Spain and most recently, Chicago. I feel the Texas people are very like the Irish, friendly and welcoming… for that reason, I felt right […]
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                        Lesley Mantle
                        Lesley MantlePet Gal Central Austin
                        Hi there Austin Animal Lovers! My name is Lesley. I have lived in Austin for the last 12 years. I am a nurse by trade and I love to care for animals as much as I love to care for people. One of my favorite things about Austin is how animal-friendly it is and how […]
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                          Jena Gold
                          Jena GoldPet Gal Central Austin
                          Hello! I’m Jena and I grew up in Southern California. I’ve been caring for dogs and cats since I was a child. My family always had lots of animals friends. I also have experience with reptiles and farm animals. I’m honored to be able to take care of your pets while you are away and […]
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                            Joellee LeClair
                            Joellee LeClairPet Gal Round Rock
                            I have cared for animal friends of many varieties for the past 15 years. Since a young age, I have felt a special bond to critters of all kinds. I have cared for birds, bearded dragons, cats, chickens, dogs, fish, goats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and turtles. My pet care experience has been for private […]
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                              Audrey Starks
                              Audrey StarksPet Gal South Austin
                              Hello animal enthusiasts! My name is Audrey and I’ve been living in Austin for about five years now. I just graduated from Texas State and will be starting a teaching certification program soon! I also received my certification from The Pet Gal Academy in understanding dog behavior and reading dog body language. My boyfriend and I have a […]
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                                Gene Brown
                                Gene BrownPet Guy Georgetown
                                Some of the best things in my life came when I wasn’t expecting or looking for anything. I was two years out of high school and a blue-collar worker welding in a shipyard when something unexpected happened and I ended up going to college. Having never thought that I could go to college I had […]
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                                  Alma Sanchez
                                  Alma SanchezPet Gal Hutto
                                  My name is Alma, I was born in California moved to Mexico about 12 years and finally came back to the U.S.A here in Austin. I currently do not have my baby Nala with me, but she is in good hands with my father in law back in Mexico. I go and see her every […]
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                                    Debbie MacCarroll
                                    Debbie MacCarrollPet Gal Cedar Park & Scheduler
                                    If there were ever a time in my life when I didn’t have a pet, I don’t remember it! As a little girl, I had a dog and a goldfish. (Probably more than one, but I didn’t know the difference!) As I grew up, I added more dogs, parakeets, and cats. In recent years, I […]
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                                      Justin Blatner
                                      Justin BlatnerPet Guy Colorado Springs
                                      Hi There! My name is Justin Blatner and I’m originally from Texas. I have been a stay at home Dad for five years. I moved to Colorado with my family almost two years ago. We purchased an old farmhouse on almost five acres. Our goal is to live a simplified life with more meaning. We […]
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                                        Renee Auguste
                                        Renee AugustePet Gal Round Rock
                                        Growing up in Southern California, I had the opportunity to work with, care for, and be the pet mommy to, many fuzzy children. I volunteered at the Lang Foundation for homeless-domestic dogs and cats, and also The Wildlife Waystation. Then, joyfully, for four years, I worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo where I cared and […]
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                                          Tara Hundley
                                          Tara HundleyPet Gal Cedar Park
                                          Hi! My name is Tara, I was born in Austin and raised in Lake Travis. I cannot imagine a time when I didn’t live in a zoo. Taking care of animals has always been a part of my life! I have had big dogs, small dogs, hound dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, birds, chickens, even a […]
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                                            Jennifer Immel
                                            Jennifer ImmelScheduler
                                            If you are looking for someone to be there and spoil your pet with love when you have to be away, I’m your gal! I’m a huge animal lover who’s come all the way from Wisconsin to my new home in Round Rock, TX. The special girl in my life is a lab-mix named Callie. […]
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                                              Amy Gautreaux
                                              Amy GautreauxPet Gal Round Rock
                                              My name is Amy Gautreaux and I have lived nearly all my life in Central Texas. My family and I have had a total of eight rescue dogs over the last several years, so I have a background with my own pets as well as helping friends family with their pets. I have a lifetime […]
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                                                Kirstie Lard
                                                Kirstie LardPet Gal Central Austin
                                                Hi fellow pet parents! My name is Kirstie and I am a proud dog mom to two wonderful, adorable dogs- Roka & Shasta. Shasta is a feisty, cuddly chihuahua who loves to play with her ball and Roka is a friendly, fun lab mix who has the funniest facial expressions and can play fetch for […]
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                                                  Kati Llewellyn
                                                  Kati LlewellynPet Gal Central Austin
                                                  Hello pet parent pals! My name is Kati and I love all the animals! I’m originally from Chicago and moved to Austin in 2015 when a lifetime of winters got to be a little too much. I was sad to say goodbye to my awesome local rescue, One Tail at a Time, but I’ve truly […]
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                                                    Tabitha Galeana
                                                    Tabitha GaleanaPet Gal Round Rock & Scheduler
                                                    I was born and raised in Austin and have been an Austinite ever since. Animals are my passion. I started an animal rescue in 2011 to help animals that are often overlooked in high kill shelters. Our rescue also specializes in special needs and behavioral cases. I love working with animals that just need a […]
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                                                      Maria Litvinova
                                                      Maria LitvinovaPet Gal North Austin
                                                      I moved to Austin in 2014 and am proud to call it home! I was born in the USSR and my parents migrated to the USA in 2000. I grew up with pets in our household and have always been around animals. I love getting to know each of their personalities and their funny quirks. […]
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                                                        Supna Sharma
                                                        Supna SharmaPet Gal Central Austin
                                                        I was born in northeast Texas and moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a young child. I then moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate and graduate work. In fact, I have been in Austin nearly 21 years! I grew up with the most amazing and loving […]
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                                                          Claudia Carrasco
                                                          Claudia CarrascoPet Gal Lakeway
                                                          Hi, my name is Claudia and I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I had the privilege to live on a big property in Lima and be surrounded by many different animals including dogs, cats, bird, llamas, and snakes. When I moved to Texas, I decided to continue my love for animals; however, it […]
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                                                            Kathleen Standefer
                                                            Kathleen StandeferPet Gal Hutto & Scheduler
                                                            My Okie heart is full of love for all fur creatures big or small! After marrying a Texan, I relocated to the Austin area from Southern Oklahoma 5 years ago. We were blessed when we found our Anna Bell at a shelter and have enjoyed having her as our fur-child for the last 4 years. […]
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                                                              Shelly Segovia
                                                              Shelly SegoviaPet Gal Round Rock
                                                              Hello to all my Pet Moms and Pet Dads, my name is Shelly. I’m a proud owner of three dogs I have a 10 pound little Snorkie named Shadow, a Pugalier name Crumpet and an Eurasier named Nanook. All my dogs have been found and rescued. My dog Crumpet only had the ability to walk […]
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                                                                Robyn Rambo Stanley
                                                                Robyn Rambo StanleyPet Gal Central Austin
                                                                Hi All! My name is Robyn. I grew up in Southwestern Arizona (Yuma) and have moved around quite a bit since then. I am delighted to now call Austin home and am thrilled to have joined The Pet Gal family. I look forward to partnering with you in the care of your pets and treating […]
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                                                                  Holly Andrews
                                                                  Holly AndrewsPet Gal Leander
                                                                  Hi! I’m Holly and I grew up about 3 hours south of Dallas. I am a single mom of 2 daughters Gabriella (19) and Cameron (17) a. I have a license as an occupational therapy assistant. Currently in my home we have 3 cats – Lola(8),Ginger (16),Oliver (1) and a pet dog Named Ari (5) […]
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                                                                    Susan Smith
                                                                    Susan SmithPet Gal Hutto
                                                                    Howdy! My name is Susan and I am thrilled to be a Pet Gal. I grew up in the bayous of South Louisiana but have lived in the Austin area for 20 years. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Health Education and love learning and sharing ways to be physically, mentally […]
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                                                                      Lorraine Garza
                                                                      Lorraine GarzaPet Gal Colorado Springs
                                                                      Hey there! My name is Lorraine and I’ve been with The Pet Gal since January 2018. I’m a Texas native; born in the small town of Laredo Texas. I recently moved to Colorado Springs in late October for a change in pace, I’ve always been an outdoors kinda gal and Colorado has such beautiful spots […]
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                                                                        Tammie Brandon
                                                                        Tammie BrandonPet Gal Round Rock
                                                                        My name is Tammie Brandon and animal lover doesn’t begin to describe how much I adore animals of all kinds. I grew up in East Texas. Our family always had cats, dogs, rabbits and even horses. My family and I moved to the Round Rock area in 2014 from Houston and fell in love. I […]
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                                                                          Kyra Taylor
                                                                          Kyra TaylorPet Gal Kona
                                                                          Aloha! I’m Kyra, and I grew up wanting nothing more than to spend time with animals. I’ve owned everything from rats and snakes to horses along with cats & dogs. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved out to Hawai’i for school in 2015. I’m a college student at the University of […]
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                                                                            Laura Riley
                                                                            Laura RileyPet Gal Round Rock
                                                                            Growing up on a ranch in South Texas, I was constantly surrounded by many types of animals. I participated in 4-H and horse riding events. My upbringing instilled love of all animals and I have continued to always have animals by my side. They all bring love, joy, and comfort to our lives. I have […]
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                                                                              Lindsey Ortiz
                                                                              Lindsey OrtizPet Gal Leander
                                                                              I was born and raised in the great city of Austin and now reside in Leander with my wonderful husband, my precious little girl Kenzie and our 4 amazing dogs/babies. I also serve in leadership with other non-profit animal organizations, so it is my whole world and passion. I know the feeling of wanting to […]
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                                                                                Emily Barrett
                                                                                Emily BarrettPet Gal South Austin
                                                                                I’m a homegrown central Texas gal, raised with an assortment of animals in the hills just west of Austin. My animals include dogs, cats, a goat, a parrot and a couple of horses. While in high school, I worked at a small grooming shop where I had the opportunity to work with many different dog […]
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                                                                                  Kimberly Simms
                                                                                  Kimberly SimmsPet Gal North Austin
                                                                                  I have over 10 years of experience working with and caring for animals. I grew up on a homestead in west Texas with lots of different animals. I moved to Austin in 2017 where I currently have 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a very diverse garden. I started working with animals at a grooming shop […]
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                                                                                    Bernie Garcia
                                                                                    Bernie GarciaPet Guy Central Austin
                                                                                    My name is Bernie and I just moved to Austin from Mexico City. I had a corporate job in the Consumer Products industry. I have always loved being around animals, so this is a natural step for me. I grew up having all kinds of animals: snakes, salamanders, tarantulas, scorpions, a rooster, birds and of […]
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                                                                                      Claire Abramson
                                                                                      Claire AbramsonPet Gal Pflugerville
                                                                                      Hi, I’m Claire! I am originally from the small town of Quincy, California – a hidden gem tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. I grew up surrounded by farmland and forest, so not only were my own family’s pets central to my life growing up but also wildlife and pastured animals. I often […]
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                                                                                        Jason Farmer
                                                                                        Jason FarmerPet Guy South Austin
                                                                                        Hi! My name is Jason. I am a native Austinite, former small business owner, entertainer, meditator, ordained minister, and animal fanatic! As you might have guessed, I have many passions and interests, but nothing gives me greater pleasure and meaning than giving lots of love and care to animals in need and the beloved pets […]
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                                                                                          Joy Viscomi
                                                                                          Joy ViscomiPet Gal Round Rock & Wedding Pet Coordinator
                                                                                          A retail and customer service leader by trade and originally a New York transplant, I currently serve as manager of The Pet Gal’s Wedding Pet Attendant services, a highly unique set of services that enables brides and grooms to have their pets be part of their wedding, guilt free. The team and I have partnered […]
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                                                                                            Danielle Gore
                                                                                            Danielle GorePet Gal Round Rock
                                                                                            Hello! My name Danielle and I feel so blessed to be a part of the Pet Gal team! I moved to Texas for university after living in Minnesota and California before settling in Round Rock with my husband a few years ago. Over time our little family has grown in the from of one clumsy […]
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