Joelyne is a natural born animal lover. She knew early on in life that she wanted a career working with animals. She graduated from Towson University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. She has a Graduate Certificate from Humane Society University in Animal Studies. For seven years, Joelyne worked as the Membership and Donor Relations Manager at The Humane Society of the United States, the nations largest animal welfare organization dedicated to enforcing laws to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. During her time at HSUS, she was able to aid in animal rescue missions and helped seize several animals from inhumane conditions. Joelyne volunteers some of her time with Laurel Cats, Inc., a local organization working to reduce the overpopulation of feral cats through TNR efforts. She and her husband share their home with their son, a dog, two cats, a red-eared slider and a yellow-spotted salamander.
Justin was born and raised on a farm and has been around animals his entire life. His experience comes from caring for four horses, a pony, a goat, cats, dogs and reptiles since an early age. Justin graduated from Lincoln College of Technology in Columbia, MD with a technical degree in Automative Technology. Shortly after graduating, Justin realized that his true passion was in pet care industry. He has since helped to grow Prance Around with his wife and is a full time pet care professional. In addition to dog walking and pet sitting, Justin manages the daily office operations and sitter communications.
Cheryl is the Branch Manager of the Germantown, Maryland office. In addition to managing Prance Around, along with her husband, she is also mom to two beautiful baby boys, Logan and Scott. She currently owns a Pomeranian named Sandy, two black cats, named Batman and Louie, and a Tortie Maine Coon named Gabby, who was rescued from Kentucky. Her passion for working with pets started at a very young age when she would rescue stray cats in her neighborhood and help find them homes. In her spare time, she can be found making animal-themed jewelry.
Chris is an animal lover who is especially fond of cats. His outgoing and cheerful personality is reflected in his love of all animals and all the pets Chris has ever come across, have taken an immediate liking towards him. In his spare time, Chris enjoys building and working on computers. Chris co-manages the Germantown Branch of Prance Around with his wife Cheryl, and his dog and two cats.
Cherie has worked with and around animals all her entire life. Her family fostered animals for various animal shelters during her youth. She spent four years volunteering at Watkins Nature Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She also volunteers part-time at the Smithsonian in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. She is comfortable with every kind of animal under the sun, including reptiles, insects, and livestock, and she currently owns two cats, a rat, several tanks of fish, and a terrarium of Madagascar hissing cockroaches! Cherie is a certified Veterinary Assistant with a passion for animals, and promises to take great care of her clients pet. She looks forward to providing your pet with the love and attention they deserve.
Lynne has been an animal lover since she was a child and grew up with a dog, cats and birds. She currently lives with her husband Steve, and two Persian cats, Riley and Cody. Lynne moved to Maryland in 2013, after spending her whole life in New York, to be near her family. She is retired after working for 25 years as a legal secretary and is looking forward to spending her retirement with the animals she adores.
Shawn is a huge animal lover. He had two dogs and a cat growing up. He enjoys being around animals and has served as a pet sitter for several friends and family members over the years. Shawn has an Associate’s Degree in Secondary Education, as well as educational experience in Elementary Education and Theatre. He is heavily involved in local theatre, as well as television and in the film industry. When he is not pet sitting you can sometimes find him acting at the Laurel Mill Playhouse off Main Street! He is excited to be able work with the furry friends that Prance Around cares for!
Jennifer has a huge love for animals and grew up surrounded by everything from dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, ferrets, reptiles, hermit crabs and fish. Outside of owning German Shepherds, cats, fish and a Doberman through her adult life, Jennifer has volunteered her time caring for friends' pets since a very young age and carried that love for animals through rescue work. In the past several years she has helped find medical care and loving homes for feral cats, Dobermans and German Shepherds. She has experience in working with medically at-risk animals that require extra love, special diets and medication. She currently shares her family home with a 3 year old affectionate and curious ferret named “Stryker” and a goldfish named “Dot” and often cares for friends' dogs when they are away. Outside of pet sitting, Jennifer is a traffic safety manager for a national non-profit organization and enjoys being a mom, running, hiking, and painting (animals of course!). She is looking forward to spoiling your pets and giving them extra love and attention.
Caitlyn enjoys spending her days with animals and being around their unconditional love. She started the position with Prance Around because she wanted the opportunity to work doing something she loved. What's the saying, "When you love what you do, it truly isn't a job." When she is not caring for someone's furry child, she is caring for her own. She is a new mom to a beautiful nine month old baby girl. She looks forward to walking and spending time with everyone’s fury family members.
Oscar grew up in Germantown so he's a local boy but he's traveled quite a bit. In his spare time Oscar creates digital art and is a novice photographer. Growing up as a kid, he never had a chance to have a dog or cat in the house. But, once he reached adulthood, he made the choice to own, and got a best friend for life - a beautiful Siberian Husky named Dante. Oscar raised him for 13 years from small puppy to senior and looks forward to meeting and caring for your pets both young and old!
Kristi was born and raised in Howard County, Maryland. She currently co-parents two very super spoiled yorkies and is very excited to get to know every pet she visits (and their humans, where applicable). Kristi's pet career started at Banfield Pet Hospital, where she learned a lot about different breeds, personalities & nuances of the animal variety.
"I didn't grow up with pets from a young age and was even a bit timid around dogs but little did I know, life was going to bless me with two rescues pups and long story short, I immediately fell in love with them! I am EVERYTHING pooch related now! Hahaha! Who knew cats were so cool too. They are the best and have the coolest personalities. I've learned that animals truly bring out the best in me and I feel beyond blessed to get to work with your furry friends everyday."
Stephanie is a U.S. Army veteran with a big love for all animals. She currently lives with two dogs (Stella, a Pit Mix and Benji, a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix) and two cats: Kylo Ren, the gray tabby and Boots, who is a rag doll mix. In high school she spent her mornings helping on her great uncle’s farm. She has worked with race horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and even peacocks, reindeer, goats, ducks, and pigs. She has also helped in delivering baby calves, goats, foals, kittens, and puppies.
Stephanie finds great joy in helping animals and nothing beats the reward of seeing a happy animal. She cannot wait to meet yours!
Hayley was raised around animals her entire life. She currently has four dogs and one cat. Given how many pets she has, she's got a big picture of what a handful they can be at times, especially when you need them to settle down! That’s why she is especially passionate about taking care of animals and helping others with their precious pets when they can’t. Hayley is currently in school studying cyber security but she is not sure if that is what she plans to major in. Her future is full of possibilities. She promises to take great care of your babies while you’re away or at work.
Robin would rather hang out with fur babies, than hanging out with humans! LOL! Don't get her wrong, people are great but animals are way better! Robin is pictured here with her two furry kiddos, Dutchess and Blu. She also has an orange tabby kitty named Bandit. Robin has had animals her entire life and that is where my heart belongs. Robin is a 44-year-old retired employee from Montgomery County Public Schools and she couldn’t think of anything else better to do after retiring than being with your fur-baby when you can’t. She will take care of your babies like they are her own.
Mark is a huge fan of dogs, cats and animals, in general. He has rescued several furry friends who became family and is looking forward to caring for the pets of his clients. He is also a life-long guitar nerd who has taught and played professionally since his teenage years, releasing many original recordings. Other hobbies include making visual art, home improvement and landscaping. He has a BA in music from New York University.
Sheryl is a life-long animal lover who is recently retired from medical and pharmaceutical sales and is now free to have fun working with animals! Sheryl studied Zoology in college and always dreamed of being a vet. She worked with a vet during high school and college and gained valuable knowledge about medicating animals, including giving injections. She lives with her husband of 40 years and her lovable Lab named Buzz, plus Seamus the opinionated former barn cat. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets.
Aliisa is fond of animals of all kinds! She grew up in the southwestern part of Virginia but has been in MoCo for several years after graduating college (Shenandoah University). Growing up, her cousins had a farm and that was one of her favorite memories and things to do, to go on the farm and be with all the animals there. Although she's never technically owned a dog, she has fostered both dogs and cats. Her pets growing up consisted mostly of rodents; a hamster, chinchilla, and bunny (not all simultaneously), and even a reptile - a baby turtle she found in the yard one day. She has been involved with others' pets and pet care for almost a decade now! With Aliisa's experience she is a great addition for your day-to-day pet care and she looks forward to meeting your pets soon!!
Jordan is a 29-year-old fellow who has a heart for helping others and making a positive impact on their community. In addition to this, Jordan has a great passion for dogs and has always been drawn to their companionship and loyalty. Jordan has previously worked in an assisted living facility where he enjoyed caring for the elderly and spending time with them. Jordan has been a dog owner since Brownie, a lovable puppy, came into his life 13 years ago. Brownie quickly became a cherished member of their family, and the bond between Jordan and his furry companion has only grown stronger over the years. Today, Brownie is a beloved senior dog who continues to bring joy to Jordan's life, and Jordan is grateful for the many lessons he has taught them over the years.
Andrew was born and raised right here in Montgomery County, Maryland and has had a passion for animals for as long as he can remember. He currently lives with his parents and siblings in Gaithersburg with his cat, Malik and two rabbits. He is currently studying Communication Studies at Montgomery College and will be transferring to University of Maryland later this year to complete his Bachelor's. Andrew's passions include taking care of animals, cooking and hiking. He has big ambitions and has already fulfilled one of his dreams by adopting two wonderful rabbits, Mr. Bun Bun and Ziza (pictured). He looks forward to meeting and taking care of your pets!
Amanda has been an avid animal lover since she was a child and at one point, considered going to school for veterinary work until she realized that it would also involve euthanasia and she could not wrap her head around having to do that and instead decided to volunteer at Maryland Therapeutic Riding to get her animal fix. It was while volunteering there and pursuing her certification as a therapeutic riding instructor that she discovered her hidden talent of animal communication and started her own business doing that full time while helping manage a farm for the better part of the last four years. During that time, she had the privilege of assisting families with their dogs, cats, horses, chickens, hamsters, rabbits, snakes and even cows and loved every second of it! She is incredibly happy to be apart of the Prance Around team where she can hopefully serve families in a more active, hands on way!