The Laurel Team

Joelyne K. (Sitter ID: 1124)

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 neglet. 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, four cats and a red-eared slider.

Justin K. (Sitter ID: 1105)

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. 

Cherie S. (Sitter ID: 0392)

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.

Regan M. (Sitter ID: 0507)

Regan is an avid pet lover. He currently has two canine companions, Boba (pictured above) and Archer. He grew up around animals his entire life. He volunteers with a local pit bull rescue called Pitties and Purrs and always has their fosters in his home. He lives in the Russett neighborhood with his wife and their two fur babies. Regan spent most of his career in the office environment and has since decided to do what he loves most - spending time with animals. He is a big TV and movie buff. Oh yes and he is a HUGE Redskins fan. He looks forward to providing the best service for you pets. 

Rachel Z. (Sitter ID: 0812)

Rachel has been in love with animals since she received her first puppy at the young age of just five years old. As the years passed Rachel’s love for animals only grew stronger. Currently Rachel is the mommy to two cats, a dog and two fancy rats. She adores her rats and says she is always amazed at how much intelligence her rats display. By the time she graduated high school she knew that she wanted a career caring for any and all animals. Rachel’s first experience working hands on with animals, aside from caring for her own, was just a few years ago when, she was hired as a bather at the Petsmart Grooming Salon in Columbia, MD. There, she learned much about animal behavior and developed a better understanding on how to care for dogs. Rachel aspires to be the best caretaker she can be and is extremely excited to work with you and your pets!

Patricia P. a.k.a "Cat" (Sitter ID: 0403)

Cat is a mommy to three amazing human children, a big puppy Rottweiler, four kitties and one guinea pig. She has an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice. She also attended Anne Arundel Community College for Law and Jurisprudence. However, her extensive working experience has been in non-profit for The Living Legacy Foundation for almost 18 years as a Donor Services Coordinator. She enjoyed and gained valuable knowledge from the services they provided to improve the lives of many. She has been drawn to pet sitting because she has always deeply cared for all animals too! She has had so many pets since she was very young, hamsters, parakeets, bearded Dragon, turtles, rabbit, mostly cats always and she did have a best friend Rottweiler for twelve years and he sadly passed away January of 2017. She has a special place in her heart for animals and has plenty of room in her heart to love and care for yours! 

Michael B. (Sitter ID: 0819)

Michael is a part-time college student and barista. When he isn't studying for a big exam or whipping up a hot drink at the Starbucks in Burtonsville, he is spending time caring for furry ones. He is a big time animal lover! He became friends with the company owners a few years ago when they met at a local gym where he used to work. Michael enjoys the great outdoors. He loves spending time with his family and making people laugh. 

Shawn F. (Sitter ID: 0603)

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!

Jacqui W. (Sitter ID: 1112)

 Jacqui is a freshman in college. When she is not studying, she is caring for animals. She and her mother operate a pet sitting service out of their home and have done so for many years. She enjoys giving the pets in her care tons of tlc while their owners are away. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Family time is very important to her. She has a small dog with a huge personality which she spoils to death. She looks forward to pampering and spoiling the Prance Around pets in her care. 

Stacey H. (Sitter ID: 0616)

Stacey is currently enrolled in college to become a  veterinarian. When asked why she chose this career she told us, in her own words, "Because lets face it, animals are just awesome!" Her passions in life have always included something animal related. When she was  little she would purposely sleep on the floor with her pups every night. She didn't have many friends while growing up and her dogs were her best friends and she found comfort in being around them. Animals have always been her life and she believes that caring for them was her natural calling!

Sharon M. (Sitter ID: 0908)

 Sharon is retired from the corporate world and enjoying life as a pet care professional. She volunteers her free time with Laurel Cats, Inc. She is a dedicated feral colony caretaker to over fourteen community cats, some of which are strays that have been abdandoned by their prior owners, but most of them are ferals. She is the proud mother to a few felines of her own that reside with her. She loves cats but equally loves dogs just as much and enjoys spending her day dog walking and cat sitting. She enjoys that she is able to be outside getting exercise while doing something she enjoys and has a passion for.  .