The Laurel Team

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Joelyne K. (Founder and Owner / 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 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, four cats and a red-eared slider.

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Justin K. (Owner / 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. 

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Stacie H. (Digital Marketing Assistant / Sitter ID: 0603)

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!

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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.  

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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!

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Regan (Sitter ID: 0507)

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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 abandoned 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.

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Kierah M. (Sitter ID: 0809)

Kierah was born loving animals. She was raised around dogs and has parented several dogs throughout her life. She is now the parent to a beautiful three year old little girl that loves pets just as much as her mom does. She is also a college student at Howard Community College studying to become a nurse. Kierah has worked in the administrative field for the past several years while providing pet care services for friends and family. Kierah is a family girl with huge heart and she looks forward to sharing the love she shares for her family and friends with your furry loved ones.

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Tracy L. (Sitter ID: 1107)

Tracy have a deep affection for all animals dog, cat horse fur or feather  you name it I love them all. Have been the caregiver to my family,  friends and neighbors pets for the better part of my life. Fell in love  with horses walking them and realizing their plight at the racetrack. I  hope to work with animals the rest of my life always growing and  improving their care with honor they so deserve.