Thank you for your interest in Creature Comforts Pet Sitting. I would love to tell you a little bit about myself and my dedicated team of sitters.
My love of animals began when I was six years old. My parents let me pick out a puppy from a litter of cockapoos at a pet store. I still remember bringing home Barkley, the love of my life. Barkley was my buddy until I was 20 years old. He taught me unconditional love. I can’t say he taught me responsibility because after I moved out of my parents’ house and they redecorated my room, my mom told me she found urine stains on the hardwood floor from me sleeping in too long with Barkley locked in my room. Oh well, I digress. But Barkley was there for me, always. I could look into his sweet brown eyes and snuggle up with him and everything would feel better. I went on to pet sit as a child for neighbors’ cats. We then brought home cats of our own taken from a barn. In my teens, I started working at the town’s dog grooming and pet supply shop in my hometown in CT. I learned a great deal there about dog handling, foods, and supplies. After moving to PA, I took my cats for an exam to the Gentle Cat Dr. Upon seeing my connection to animals, the vet there offered me a job on the spot with no veterinary assistant training. I learned so much in the 8 months I was there. I did a lot of work with feral cats attempting to domesticate them, cat grooming, and was trained to do everything expected of a veterinary technician. In 1995, I then went to work for Dr. Genser at Gladwyne Veterinary Hospital. I continued expanding my knowledge of animal care as well as how to run a business with a personal touch. A few clients asked me to take care of their pets when they went away, and shortly thereafter, in 1997, Creature Comforts Pet Sitting was born.
Why I started the business:
A few things inspired me. One would be a strong entrepreneurial spirit that I didn’t yet know I possessed. Another would be seeing all the dogs come into the vet hospital almost directly from boarding with various ailments such as eye and ear infections, GI upsets, sores, hoarseness from barking in the kennel so much, and the list goes on. It was obvious to me that these pets would have been better off at home. A great contributing factor was those animal hospital clients that personally asked me to care for their pets when they went away. Those opportunities were extremely enjoyable and rewarding to me. Creature Comforts began as Pet Sitting by Andrea with a few flyers up around the area. It was amazing how quickly it took off. My little side job in addition to working as a vet assistant was quickly turning into a full fledged business! I was heartbroken when the time came to leave Gladwyne Vet Hospital but I was entering my third trimester with my first child and the pet sitting was calling for me full time. Something had to go. I made a risky decision to turn the pet sitting into a career and I’ve never had the time to look back since!
My own personal menagerie consists of my 2 daughters Allie & Emily, 4 rescued cats – 3 of them being from 3 of the litters I’ve raised – Scrappy, Nellie, Domino, and Boomer, our Cockapoo, Jackson, a puppy mill rescue, and our rescued Pit Bull, Josey, who keeps everybody in line.
I do cat and kitten rescue in my home whenever possible. If you’re looking for a dog or cat, please adopt from a shelter. Giving a homeless pet a safe and loving place to call home is truly a rewarding experience.
Curtis – Curtis has been with CCPS since June 2014. He lives in Narberth with his family, their Jack Russell Terrier, corn snake, and a big tank of fish. Curtis is available for all of our services daily, including house sitting in Narberth and parts of Merion.
Adrienne – Adrienne joined us in July 2014. She was a senior at Cabrini and contacted me expressing an interest in building a career with CCPS after graduation. She has full availability, including house sitting, for Villanova, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford. Adrienne lives in Bryn Mawr with her kitties, Lilly and Katniss.
Sarah – Sarah lives in Ardmore and has been helping me with Ardmore and Wynnewood since July 2014. She has great pet care experience including working at Delaware County SPCA with the sick kitties. She is available for all services, including house sitting, for Ardmore and Wynnewood.
Olivia – Olivia came on board in April after needing a change from years of boring desk work! As a lifelong animal lover, she was ready for the part time pet sitting and house sitting she’s now doing for me in Haverford, Ardmore, and Wynnewood. She lives in Haverford with her boyfriend and their orange tabby, Cyrus.
Robin – Robin became a great addition to CCPS in September 2015. Robin has a great background working with, volunteering with, and owning animals. She was a stay at home mom to 2 teenagers in Gladwyne but was finding enough time to herself to pick up a part time job that she enjoys. She lives in Gladwyne with her family and their 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Andrea – Andrea joined our team in September 2015. She lives in Narberth and is a pre-med student attending grad school at PCOM. She is reliably helping with pet sitting and house sitting, as her school schedule allows, in Narberth, Merion, and Bala Cynwyd.