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 and Colorado Springs. 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 AndersonPet Gal & Owner
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

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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    Joy Viscomi
    Joy ViscomiPet Gal & 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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      Claudia Carrasco
      Claudia CarrascoPet Gal
      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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        Kirstie Lard
        Kirstie LardPet Gal
        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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          Joellee LeClair
          Joellee LeClairPet Gal
          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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            Danielle Gore
            Danielle GorePet Gal
            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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              Suzy Elledge
              Suzy ElledgePet Gal
              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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                Ginger Awmiller
                Ginger AwmillerPet Gal
                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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                  Katelyn Milam
                  Katelyn MilamPet Gal
                  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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                    Kathleen Standefer
                    Kathleen StandeferPet Gal & 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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                      Renee Auguste
                      Renee AugustePet Gal
                      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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                        Maria Litvinova
                        Maria LitvinovaPet Gal
                        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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                          Shelly Segovia
                          Shelly SegoviaPet Gal
                          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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                            Debbie MacCarroll
                            Debbie MacCarrollPet Gal & 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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                              Liz Fenn
                              Liz FennPet Gal
                              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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                                Jennifer Immel
                                Jennifer ImmelPet Gal & Scheduler
                                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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                                  Gene Brown
                                  Gene BrownPet Guy
                                  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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                                    Kellie Shuey
                                    Kellie ShueyPet Gal
                                    My family moved from Cali to Texas when I was just a wee Kel. I have lived in Central Texas all my life. When I was small I loved animals so much I either wanted to be one when I grew up or work with them as a vet. Though I didn’t do either, something […]
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                                      Tabitha Galeana
                                      Tabitha GaleanaPet Gal & 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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                                        Jackie Nevarez
                                        Jackie NevarezPet Gal
                                        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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                                          Amy Thomas
                                          Amy ThomasPet Gal
                                          Hi, my name is Amy! I am a native of Colorado Springs, and I love pets! My cat, Boo, is 14 years old. Boo likes to play fetch and cuddle. I work full time at a software company, and I am just about finished with my master’s degree in organizational psychology. July can’t get here […]
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                                            Amy Gautreaux
                                            Amy GautreauxPet Gal
                                            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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                                              Claire Abramson
                                              Claire AbramsonPet Gal
                                              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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                                                Emily Barrett
                                                Emily BarrettPet Gal
                                                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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                                                  Robyn Rambo Stanley
                                                  Robyn Rambo StanleyPet Gal
                                                  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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                                                    Laura Riley
                                                    Laura RileyPet Gal
                                                    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
                                                      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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                                                        Sara Faigen
                                                        Sara FaigenPet Gal
                                                        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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                                                          Justin Blatner
                                                          Justin BlatnerPet Guy
                                                          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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                                                            Lynsi McCarthur
                                                            Lynsi McCarthurPet Gal
                                                            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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                                                              Bernie Garcia
                                                              Bernie GarciaPet Guy
                                                              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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                                                                Kimberly Simms
                                                                Kimberly SimmsPet Gal
                                                                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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                                                                  Kati Llewellyn
                                                                  Kati LlewellynPet Gal
                                                                  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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                                                                    Susan Smith
                                                                    Susan SmithPet Gal
                                                                    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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                                                                      Tammie Brandon
                                                                      Tammie BrandonPet Gal
                                                                      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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                                                                        Siobhan McClafferty
                                                                        Siobhan McClaffertyPet Gal
                                                                        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
                                                                          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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                                                                            Lorraine Garza
                                                                            Lorraine GarzaPet Gal
                                                                            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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                                                                              Audrey Starks
                                                                              Audrey StarksPet Gal
                                                                              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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