My name is Virginia. I am 25 years of age, and animals have been my #1 love and passion since I was given my first family pet at age 3. (A kitten).
Much of my early childhood was spent growing up around farms (Riding horses) in the Ottawa Valley, and I was never without a pet of my own.
I learned very early on in life the joy of being an efficient and compassionate animal care provider. Since animals don’t have a voice of their own, they need to be listened to, understood, loved, protected, and treated with the utmost respect.
At 4, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I told my teacher I wanted to be a cowgirl!
I knew working alongside animals was my calling in life, I just wasn’t quite aware of what I truly wanted to specialize in yet. That is, until I entered high school and I co-op’d at a shelter!
I knew then I wanted to look after ALL of them! I attended LAWS (Lanark Animal Welfare Society) as my high school co-op for 4 glorious years. That’s when I gained a lot of hands-on experience, caring for mostly domesticated animals. Although I was assigned to the felines, occasionally, I would assist in the dog kennel as well. After my high school graduation, I attended Durham College and graduated with honours in the Animal Care Certification Program in Oshawa Ontario. (See certificate in my profile photos) For my college placement, I was blessed to work at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. My job was to care for all the new babies that were brought in. They ranged from baby squirrels, owls, skunks, ducks, opossums, birds and the like. It was the most exciting and fulfilling animal care worker experience I had ever done.
When it comes to my furry friends, I am very gentle, patient, trustworthy, and ambitious. I want to make sure they get the best possible care and attention while their “mummy’s and daddy’s” are away. I am well versed in feeding and watering, litter changing, brushing, playing and snuggling, as well as administering oral medication or drops.
I know how nerve-wracking it can be to leave your furbabies behind for a length of time, as I am a furparent myself. I am currently a proud mama of a cat called Sibby, and a dwarf rabbit called Peter. My babies are my whole world, and I always hate leaving them whenever I need to, so I totally get it!
For transportation, I only travel by walking/biking/bussing, so preference is given to clients in Nepean and surrounding area. Any questions you have regarding my service, I’d be very happy to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for checking out my profile!
I am open to home visits, house sitting, walking, caring for dogs, cats, rabbits and exotic pets or other domesticated animals.
-Dog walking (1/2 hour)
-Home visits (1/2 hour)
-House sitting (24 hours)
House sitting service includes:
Care of up to 3 pets
Cats - clean litter tray and feed water and spend time with them.
Dogs - At least 1 hour of physical exercise (can be broken down as indoor/outdoor play, multiple walks or one long walk as per agreement with owners)
Pick up all dog poop in the backyard during the stay
Your pet will not to be tied up or kept in a crate for long periods of time, unless that is required.
Small pets - Tidy cages and do a full clean if the booking is more than 4 days
I can collect mail, water plants, and naturally clean up after myself and the pets.
Virginia has taken care of my cat a few times now, and everytime I arrive home to a calm, happy cat. She is so flexible and accommodating, and managed to cat sit over Christmas at the last minute. She's the best!
Virginia is an incredible pet and house sitter. I have a very anxious cat with lots of behavioral issues, and I was so worried to leave him with someone else. I came back after four days to happy, calm, and well cared for cat. Virginia was so attentive and really catered her care to his needs (and mine!). I will definitely be hiring her again!!
Animal Care Certified from Durham College.
Cat Care Specialist.
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