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Hi, I’m Lisa, and I absolutely adore animals! I currently have two dogs and a cat – Sally, Bentley, and Jasper. Here I am with Sally after she was rescued. I have future plans to do fostering (potentially adopt, who knows). I love working with Paw Pals and I’ve already grown attached to many furry clients. I’m excited to continue meeting new people and fur-babies along the way!
The only title I care about is dog mom. Like so many other dog lovers I know, the ultimate dream would be to have my own rescue. I have been blessed to have so many amazing dogs be apart of my life. My husband and I now have 2 greater Swiss mountain dogs Bronx and Micah. The best days are the ones I spend hiking and cuddling with them. Dog sitting is another way for me to shower other people’s fur babies with all the love.
My name is Hazel Hunter and I just love dogs! I am originally from Va. Beach and have been living in Fairfax County since 1989. I have had cats and dogs my entire live and currently have a brown Labradoodle and a Chinese Shar Pei. I also keep a friend’s yellow Labrador for extended visits when her family is traveling. He has really become a part of our family. Now that my 3 kids are older and I have more free time, I am able to help Mary out with her clients. I love taking walks and playing with all of our clients’ pets. They all have such different personalities and bring a lot of joy to my life. I look forward to meeting more new friends soon!
My name is Debbie Swindall and I am a native northern-Virginian. I have had animals all my life, including dogs, cats, horses, gerbils, and hamsters. My family now consists of my loving husband, two dogs and a cat. I recently retired after 39 years in the health care profession (32 years with Kaiser Permanente), and wanted to try a different line of work. I enjoy all animals; they all have such different personalities. I have worked 4 years part-time as a pet sitter and am enjoying it immensely.
My name is Samantha and I am so excited to be apart of the Paw Pals family! I have many years of experience working with animals all shapes, sizes, and breeds. I also work at VCA Centreville Animal Hospital as a receptionist. When I am not working I am spending time with Princess, my Beagle. As a family we enjoy hiking, gardening (me more than the kids – I just like to think they do…) and going on little trips to the lake or zoo. I am so happy to have this new journey, in life and I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies!
Hi, my name is Shad McAllister. I have had animals for most of my life. Growing up on a family farm, we’ve raised bulls, cattle, goats, chickens, and horses. Of course, we’ve always had cats and dogs running around. I have a beautiful daughter and a love.. my wife. My wife and daughter sometimes come with me to meet the pups or kitties. They always have fun interacting the animals. I have been working with Paw Pals since August of 2018 and it has been really rewarding. Paw Pals has gotten me out there and get some more exercise. Can’t wait to meet you and your best friends.
My name’s Mackenzie Joyner and I grew up here in Centreville, VA. I’ve been in the pet care industry for 8+ years now, and even though I currently work for an IT company during the week, I love to still care for my wonderful Paw Pal clients part time, especially for vacation and overnight visits. When I’m not providing loving care for your pets, I’m hanging out with my 4 year-old son and my puppy Bruce, who is a social and exuberant 85-pound Poodle mix. I always ensure the pets in my care are treated just like family. Having had both a human child and a fur child, I can tell you they are one and the same! I look forward to meeting you and your precious pets, and meeting your pet sitting needs.
I first began working (officially) as a professional petsitter in high school, but for many years as a kid, I would regularly take care of all my neighbors’ pets. When my mom finally opened up Paw Pals, it was only natural that I be the first to jump on board as a sitter! Currently, in addition to working for Paw Pals, I also work full-time at The Life Church. Starting this September, however, I’ll be taking a break from Paw Pals to earn my master’s degree in acting at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
My name is Laura Poston. I live in Centreville with my family and our lab Hank. I retired from the Army in September 2019. Working for Paw Pals has given me the opportunity to exercise and avoid a long commute outside of Centreville. My furry clients are happy to see me and I enjoy taking them on a good walk or playing with them during my visit.
My name is Adam Barstow and I have been a pet sitter for Paw Pals for five years. I have always been passionate about the animals we live with, and love taking care of and spending time with them. Since I’ve been with Paw Pals for a while now, most of our regular dog clients recognize me, and they are always excited to see me and go on a walk! It’s such a great feeling for me to see your pets happy! I also worked at a local Animal Hospital for three years, and currently work at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as an Animal Caretaker, where I care for a variety of animals. I’m all about enriching the lives of animals!
I have had dogs as pets all my life, and even wanted to own a kennel at one time – but life changed… I went into the U.S. Air Force, met my husband, and had 3 wonderful kids. I found dog walking jobs through Mary and was able to work around my kids’ schedules, get some exercise, and make some money! I was also able to get my kids jobs dog walking and taking care of pets during their high school and college years. I love my job and I love my furry clients!
My name is Amy. Most know me as the “Crazy Dachshund Lady”. I have always loved having dogs in my life, so when I found out about dog-walking for Paw Pals in 2015, I knew this would be a purr-fect fit. I love taking care of our furry clients as they all have their own personalities. In my spare time I volunteer at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. I’m a proud owner of my two dachshunds June Bug (5 – diagnosed with Invertebral disc disease) and Kobe (3). You may or may not find my boyfriend, Adam, and me doing our pet visits together when we are both available!
My name is Tammi Moore. I am a NOVA native and have loved and had fur babies as a part of my family for as long as I can remember. I currently have 1 dog, 2 cats and a bunny (Keena, Kelso, Kiko, and Korky) who live in perfect harmony with each other. I enjoy meeting anyone on four legs with fur and look forward to caring for your family members when you are not available.