Jennifer  ~ PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter, Owner

My educational background includes West Chester University, Penn State University and Saint Joseph's University.  While completing studies in Music Education at West Chester University, I spent my summers as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and had the opportunity to travel across the United States and gain experiences that are unique to the activity.  I remain active in the activity today as an active member of the Crossmen Alumni Association.  I am also a proud member of the Penn State Alumni Assocation and the West Chester University Alumni Association. 
Starting The Critter Sitter, LLC is a labor of love in many ways.  I feel so blessed to be able to work with some of the best critters (and their humans) in Chester County!  When not in school, my son is by my side helping me with the critters, which he enjoys tremendously!  The critters enjoy his company and are always eager to play.  Like myself, he strives to continuously learn about pet health, behavior and handling when he can.  Our family is incredibly proud of him!  

Responsible Pet Ownership

I am a strong advocate of "responsible pet ownership" and animal rescue, which helps keep critters out of shelters and in loving, stable homes and am proud to work with local pet care professionals, including fellow professional pet sitters, to help promote both. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for the critters in my care - as well as providing resources and educational opportunities for their humans. 

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where you will find valuable information on pet health and nutrition, critters available for foster and adoption, recipes, upcoming local pet-friendly events and assorted other pet-related topics. 

Professional Certifications

In addition to being certified in Pet First Aid/CPR through the American Red Cross, I completed PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter certification in 2011 (with  the highest scores in PSI history) and continue to participate in ongoing educational opportunities through University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine as well as PSI.

Dedicated to Our Community

We are proud to be a family-oriented and family-owned business dedicated to our local community.  We support local shelters, particularly ACCT in Philadelphia as well as local rescue organizations.  We are also proud to support the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, which helps families with critters in cases of emergencies.  They are the "Red Cross" for critters and do amazing work in the Delaware Valley!

If you are interested in donating much needed supplies and/or financial assistance to any of these organizations, please let us know!  We are always accepting donations for shelters and rescues.  Items needed typically include gently used linens (sheets, towels, blankets, etc.), laundry detergent, office supplies, paper towels, etc. 
Who is The Critter Sitter ?
the critter sitter, llc
p.o. box 388
downingtown, pa 19335
Project Honeypot

Thank you very much for taking care of Matryx while we were away.  She truly enjoyed your visit and all the yummy food that you give her. She loves it when we're gone!  Special attention from you and all the petting she can get - all done her way!

Jon, Lynn and Fat Cat Mates!

Thank you for the pictures of Henry and Macy. They are so cute, we love them...  You are very thoughtful and we know that you truly care about the dogs and we can't even express how much we appreciate what you do.

Thanks again!

Lisa, Joe, Jordan and of course, Henry and Macy

I want to double and triple the thanks - our handyman said to us "I can tell you how many people have burned out their wells, ruined their floors, destoryed their wells and worse, from those stupid bolts rusting out on toilets.'  So you really saved us! 

Jim and Cindy - Fasty and Scarlet's parents
(We had noticed their toilet was leaking!)

Jen has been kind and gentle with our animals and the dogs are thrilled when she is here. She pays attention to all details of care (feeding, walking, and playing).  She is very reliable and conscientious.

I highly recommend Jennifer as an animal caretaker.

Judy - Ginger and Harley's mom

With Bailey and Fink
After working in a corporate setting for about twelve years, it was time to make the transition into working from home in order to be a full time mom.  I started a Virtual Assistant service that provided small business services to local small business owners, contractors and attorneys.  While this had been a rewarding experience, it still was "just missing something."  I enjoyed being home with my son and all of our critters tremendously and caring for their needs.  After a period of careful and prayerful discernment, the decision was made to follow my heart.  Making the transition from Virtual Assistant to Critter Sitter has been the perfect move.  I grew up in a house full of critters - dogs, cats, a few guinea pigs and rabbits, freshwater aquariums, a parrot and a few turtles and toads over the years.  My mother owned her own dog grooming business.  By helping my mother, I gained exposure to working with a wide variety of breeds and even a few reluctant felines who were a little less than thrilled with the concept of a flea dip. These days, our home includes four cats, Reagan - a black Labrador Retriever/Pit mix, Sophie - a pedigree-challenged beautiful little girl with a chronic wagging tail and a crazy little betta fish named Billy Joel.

The best compliment is a wagging tail!
Playing a round of Chuck It!
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