Kara Jenkins was born in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she and her family raised many different animals: cats, dogs, birds, gerbils, fish, mice, and horses. One of her loves was helping her mother breed, train, and show their Golden Retrievers. While growing up, she worked at her mother’s boarding and grooming kennel, where she learned about the different types of cats and dogs as well as their behaviors.
Kara helped with all facets of the kennel’s operations including walking dogs, training, grooming, and marketing. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Special Education and a minor in Exercise Sports Science. While attending college she cared for several of her friends’ pets whenever they would take trips. This included some exotic species such as: an Iguana, a Boa Constrictor, and Piranhas.
In 2001, Kara started TLC House and Pet Sitting Service and has provided professional pet sitting services to TLC’s customers in their own home environment. With her love of animals she continues to keep updated with new developments and share her own experiences. She is currently the VP of the local pet sitting organization, Arizona Professional Pet Sitting Association (www.appsa.net); she holds a chair on the legislative committee for the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (www.petsitter.org), and she has been written about in many newspapers as well as in a national magazine. Kara oversees an annual donation campaign for sheltered pets and attends regular conferences for pet sitting professionals. Kara’s main objective is to continually gain knowledge and experience about animals and their behaviors to ensure her clients’ trust, and peace-of-mind.
In addition, she is well known in the animal care industry and has built long lasting relationships with veterinarians, groomers, trainers, and other vendors in the community. When she is not running her business she loves spending time with her family, and her own pets: Niko, Golden Retriever who died 2010, Brownie, a rescued Chocolate Lab who died 2010, and Hunter a rescued Lab/Golden. Kara’s philosophy on running a successful business is: to gain the customer’s trust, provide personalized pet care, offer experience, continued education, open communication and most importantly to provide exceptional service for you and your pets.
Better Business Bureau (bbb.org)
Arizona Professional Pet Sitter Association, President 2012, Vice President, 2007 2011
NAPPS- National Association Professional Pet Sitters, Board Member 2011-2013, Chair for Animal Welfare and Law Committee,2009-2011
Humane Society of United States (hsus.org)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org)
OFFICE MANAGER- HOLLY SHARPE
Holly Sharpe has been pet sitting for TLC House and Pet Sitting Service in the Gilbert area since March of 2008. Holly has experience with caring for many types of pets from cats and dogs to lizards, fish, ferrets and even Diabetic pets. As a devoted mom and pet sitter, Holly spends most of her days caring for her family, her 2 dogs named Brutus and Summer, as well as her clients’ pets.