Current APPSA Board of Directors & Committee Members

Kara Jenkins:  Past President & Web Master

TLC Provides Pet Sitting in your home while you are away. We provide service in   Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona since 2001. We are bonded and insured. Call 480-588-1364
TLC sitters  provide:

  • Daily/ Vacation Pet Sitting
  • Daily Dog Walking
  • Overnight Pet Care
  • House Sitting

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Tawny Carlson:  APPSA President

Tawny Carlson The Animal Pro…
I started my business in 2002 after 21 years as a professional Zoo Keeper. My experiences in the Zoo field range from general and specialized care of a variety of species, hospital and veterinary assisting, training animals (and staff as well). As The Animal Pro I provide you with professional experienced quality care for your animal family members.  When you require the best care for your animal family members call Tawny at 480-695-1924 or email me at

Melanie Barnes:  APPSA Vice President & Event Coordinator

Four Paws Adventures is owned and operated by Melanie Barnes. Melanie is a dog mom of one spoiled mutt and was a pet sitter from 2000 – 2006. While pet sitting, Melanie saw a need for a professional dog walking service with the emphasis on exercise. She decided to get out of pet “sitting” and into dog adventures in 2006. In late 2006, she quit her day job and now focuses exclusively on canine fitness and fun! Melanie has been providing South East Valley dogs with exciting canine excursions ever since!

Call (602) 617-6419


Kate McPike:  APPSA Secretary

I have been pet sitting for more than three years—initially for a company in Kingwood, Texas called “Not Home Alone.” When the company was sold,I ventured out on my own and had a successful business with wonderful
clients and their pets. A recent move to Phoenix, AZ (Ahwatukee area) has given me the opportunity to establish my business here.  Call  (480)-718-5063  or check out our website at