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 in Arizona 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 been the president and VP of the local pet sitting organization, Arizona Professional Pet Sitting Association (www.appsa.net); she was a board member for the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (www.petsitters.org), and she has been written about in many newspapers as well as in a national magazine. Kara has received her pet CPR certification and 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, rescue groups 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.
ASSOCIATIONS & VOLUNTEER WORK:
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters:
Certified Professional Pet Care Specialist
Board of Directors 2010-2015
Governance Committee 2014-2015
Annual Conference Committee 2012-2015
Chair for Animal Welfare and Law Committee 2009-2011
Arizona Professional Pet Sitters and Associates:
Vice President 2007-2011
Arizona Professional Pet Sitter Association
NAPPS- National Association Professional Pet Sitters
Humane Society of United States (hsus.org)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org)
Pet Sitting Services Include (and are not limited to):
♥ Fresh food, water, exercise (playing / dog walking)
♥ LOTS of love and attention
♥ Administration of medication (oral & injections)
♥ Lots of play time and potty breaks for puppies
♥ Clean litter boxes
♥ Maintain your natural home environment
♥ Provide a report per visit at client’s home notifying the client of pet’s behaviors
♥ Pet Sitters can call to check in with nervous parents
♥ 24 Hour voice mail for clients to leave a message for their sitter
♥ Home security including adjusting lights/blinds
♥ Arming and disarming security system
♥ Work with cleaning, pool, landscaping services to ensure jobs are satisfactory
♥ Trash to the curb
♥ Indoor and outdoor plant care
♥ Collection of daily newspaper, mail so your home appears “lived in” while you were away
Call our office today for personal quote. 480-588-1364 Ext. 0. M-F 9am- 5pm or fill out a new client request for service. Last minute request are subject to a late booking fee.
Hours of Pet Sitting
TLC provides pet care, in your home, for your pets 365 days a year, 7 days a week, including holidays from 6am-8pm. Typical visits are usually:
Morning visits: 6am-10am
Once: 8am-8pm for CATS only
Pets we care for are: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Rabbits, Turtles, Ferrets, Gerbils and Hamsters. Call our office if your pet is not listed here.
Types of Visits
Vacation/Daily Visit: We would love to spend time with your pet(s) in the morning, afternoon, and/or evening. Our pet sitters can visit the home one, two, or three times per day. Some pets may only need service every other day (dogs are excluded for your pet’s health and safety)!
Mid-day Visit: This visit is a potty/walk break while the client is away at work, or for pets such as puppies or senior pets that need extra TLC during the day.
Dog Walking: We will walk your dog in your neighborhood on a regular basis. Many clients may have a long commute, work long hours, or have become physically unable to walk their dog. Our pet sitters are dedicated to give your pets the extra care and walking that they need when you are unable to.
Overnight Visit: Our sitter arrives after dinner and stays until the morning. This visit works best for pets that may need extra time spent with them during the evening hours, who have separation anxiety, who need more exercise, or for dogs that are crated. The overnight visit does NOT include a mid-day visit, but one may be added
House Visits: Many of our clients own second homes, rental properties, and/or investment properties in the Valley but do not live in the Valley year-round. To protect their valuable investments, these clients rely on our professional house sitting services. Our sitters will visit the home as needed and perform a thorough check of the property including: home security checks, alternating lights and/or blinds, bringing in newspapers, and pool checks. Our sitters will oversee any other home care services such as: yard, cleaning, or pool care in order to verify that the services are performed to the client’s satisfaction. Clients have peace-of-mind in knowing that their most valuable investments are under the care of our experienced, trustworthy, and reliable sitters.
Dog Walking/Corporate Business Travel: We cater our services to any on-the-go professional’s schedule. Clients who travel frequently for business or work long hours depend on our loving sitters to give their beloved pets the much needed TLC while they are away. Not only do their pets enjoy the extra attention, but our clients have a peace-of-mind knowing that their pets are well taken care of. Our clients can concentrate on their work guilt-free. Many of our busy professional clients enjoy the convenience of reserving pet sitting services and paying online.
Puppy / Senior Care: Puppies and senior pets can be so much fun but require lots of extra attention and guidance. While puppies’ bodies are growing and developing it is important to provide stimulation and exercise while limiting their exposure to other animals and environmental hazards. As your beloved senior pets age, they require more attention, medication, and potty breaks. Our clients rely on the services of our loving, experienced sitters to care for their puppies and seniors while they are at work or traveling.