Learn more about the Divine Pet Care® credentials and qualifications that make us an excellent choice for your pet sitting and dog walking needs.
Commendations from the ASPCA
"Karen took over and helped the ASPCA's medical department evolve into what it is today. Karen has always put 200% into every task she has taken on. She is thorough, diligent, and extremely hard working.... Her knowledge of veterinary medicine...is evident in her excellent work.... she has effectively organized a very fluid staff to care for a large population of animals with special medical and behavioral needs.... Karen's absence will be felt." — Dr. J. Lander, ASPCA Adoptions Center Director of Medicine, 2008
"I highly recommend Karen. Karen has tremendous managerial, organizational, situation analysis and communication skills, as well as the necessary patience to resolve problems that are encountered throughout the normal course of conducting business." — A. Hazelwood, ASPCA Former Animal Behavior Counselor/CPDT Present ASPCA Adoptions Center Director, 2008
Karen at Spartan Race (Elite Status).
Karen's adopted rescue: Sadie Amari (Sadie Amari was adopted by a loving and long-time pet parent/client who asked us specifically to give her a forever home. Sadie Amari was abused prior to becoming a member of our family and has separation anxiety but has come a long way and is now one of the happiest dogs you will ever meet. Sadie Amari loves working with us on the road and participating in dog playgroups and going on pack walks.)
Karen and one of her happy dog walking and pet sitting clients: Agnes.
Karen feeding stray dogs in Navaho reservation.
Why Choose Us?
Member of PSI (Pet Sitters International) and NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)
25 years of professional and academic animal-related experience, including professional and non-professional pet sitting
Mercy College Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology *In addition to other veterinary technology coursework, Karen participated in a four-month college externship at the renowned Animal Medical Center and a six-month college externship at the Staten Island Zoo
American Red Cross cat and dog First Aid/CPR Certified
Former ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Adoption Center Animal Care Technician and Senior Medical Animal Care Technician Manager
ASPCA Adoption Center Shelter Staff Manager/PhD Animal Behavior Department Liaison
Trained and managed over 50 ASPCA Animal Care Technicians over four years, including dog leash walking
Generated and maintained all ASPCA shelter care protocols and spearheaded the revision of cleaning and disinfecting protocols (disease control) in major municipal shelters throughout NYC
ASPCA 2008 Angel Award Nominee
Familiar with various dog walking equipment, e.g., Gentle Leader head collars, Easy Walk harnesses, Sense-ation harnesses, prong collars, etc.
ASPCA and Mercy College animal behavior training
OSHA and Veterinary Practice Safety Certified
Former Bronx Zoo seasonal zookeeper
Former Vieques Humane Society Animal Shelter and Clinic Manager/LVT *24/7 handling of all animal intake (stray and owner relinquishment) and medical emergencies due to poisonings, parvovirus, ehrlichiosis, heartworm, car accidents.
Former mobile veterinary Clinic Manager/LVT
Former pet food and supplies business owner
Additional Credentials & Qualifications
Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Nutrition Specialist
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Columbia University Business Management Coursework
Former NY State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
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