I ensure your loved ones are cared for in a professional and conscientious manner, tailored to your expectations. My priority is your best friend’s safety, health, and happiness.
I have over 10 years experience with primarily household animals which includes but not limited to caring for the family dog (walking, playing, training, feeding) to cat care and kitten nursing. I have 3 cats (one senior) that were all adopted in Panama and brought over to Canada, all from different situations and with ranging histories. A couple of my other experiences include volunteering at a spay and neuter clinic in Panama which included registering and weighing cats and dogs pre-surgery, nursing an abandoned kitten prior to adoption, and caring for the animals at a hostel for several months which included a large dog (mixed breed), a mom and her three newly born kittens, two adult cats, and chickens.
My educational background is in environmental studies, dealing with ecology, wildlife conservation, and human-animal relations. I like to apply this background in my approach to animals and animal behaviour, with an aim to account for your friend’s perspective and ensure your pets are fully comfortable and content.
I understand the stress that pet owners can feel when leaving on vacation or even going to work for the day and having to leave their loved ones behind. Animal welfare and owner comfortability are of greatest importance to me and this is taken into account to ensure both pet owners and their best friends feel secure and have a pleasant experience.
All services include changing water, checking food bowls, cleaning litter boxes, and play. The following services are currently offered:
1) Drop-in day visits (single or multiple visits through-out the day.
-visits are 30-40 min. each depending on the customer's needs (not including travel time)
-multiple visits are available throughout the day and can be booked simultaneously for longer visits/day-sitting in the owner’s home.
3) Dog walking
-walks are minimum 30 minutes each.
-locations of walks will depend on the owner's comfort level but can include the neighbourhood and local trails.
*Playing with pets is part of all day-sitting, drop-ins, and dog walking*
ADDITIONAL SERVICES (No extra charge when part of day-sitting, visits, walking, playing):
*You must request these services during booking or in advance of visit*
1) Pet photography (digital copies can be emailed to you. Please note I do not do prints).
2) Human-animal relations information for interested pet owners (e.g. shifting human perceptions of other species in order to gain a stronger understanding of and respect for the animals that live with and around us)
3) Vehicle available to drive pets to vet or animal hospital in emergency situations.
(I do not take offer transport for your pets to check-up vet appointments UNTIL your pet is fully comfortable with me. This is to reduce stress and anxiety in you pet(s) and ensure their comfort).
Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, I do not offer boarding at this time as this may impact an animal’s comfortability and possibly safety (due to other pets in household).
ENSURING A GREAT EXPERIENCE:
Prior to meeting
- I request that owners please share any important information about daily routines as well as personality, behaviours, injuries, fears, or any other relative information pertaining to their pet(s). This information will help me to be more aware of any important factors and ensure pet safety. This will also assure your daily routines are being followed and respected.
-If you have already provided me with all necessary information pertaining to your pet(s), no further action is needed unless there are any important updates.
SERVICE HOURS: Monday - Sunday
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Wow. Super with the pets, VERY accommodating. Loved the photos and updates and really appreciated all the extra details Yana did while we were away! Definitely recommend Yana and we will 100% be using Yana again in the future!
Yana was really great. She took great care of our kitties and our house. As important as that, Yana was very effective in communicating with us. Billie and Raj are very affectionate and energetic, and Yana always sent pictures and videos of the plays and cuddles. I would definitely recommend her.
Education in Environmental Studies (Bachelors and Masters degree). Part of my masters degree focused on human-animal relations (including perspectives and theories, human-wildlife conflict, trafficking, tourism impacts), and overall wildlife conservation. This background informs my perspective of other species and has pushed me to advocate for animals from a less human-centred, intrinsic value approach. Other direct skills involve handling and weighing dogs and cats for a spay/neuter clinic, kitten care, and basic dog and cat care. I have a fully clean record, with no prior arrests nor convinctions.
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