Meet the people who care for your pets
Our diverse and skilled team of pet care and grooming experts, many of whom are pet owners themselves, will care for your pet as if he or she is their own! We’re never afraid to go the extra mile for your pet’s well-being!
Adrienne is the owner/operator of Animal Loving Care, which she took over in 2017. She is formerly a writer and editor who first came to know ALC as a Carroll Gardens resident and dog owner. She quickly found that the people and care behind the company was of a special quality. Her love for the dogs and cats of Brooklyn — and for their people — made for a happy transition into a full commitment of her time to the business. Come by our store and you’ll find her with one hand in the bathtub, another playing with the daycare pups and maybe even a thought or two on some real work.
BOARDING MANAGER, STOREFRONT & DAYCARE ATTENDANT, PET SITTER
Jenny joined ALC in 2016 as she finished her bachelor’s degree in business management from CUNY College of Staten Island. Jenny grew up with a love of animals and always knew that she would pursue a career in animal care. Previously she worked at a larger doggy daycare in south Brooklyn and came to ALC in search of an environment that would allow her to connect more personally with each dog. Jenny is also certified in pet first aid and CPR.
CAT CARE MANAGER, STOREFRONT & DAYCARE ATTENDANT, PET SITTER
John, a proud Bostonian, originally started working with animals to deepen the relationship he had with his own dog. After studying canine behavior and psychology he became a certified dog trainer. When he moved to Brooklyn it was deeply important to him that he get to continue working with animals so in late 2015 he joined ALC. Admittedly, he is beagle obsessed. You can join John and an array of puppies every Wednesday night at Puppy Play Night!
DOG WALKING MANAGER, CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER
Tamaki grew up taking care of a variety of animals. As a teenager she adopted a yorkshire terrier named Taro who was aggressive, fearful, and difficult to handle. Tamaki began to independently study canine behavior and psychology. The methods she learned helped change Taro’s behavior immensely. Tamaki now uses these skills to help train the walkers at ALC how to best control their walking group. In 2010, Tamaki earned a Basic Canine Trainer certificate from Walk This Way training school in Brooklyn. Tamaki also continues her canine behavior education via her apprenticeship with Urban K-9 and the Catch Canine Trainers Academy Master Course.
Ana joined our storefront after relocating to New York City from Brazil. A lifelong animal lover and proud mother of two cats, she was thrilled to find such a PAW-fect work environment in her new neighborhood. Ana holds a B.A. in social communications and a masters in commercial communication. The best part of the day for Ana is “being greeted by dogs who are so happy to walk in.”
Asako has been a dog walker with ALC since early 2016. Originally from Japan, she grew up with a black lab who she loved dearly. Asako holds a B.A in Social Management from Kyoto Sangyo University. Since joining ALC Asako has found that her favorite moments are surprising her walking clients with treats or impromptu trips to the park.
DAYCARE ATTENDANT - STOREFRONT - PET SITTER - DOG WALKER
Chantel, a jack-of-all-trades at ALC, is originally from the great state of Hawaii, where she provided local cats and dogs with in-home care. She moved to New York City to study pre-physical therapy at Pace University. Since mid-2016, Chantel has helped us to create safe and soothing experiences for the pets in our care and is particularly partial to playing with bubbles with our daycare dogs.
DOG WALKER -PET SITTER
Diana, a transplant from Connecticut, joined ALC in 2015 after graduating from Goucher College with a major in theater. When not exploring the stage she finds great pleasure in walking with her joyful four-legged friends.
Hiroko came to Brooklyn after completing graduate school in London and since 2014 has been one of our most popular cat sitters. Having a cat with diabetes herself, Hiroko understands that cats are part of the family and takes pride in providing owners the confidence of knowing their cats are getting the best possible care.
Junko joined the ALC team in 2014. She has spent her life devoted to caring for other people’s cats as well as her own three. She often fosters others. Junko cherishes the opportunity to create new relationships with each cat she meets. Her lifelong hobby has been photography and she enjoys getting to send owners beautifully photographed updates while they are away.
Miyuki is a graduate of Yokohama Trimming School in Japan. She returned to her career as a professional dog groomer in 2014 at ALC. After working a series of jobs that proved to be unfulfilling she understood that her passion was helping animals to achieve their most fabulous looks! To get a taste of Miyuki’s grooming style she can be followed at @myadoggroomer on instagram.
DOG WALKER, PET SITTER
Moeka is a graduate of Ritsumeikan University where she studied image arts and sciences in Japan before moving to the United States. As a lifelong animal lover – and the previous owner of dogs, chicks, turtles, fish, and even two chipmunks – Moeka was very excited to pursue a career as a dog walker. Some of her favorite parts of the job include the joyous greetings she receives from her regular clients, as well as watching the puppies she meets become fully trained adult dogs.
Nikki graduated from the American Academy of Pet Grooming in 2014 and immediately joined the team at ALC. Not only does Nikki show an incredible technique in dog grooming but her passion for providing care and compassion to dogs make her a tremendous asset to our team. When Nikki is not showering somebody else’s dog with love she can be found cuddled up with her own, Peanut.
DOG WALKER, BOARDING STAFFER
Pedro joined the Animal Loving Care family in 2014 and has been loved by clients ever since. As both a walker and boarder he values the close relationships he has been able to make with each of the dogs in his care. Pedro can always be found walking the neighborhood with a posse of pups or cuddled up with those staying at the store!
Priscilla joined ALC as a walker in late 2014. She graduated college for design and has a masters in Fashion Design. Growing up Priscilla had dogs and cats her whole life. In her home country, Brazil, there are many stray animals that she would help take care of in addition to her own. The most rewarding experience Priscilla has had is “when one of the dogs gets excited or happy to see me on the street.”
Rika, a graduate of Shukutoku College with a degree in social welfare, joined ALC as a dog walker in 2017 and has enjoyed building trust with each of her regular clients. Devoting everything she has to providing a happy and safe experience for each pup she walks, Rika is extremely thankful to be a valued part of the ALC team.
Saabria joined ALC as a student intern – studying Animal Behavior as well as Ecology and Conservation – and after showing great strength in her handling skills was brought on as a member of our daycare team. Saabria can be found playing with the daycare pups and has loved getting to know all of their different personalities!
Sabrina joined ALC after grooming for over six years. Seeking an environment that would allow her to create unique relationships with the animals she groomed, Sabrina found her home here. She says grooming became her passion when she realized she can “create the feeling of a second home for every one of my clients, and that is amazing to me.” Her work shows incredible technique and dedication. To see samples of Sabrina’s grooming style follow @groomerchronicles on instagram.
DAYCARE ATTENDANT, BATHER/BRUSHER
Sarah joined the ALC team shortly before graduating grooming school. She attended the American Academy of Pet Grooming Manhattan and realized she wanted to have more one-on-one experience with the pups in her care. Sarah is always a team player and you can find her in our daycare area playing for hours on end with all of her four legged friends!
DAYCARE ATTENDANT, BOARDING STAFFER
Sandra is currently a junior at Brooklyn College and a crucial member of the ALC family since she joined in early 2016. Originally from Estonia, Sandra previously worked in a small pet store for over a year – and has done volunteer work at an animal rescue. Sandra also worked in a doggy daycare in Manhattan for several years. Sandra’s happy place is snuggled up with a group of pups after a long day of play!
DAYCARE ATTENDANT, BOARDING STAFFER
Umer joined ALC in late 2015 after relocating to the U.S. from Pakistan. In his home country he practiced veterinary medicine for three years with his wife Noor (also a member of the ALC team.) He is a graduate of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore. Umer says he is continually excited to get to work at ALC “where I can build close relationships with each dog.”