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!
Owner/OperatorAdrienne is the owner/operator of Animal Loving Care and it is her dream job 🙂 Adrienne first came to know ALC as a Carroll Gardens resident and dog owner and later spent several years managing operations while juggling an editorial career. Her love for the dogs and cats of Brooklyn — and for their people — made for a happy transition into a full commitment to the business when she formally took the reigns in early 2017. She became a finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, announced at the Pet Connections Expo in PA, in 2018. Adrienne lives with her husband and two rescue pups, Gladys and Baxter. Email Adrienne.
General ManagerJenny 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.
Cat Care Manager, Storefront, Pet SitterJohn, 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 at our monthly puppy socials!
Dog Walking Manager, Certified Dog TrainerTamaki 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.
Storefront, Cat SitterCorinne is a Brooklyn native who grew up with a brother who liked to bring strays home for the family to nurse back to health. She has dog and cat sat for years, and is aunt to many of her friend’s dogs. A writer and editor during the week, you can find her tending the ALC storefront on the weekends, because who doesn’t want to spend their Saturdays and Sundays with a host of furry friends covering you with kisses and unconditional love?
Daycare AttendantDestiny grew up with animals from a young age as her mother was a veterinary technician. She knew she, too, wanted to work with animals since the age of six. Destiny is currently in college with a track to study veterinary medicine. She loves working with the daycare pups at ALC because she “get[s] to meet dogs of all breeds with all different personalities and I love them all!”
Dog WalkerDouglas began working as an ALC dog walker in early summer of 2018, but he spent years professionally walking dogs in Downtown Manhattan before that. On Sept. 11th, he was walking when the towers fell and spent the day rounding up all his clients’ dogs and getting them to safe havens out of the area until he could reach their owners. Douglas is a native New Yorker and grew up in a house full of cats and dogs as well as six older siblings! “My passion lies in the care of animals,” he says.
GroomerGabby joined ALC in spring of 2017 after apprenticing and working with a senior groomer in salons in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Gabby quickly became a master at handling dogs and cats who have anxiety with grooming. She is a music lover and is often seen singing and dancing with the pets she grooms. She is Pet CPR certified.
Cat SitterHiroko 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.
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
Cat SitterJunko 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.
Dog WalkerBrooklyn born and raised, Justin joined the ALC dog walking team in Spring 2018. An avid animal lover as far back as he can remember, Justin has found it incredibly rewarding to walk with and get to know the unique personalities of each dog in his charge. The only person unhappy with his new line of work is his grumpy but loyal cat Luna whom he found abandoned after Hurricane Sandy in 2012; every day he comes home and she wonders where he’s been and why he smells like dogs!
GroomerMiyuki 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! Miyuki is known as Brooklyn’s premier doodle groomer for all of the fabulous doodle breeds in our hood.
Groomer, Pet SitterMie is a graduate of the New York School of Grooming, class of 2008. Mie has been an integral part of ALC since 2008. On top of being an all-star groomer Mie is also an avid marathoner and a loyal member of a running team in Manhattan. “The best part of my day is seeing how happy both owner and pup are after the groom is done.”
Dog Walker, Overnight Staffer, Pet SitterPedro 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!
Dog Walker, Pet SitterRika, 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.
StorefrontRuby is a bright, bubbly, and warm personality always eager to greet our human and pup clients as they come and go. She has a strong love for animals and pet sat and dog walked for neighbors and friends for many years before joining ALC. Ruby has a young daughter who also shares her animal obsession and together they enjoy watching dog and kitty videos and meeting furry friends.
Daycare Staffer, Overnight Staffer, StorefrontSaabria 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!
Daycare Attendant, Overnight StafferSandra is currently a student 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, Overnight StafferSavannah came to ALC as a student intern where she quickly showed her ability to wrangle the pack while offering plenty of hugs and kisses. Savannah is a Brooklyn native who has spent lots of time around kids and volunteering with youth groups — making her a natural at handling the kindergarten qualities of dogs at play!