Hello, my name is Whitney, I am a full-time elementary school teacher and began working part-time with Special Friends in summer of 2016. While I did not always grow up with a house full of pets, I loved being around those of my family and friends. In October 2014, I adopted a five year old boxer named Presley who has brought much joy to myself, my family, and my students. I look forward to meeting your pets!

Hello, my name is Megan and I've worked for Special Friends since August 2013 while I work towards my degree in Business Management and Marketing. I have always been passionate about animals and was fortunate enough to grow up in a home full of dogs which included basset hounds in my younger years and a fun bunch of rescue mixes later on. I currently live in Beavercreek with my cat Linus who I rescued in May of 2012. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members! 

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Hello, my name is Emily. I'm an experienced pet lover and owner living in Kettering, Ohio with my husband and two very spoiled Cavalier mixes. I've been a pet owner (mainly dogs) since early in my childhood. I truly love animals and will treat your pet(s) with all the love and attention that I treat my own. 

My most recent employment was as a nanny for a family with a toddler, newborn and a puppy. I am familiar with watching animals for extended periods of time and giving medications. I would be more than willing to answer any questions about my care. I'm also not opposed to training your pet. I have experience with crate training both of my pups, who also do tricks for treats. I hope to meet you and your furry family soon. 

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​Animals of all kinds, shapes and sizes have always been a part of my personal life. My professional background includes over 10 years as a computer engineer. I call that my ‘former life.’ I gave that all up when I started volunteering at SICSA, where I rekindled my love for animals.  I very quickly jumped into the world of homeless pets and served in many capacities at SICSA, including Junior Volunteer Coordinator, Animal Care Coordinator, Dog Obedience Trainer, Pet Facilitated Therapy and Education Coordinator where I took animals to nursing homes, hospice, girl scout troops, schools, and other venues.  I loved my job!  After twenty years at SICSA it was time to move on.  I then founded Special Friends Pet Sitting Service, LLC.

Throughout my life, animals have been my love and passion. I am involved in several rescue organizations and have fostered numerous dogs and a few cats.  I’ve always known that pets are an important members of the family and deserve the best care possible!   So that is what Special Friends provides each client, or as we like to say “member of our Special Friends family!” 

Special Friends Pet Sitting Service has grown through word of mouth from those that have entrusted their pets to our care. Thank you for trusting us with yours.

Best Regards,                         

Alicia Heidorn

SFPSS Founder