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The Pet Nanny

Philadelphia Pet Services

Ned Sonstein
Ned Sonstein

Ned has worked professionally with domestic animals for over eight years and is proficient in animal CPR and the administering of medications (both hypodermic and oral). The proud parent of two rescued feral cats (Ava Shmougie and Grayson H. Kizmit), Ned has a knack for working with animals of all shapes and sizes.

As a manager for The Pet Nanny, Ned’s specialty is coordinating and overseeing large dog playgroups. Legend has it that Ned was raised by wolves in Fairmount Park and knows the local terrain like the back of his paw.

Ned is a former owner of the heralded Griffin Café and now works professionally as a musician, playing drums/percussion, piano, guitar, bass, and vox, in styles ranging form theater to rock to jazz. Ned’s first pet was a beautiful Golden Retriever named Chipper.

Patrice Caron
Patrice Caron

Patrice has been working with The Pet Nanny since August of 2007 and specializes in dog walking, cat care, and house sitting for clients. Dogs and cats have been members of her family since she was born. Her dog Katie and her childhood cats Snuggles, Mugzie, and Patches lived long and happy lives. She currently has one cat named Freddie whom she adopted after Freddie was rescued by Gina.

Patrice has a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from the University of the Arts, and has been dancing with the company Arche Dream for Humankind for the past two and a half years. In addition to dancing, Patrice is a choreographer and director in the company. She has a deep love for animals and aspires to attend school for veterinary medicine.

Nicolette Beach
Nicolette Beach

Nicolette moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to work on a degree in psychology at Drexel University. After spending over a year working in a mental health clinic, she decided to change gears and left the clinic to work for The Pet Nanny full-time in the Spring of 2010. She specializes in mid-day dog walking and cat care.

Nicolette has had a life long love of animals. She grew up surrounded by pets of all types, including a German Shepherd named Angel, a "cranky old-man" cat named Roscoe and a tarantula named Rosie. Since her arrival in Philly, she has fostered over 50 cats and kittens. In the process, she has earned the title of "Crazy Cat Lady" by her friends, but doesn't mind that at all!

She currently lives in Center City with her four "permanent resident" cats: Piper (pictured), Sinatra, Lola and Sofia. In her spare time she runs The Pet Nanny Facebook page and is pursuing a career in writing.

Hannah Lieberman
Hannah Lieberman

Hannah lives in the Art Museum Area of Philadelphia and started working for The Pet Nanny in November, 2011. Growing up with two dogs and six cats, she has been an avid animal lover and caretaker since she was a little girl. She started fostering animals at the age of 9 and hasn't stopped since! Currently she lives with three permanent rescue cats (Ziggy, Stiley and Brailee), a leopard gecko named Cricket, and foster cats and dogs from time to time as well. In addition to caring for her own pets and foster animals, Hannah volunteers for Green Street Rescue and the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT).

She is now finishing up her college education in Philadelphia. She also works at Fairmount Pet Shoppe and coordinates the adoption window. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering, yoga, biking and all things art-related.

Eric Donohue
Eric Donohue

Eric has been working with The Pet Nanny since January, 2012. His love of animals began with his extended family's and friend's pets, since his mother was allergic. Now living on his own, Eric has surrounded himself with furry friends and a lizard too. He can't imagine ever living without pets!

He also loves to volunteer at shelters and rescues. In addition to caring for animals, Eric enjoys playing guitar and drums, running and cooking. Currently, he is anxiously awaiting the Spring semester to continue his college education at Temple University.

Lauren Fithian
Lauren Fithian

Lauren started with The Pet Nanny in March of 2011, shortly after moving to the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia. Aside from pet sitting, her professional experience with animals ranges from volunteering in a feline ICU and working as a veterinary technician for a bustling seven doctor animal hospital. She is a graduate veterinary technician and recently completed her associate's degree in Animal Science.

Lauren's pack includes two awesome rescue kitties, Mash and Big Black, and two insanely energetic Italian Greyhounds, Veda and "Izzy" Isabella.

Rica Perez
Rica Perez

Rica Perez has been working for The Pet Nanny since February, 2011 and loves to walk dogs, care for kitties, and house sit from time to time. She grew up with cats, dogs and birds and enjoys spending her afternoons with animals.

Rica is currently studying anthropology at Temple University. She lives in Fishtown with her 17 roomates: 2 people, 5 dogs and 10 cats. It's sometimes called a zoo, but a fun and loving one!

Frank Abruscato
Frank Abruscato

Frank was born and raised in Philadelphia. He grew up around a ton of animals and loves all of them equally! When he's not taking care of the doggies, he drives the carriage horses downtown.

"This is the way to live", says Frank, "being surrounded by amazing animals!" If you ever bump into Frank, don't hesitate to ask him any questions. He's not shy in the least bit and loves conversation.
Amanda Rosado
Amanda Rosado

Amanda has been working with The Pet Nanny since January, 2012 and is quite glad that she stumbled upon the job. Ever since she was a kid, she collected stray animals. Most were dogs, but she also brought home cats, unwanted hamsters and the occasional chicken. A few became part of the family and others were adopted out. She loves playing with animals and even used to tell friends that if she could do that all day, she would. Now she actually does and couldn't be happier!

Currently she is a student and her most recent family additions are Sno, her parent's Prince Greyhound, and her baby boy Rocky Balboa, the Rottie. Rocky is a rescue she found and has come to be one of the best things that ever happened to her!
Laura Niedziocha
Laura Niedziocha

Laura has been a long-time friend of The Pet Nanny. During college, Laura worked for The Pet Nanny part-time. After moving out of the city for a couple of years, Laura is back and has re-joined The Pet Nanny family!

Laura specializes in early morning care. She loves all kinds of animals from fuzzy to furry, feathered to scaly. Keep a look out for her buzzing around the neighborhood with her toddler daughter!
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