Our mission is to provide exceptional in-home pet care services to our clients. To this end, we have a very stringent hiring process that we use to bring only the absolute best Chicago dog walkers and pet sitters on to our team. All of our staff members have been background checked, are employees (not independent contractors), are covered under our insurance and bonding and participate in ongoing education and training. You can learn more about each of our amazing pet care specialists below. For more information about our company philosophy, make sure to check out our About Page!
CARA, OWNER & FOUNDER
Starting a pet care business was a natural choice for Cara. Growing up with dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, hamsters and various amphibians, she has been surrounded by animals her entire life. In 2009, Cara decided to turn her passion into a career and in 2013, the doors at Cara Care were officially opened.
Cara is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International and certified in Pet First Aid & CPR through the American Red Cross. She specializes in working with special needs pets including those with seperation anxiety, epilepsy, IVDD, renal failure, diabietes, FIV and other medical conditions.
Cara has also won several awards over the years for her pet care services including the 2015 Best of Thumbtack designation, the 2016, 2017 & 2018 People Love Us on Yelp Awards and the 2019 & 2020 Top 5 International Pet Sitter of the Year Awards.
In addition to running Cara Care, Cara is also the proud mama of her rescue dog Cayman. When not working or volunteering, she can often times be found taking Cayman out for long walks around the city of Chicago.
CAYMAN, CHIEF TREAT SUPERVISOR
Cara was volunteering at the Cayman Islands Humane Society in the fall of 2015 when she first saw a “Caymanian Mutt” named Rissa. The moment Cara saw Rissa’s picture on the wall of the shelter, her heart melted, and she knew that she couldn’t leave her behind. The next day, Rissa came home with Cara for a sleepover, and she never left. It was then that she received her forever name, Cayman.
Since being adopted, Cayman has over come a lot of challenging health issues including heart worm disease, tail surgery and an IVDD diagnose in the fall of 2018. Since being diagnosed with IVDD, she has had emergency surgery for a herniated disc in her back, treatment for two cervical disc extrusions and preventative stem cell therapy in Houston, TX for all of her other discs. All of Cayman’s special medical needs have inspired how we provide pet care services for other special needs pets.
Despite all of these obstacles, Cayman is a very sweet and playful dog. Even though she is almost 7 years old, everyone always asks if she is a puppy. Being an island dog, she enjoys warm, sunny weather and absolutely dreads going outside in the rain or snow. She absolutely loves all of her rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill and acupuncture. Her favorite treats are cheese, peanut butter, pumpkin and bully sticks. If you see her outside, don’t be afraid to say, “Hello!” She loves meeting new people and getting lots of pets!