Meet the Team

Meet Our Team of Critter Care Specialists

We are more than pet lovers; each team member has extensive experience in pet care, and are truly professionals in the field of Pet Sitting. Our Critter Care Specialists pass a thorough background check, as well as being vetted for their approach to animals and their care. All of our Critter Care Specialists are trained in Pet CPR and First Aid.

Each of our our pet families will have two pet sitters reserved for their pets. Prior to the first appointment, we schedule an in home visit with both of your sitters. We do this so you and your pets will be comfortable with the sitter and you will have a backup in case of a sitter emergency or illness.

Meet Our Owner

Jennifer Morrone, Owner

Jennifer Morrone

Owner

Jennifer is a native of the Virginia Peninsula and has lived in Newport News all of her life. Her experience as a pet owner began early as there were always a couple of cats in the home when she was growing up. Her knowledge in animal care expanded in the late 80’s when she started working for Value Pet, a local pet store that had several locations across Newport News, Hampton, and the South Side. Eventually, she managed one located near Fort Eustis.

Over the years, Jennifer has been a pet parent for two domestic shorthair Cats, Taffy and Raja; 55 Gallon Fresh Water Tank; a 35 Gallon Salt Water Tank; two Parakeets, Chirp and Tweet; a Rat named Icus; 3 Mice and a 2 Anoles. In 2017 She adopted a Dachshund mix named Hot Sauce from Saver of Souls (SOS) Rescue in Va. Beach. Hot Sauce is the love of her life and her husband knows it.

Jennifer started Critter Sitters and More, LLC in October of 2013 after her beloved cat Raja passed away from kidney failure. Prior to his passing, she had been planning a trip out of town and like many people, she “hired” the neighbor kids to come over and feed the kitties and take care of their needs. However, Raja’s health was deteriorating and she knew that she could not expect the neighbor kid to administer medications, monitor his health and care for his needs. That’s when she decided to find out what other options there were and began researching professional pet sitting. After Raja’s passing Jennifer decided to start own pet sitting business as a way to be around animals again.

In October of 2013 Jennifer started her career as a professional pet sitter. Jennifer manages a team of 5 Critter Care Specialists, actively pet sits, and personally meets with all new families who are looking to book pet sitting and dog walking services with Critter Sitters and More.

In January 2021, she launched the Peninsula Pups Dog Walking Club as a community outreach program of Critter Sitters and More The goal of the Dog Walking Club is to bring dog lovers together in a community atmosphere for exercise, fresh air and to meet new friends. Additionally, the Peninsula Pups Dog Walking Club is a platform to raise awareness and money for local rescues. Continuing education is a high priority for the Critter Sitters Team. Jennifer is a member of the Pet Sitters International (PSI) has earned the designation of Certified Professional Pet Sitter. The entire team maintains their Pet First and CPCR Certification and participates in many of the education programs that PSI offers.

Jennifer produces a monthly podcast “Did Fido Poop Today?” to share what she has learned with other pet lovers.

Currently, Jennifer is certified to teach Pet First Aid and CPCR Instructor through the “Pet Safety Crusader” – Denise Fleck.

Let’s meet our Critter Care Team

Aileen Aronson , Critter Care Specialist

Aileen Aronson

Critter Care Specialist & Admin Support

I love being a pet sitter because I adore animals especially dogs and I enjoy helping others. The thought that I am helping others and getting to take care of their pets brings me so much joy! A two for one deal!

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

Annette Pedersen, Critter Care Specialist

Annette Pedersen

Critter Care Specialist

I love being a Critter Care Specialist because I love interacting with the animals and being able to provide the pet parents piece of mind that their pets are being well loved and care for while they are away

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Bob Krueger

Critter Care Specialist

I love being a pet sitter because giving love and care to animals warms my heart and feels so purposeful. And the love that animals give back is pure and immeasurable.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Clayton Cooper

Critter Care Specialist

I enjoy the opportunity to meet and hangout with all types of animals and to help their people feel like their animals are safe and content while they are away.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Eva Klenner

Critter Care Specialist

Is there a better job than to brighten a pet’s day and to assure the loving owner that everything will be taken care of? I have been a volunteer sitter for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for many years and enjoy caring for these dogs and watching them grow. My curiosity extends to all animals and I love learning how to better understand their needs and how to properly fulfill them.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Isabella Strom

Critter Care Specialist

I wanted to be a pet sitter because I have always loved animals and the idea that i get to make money just hanging out with them sounded like a dream come true. So far that’s exactly what it’s been 🙂

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

Jasmine Pettaway, Critter Care Specialist

Jasmine Pettaway

Critter Care Specialist

 The best part of being a pet sitter is that I provide a peace of mind to pet owners while they are away on vacation.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Jeff Scheumann

Critter Care Specialist

The best part about being a pet sitter is seeing how happy and excited the animals are when they see you for a visit or a walk.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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John McNeile

Critter Care Specialist

I wanted to be a pet sitter because I love animals of all varieties. I love learning about new furry, scaly, or feathered friends. It’s a pleasure to know we get to look after and care for another person’s pet. It’s awesome to let families know that their pet will get warmth, care, and affection while their away.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Kassi Chavez

Critter Care Specialist

Being a part of the Critter Sitters team brings me so much joy. I love being around all animals.  I love being able to help the clients and spend quality time with their furry friends. Getting to see how excited the animals are when I come for a visit is priceless.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Kaytlynn Lesoine 

Admin Support

Being part of the Critter Sitters admin support team has been so much fun. I love being part of this very amazing team and that we are able to help pet parents with their pet sitting needs.

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Mary DiGiusto

Critter Care Specialist

I love being a team member with Critter Sitters and More because it allows me to meet all kinds of amazing pets and give them love and care when their human families are away. The love they return makes my visits so rewarding for all of us.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR, Pet SitPro-Mini Course: Canine Body Language and Play

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Matthew Henderson

Critter Care Specialist

I love being a part of the Critter Sitters and More team because: I love the core values of the company, and Jennifer’s dedication to educating the community so we can all give our pets the best care.

The best part of being a pet sitter is: Getting to spend time with the pets of course! But also, being able to give clients the piece of mind that their fur babies are okay while they are away from home.

I wanted to be a pet sitter because: I am working towards becoming a veterinary technician, and pet sitting allows me to have a more personal relationship with the pets and owners I will hopefully be serving in the future.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Meili Castro

Critter Care Specialist

The best part about being a pet sitter is connecting with animals. I love to interact with each pet’s personality as they bring the best out of me and offer unconditional companionship. The more time I get to spend with a fur companion, the more rewarding the bond!

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Michele King 

Critter Care Specialist

The best part of being a critter sitter is loving on our fur clients! I learn about their personalities and quirks as we enjoy our walks, play time, and cuddles. There’s nothing like being part of an amazing team of highly dedicated and trained professionals who provides peace of mind for our clients while they are away at work, on vacation, or attending an all-day event.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

Sharon Kressin, Critter Care Specialist

Sharon Kressin

Critter Care Specialist

I LOVE visiting precious pets, caring for them for a brief period of time, and developing relationships.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Stephanie (Steffie) Jones

Critter Care Specialist

I wanted to be a pet sitter because I know from personal experience the stress and worry that comes with having to find and leave your fur baby with someone who will hopefully love them like you do while you are away.

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Stephanie Thompson

Critter Care Specialist

I am a lover of animals both big and small and our family currently has four rescues living with us: Thelma (hound), Astrid (pocket pit) and Flower & Buttercup (guinea pigs). Being a critter sitter allows me to interact with a variety of wonderful pets and to give the fur parents peace of mind. What a perfect job!

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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Susan Nadeau

Critter Care Specialist & Admin Support

I love being a Critter Care Specialist! Whether taking a walk with a pup or curling up with a kitty, it’s the best way to earn some money and feed my soul. I am so blessed by the work I get to do for our clients!

Certifications: Pet First Aid & CPCR

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