Meet Karyn & the Team
Hello, I’m Karyn Soergel, owner of Wisconsin Pet Care. WPC was founded in 2008 with the goal of providing a level of pet care where clients would NEVER have to think twice if their pets were being properly looked after and loved. Our entire team understands what that commitment means:
Our high standards for pet care will never be compromised.
Animals instinctively know whether a person possesses warmth, compassion and a caring nature toward them. It is our first order of business to select and match caregivers who embody those traits and form a real connection with the pets in their care. Add to that the proper mix of skills and training and you have defined our highly qualified staff members.
Our Extraordinary People Have a Passion for Pets
The Wisconsin Pet Care team is comprised of skilled professional caregivers. Each team member is chosen for their pet experience, compassion and knowledge. They have passed an extensive background check, a personality assessment test and a security interview. In addition, each employee is given 2 weeks of specific WPC training, including First Aid and CPR, before they are assigned a route. Since we work as a team, your pets will get to share their love with more than one person.
Senior Territory/Team Manager, Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Kay leads the wonderful Wisconsin Pet Care team for training, development and quality control. Kay started working part time in Kenosha and has grown tremendously with the company. In a remarkably short period, she has become a strong manager and leader. Her skills include both farm and domestic animal care.
Territory Manager, Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Ben joined the Wisconsin Pet Care team when he moved to Milwaukee from Savannah where he worked as manager at a holistic pet store for several years. His background includes education in training, pet care and animal behavior. Ben knows pets are family members, and enjoys spending time getting to know each pet’s personality. He is an avid film and music lover, plays in local band FuzzySurf (he encourages everyone to check them out) and is married to Kim, his favorite person in the world.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Ainsley has always had a passion and love for animals and has four rescue pets of her own. In addition to her work with Wisconsin Pet Care, she is currently getting a Masters Degree in Human-Canine Life Sciences at Bergin College of Canine Studies. “WPC has given me the opportunity to care for others’ pets as though they are my own. I’ve gained experience with new breeds, and am able to use what I’m currently learning both in school and with our clients.”
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Growing up Alex always had pets, but especially cats! She is the proud mom of three very spoiled tabby cats, Daisy, Oxley and Peri. Her love of working with dogs grew from photographing them for a non-profit association in Chicago. Her photos helped the lovable pups find forever homes by capturing their unique personalities. Her patience and nurturing spirit make me a great pet photographer and she us excited to bring her skills to Wisconsin Pet Care as a dog walker and pet sitter!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter I grew up with a cat and a dog and currently have two dogs, Fenrir and Puck. I have been working with dogs and cats for over three years: I was a veterinary assistant at an animal hospital while attending college to be a vet and worked at a doggy day care for 2+ years. I got into pet care because all my life I have loved dogs and love the way pets bring a smile to people’s faces. I love taking care of pets because I love making them happy, and that makes me very happy, too!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Alyssa worked as a vet tech at MADACC for 4 years, a valuable asset for WPC clients as she is accustomed to comforting shy or stressed animals and is a pro at administering medications to your pets if needed. In addition to working for WPC, she is a tech assistant at Waukesha Veterinary Referral Center (WVRC) emergency vet clinic. She has an American Bully dog named Mila (who’s shy at first with new people but loves every dog she’s ever met) and a Saddlebred horse named Johnny.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Alyssa started her career with animals as a dog groomer and has been working as a “stylist” for the last eight years. She has worked with all different breeds and sizes of dogs and loves building a trusting relationship with her clients! She is also a big-time cat lover and has one of her own at home.
Territory Manager, Dog Walker and Pet Sitter In addition to her work with Wisconsin Pet Care, Ann is an ice-skating coach and has toured the country with Disney on Ice, so she is fast on her feet! Ann has been with WPC for six years and covers both Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie. She will provide the very best care for not only cats and dogs, but also rabbit and aviary clients. She is the shining example of what WPC is all about…love, peace of mind and the very best care for your furry ones.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Billy covers a wide territory including Bay View, 3rd Ward, and Walkers Point. Prior to joining WPC, Billy enrolled in our “Boot Camp” where he learned the tremendous demands of the job, the high standards we expect from our staff and how to expertly take care of the pets under our care. He did so well, we hired him immediately after he graduated. He’ll love yours like he loves his own (and they’ll love him right back)!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter After leaving her career in the corporate world, Cathy decided to really focus on what made her passionate. The leap to work with dogs wasn’t a leap at all. People like Cathy were meant for this type of work. Meeting her it’s clear that you’re speaking with a down-to-earth, fun-loving person who will always do what’s best for you and your pets. Cathy has a natural ability to go above and beyond in customer service, and showering affection on your pets – we’re very fortunate to have her on the team.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Chelsea’s personality is as sweet as pie. She’s thoughtful and a great listener with a peaceful, calm disposition. A very caring person, she loves to make others happy (including dogs!). She has excelled in her training with us; the love she has with dogs is very visible in her interactions with them. Chelsea is the perfect fit for timid dogs, but works well with all of our dogs! Her attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and customer service shine through in all her communications, and clients love to hear how their dog’s day went, or how their weekend sitting went. In addition to her canine talents Chelsea is currently finishing her masters in theater education.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter When she was little, Diana wanted to be a veterinarian, but she learned at a young age that she couldn’t handle the “sad parts” of the job so she didn’t pursue it. However, her love for animals didn’t diminish! She has had cats of her own, and cared for family pets. She has a Black Lab mix who is about 5 years old, and both graduated from a PetSmart dog training class with honors. Diana loves hiking and the outdoors and being a part of the WPC community where she has the opportunity to meet and care for so many different animals with unique personalities.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Heather covers Brookfield, NW Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls. She has been an animal lover since childhood and her love of them was something she and her mother always shared: “I remember rescuing many lost animals with my mom!” Pet sitting is a great complement to her day job – she can get still get her animal fill when she can’t have house full of her own. It also gives her a chance to play with kitties because her current dog doesn’t love the idea of a feline sibling (or any sibling for that matter!). “Working at Wisconsin Pet Care allows me to care for other’s animals in the way that I’d want my fur child cared for.”
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Jane loves spending time with and caring for all sorts of pets, so joining the Wisconsin Pet Care team has been an absolute dream come true! She is experienced in pet handling and care and excited to get to work with you and your furry family member!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Jennifer covers Kenosha, Mount Pleasant and Racine for pet sitting and dog walking. She is a retired vet tech and we always look to Jennifer if we have a medical issue (her nickname is “Dr. Jennifer”). She has a passion for horses and all types of birds. She will take amazing care of four-legged and feathered friends. (By the way, she’s also a bird groomer!)
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Julia grew up on a family farm and has enjoyed being around animals as long as she can remember. An environmental educator for Milwaukee Public Schools for the past 11 years, she takes children hiking to teach them about Wisconsin plants and animals, and to the MPS animal museum where children are able to touch live animals including snakes, turtles, frogs, birds and insects. Julia has always lived with cats and now shares her home with Beauty and Tiger Lily. She has been delighted to meet so many wonderful pets while working for Wisconsin Pet Care!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Kayla loves caring for animals and working for Wisconsin Pet Care. She has had many pets in her life, from chinchillas and hamsters to dogs, cats and horses and can’t wait to meet and care for your pets.
Territory Manager, Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Kayt covers Shorewood and Milwaukee’s East Side. Her ideal job is working for Wisconsin Pet Care as a pet sitter and dog walker. With an art background, clients can look forward to great sketches come holiday time from a professional artist! Her own babies include Milo, a fluffy white cat with different colored eyes, and Oy, an adorable new pup.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Kim grew up around large dogs so they hold a special place in her heart, but cats (especially picky ones) have always liked her. In college, she began her pet care career taking care of pets of friends and family when they traveled or needed a little extra help. She also works as an actor at Milwaukee County Zoo, educating children about conservation and how small steps in our daily lives can reduce our environmental impact. She and her husband Ben have Dolly, a rescued American Bulldog/Hound mix who loves taking her parents for long walks along the Riverwalk.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Lori has had animals all her life and has always had a love and respect for them. Her passion for animals started at a young age, and she brings a tremendous amount of experience to WPC. She has worked at 2 animal hospitals, one as a kennel assistant, and one as a vet tech. She also ran her own business as a dog walker, pet sitter and trainer in Georgia before relocating to Wisconsin. She’s cared for dogs, cats and many fun and unusual pets from exotic birds, guinea pigs, horses, koi fish, and even chickens!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Mehra has had a passion for animals since her childhood and has had four dogs of her own. She gained experience dealing with many different breeds while working at doggie daycare, and respects all the animals in her care, treating them as her own. She currently has three naughty cats – Simba, Dinker and Sylvester.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Melanie covers South Milwaukee, Greenfield, Greendale, Franklin and Oak Creek. Prior to joining Wisconsin Pet Care, she served as a veterinary tech at a cat hospital on Milwaukee’s East Side. She adds a compassionate heart to her vet tech experience, which provides the love and care your pets deserve.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Melissa is a natural with animals and became interested in pet care after growing up with the constant exposure of having two veterinarians as parents! “I wanted a job involving pet care for my gap year to finally do something for my own enjoyment, instead of previous jobs I needed in order to get into medical school.” She has had numerous pets of her own including fish, frogs, cats, dogs, goats, horses, bunnies, and raccoons.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Nellie has over 10 years of hands-on experience with her own and others’ animals including dogs, cats, reptiles, small mammals and many farm animals! She adores them all as if they are her own. She got into pet care when she was 13, volunteering to help an elderly couple care for their 4 horses. Since then, she has worked many jobs caring for animals, from being a stable hand at a horse boarding facility to doggy day care. “I absolutely love getting to know each animal’s personality and seeing their excitement to see me when I come to play, train, exercise or just hang out with them.”
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Susan’s lifelong love of animals brought her to Wisconsin Pet Care when she retired. Though this is her first pet care job, she is an advocate for rescue and has experience in both fostering and transport for a Wisconsin breed-specific rescue group. The pets in her care are happy she landed here!
Territory Manager, Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Teah covers Brookfield, Wauwatosa and West Allis. She has had dogs her entire life, the most being 6 at once! “Animals have had a huge and positive impact on my life. I want to help others experience the same joy I’ve had with my pets.” If she not taking care of her own babies, she’s traveling. Fun fact: she tends to attract wild or stray animals wherever she goes. A pack of pups befriended her in Puerto Rico, and a wild doe almost followed her home!