Meet Our Team

We are a Seattle-based company and take pride in our work.  We hire only the most caring, dependable people who love animals and that shows in the care we give. Contact us today!

Drew Bensen

Drew Bensen

Owner

Drew started Close to home officially in 2008, but has been helping friends with their loved ones since 2000. His goal was to change the direct of his life and do what he loved. Since then he has encouraged others to join the team and pursue their dreams. His motto is "Livin the dream and designing my life." Contact Drew anytime at 206 650-2380.

Stan Reed

Stan Reed

Field Manager

Stan is a kind, gentle human that loves being with dogs and cats. He also loves helping people.When the animals meet Stan, they instantly fall in love. He often tells us how much he loves working with animals and Close to Home. We are grateful to have Stan on our team and in our Close to Home family.

Stephanie Heathcote

Stephanie Heathcote

General Manager

Stephanie is a native Seattleite who grew up in West Seattle and continues to live there today. She has spent the majority of her life around animals, and shares a home with a lab/border collie mix that she rescued ten years ago. When she’s not hanging out with her dog, she enjoys travel.

Crystal P

Crystal P

Crystal was born in Washington state and relocated to Kentucky at age 7, returning to Seattle at age 15. The time in Kentucky allowed her deep appreciation for animals and the outdoors to flourish, feeding the neighbors cows, biking local trails and rescuing the occasional turtle from the road. Since living in Seattle she has explored her artistic side and currently plays in local rock band Cabana.

Amy R

Amy R

Amy and Drew met back in the 90’s playing hockey together. They have been reunited and it feels so good to be part of the Close to Home family. Amy is a born and raised Seattleite and avid runner and soccer player ( she hung up her skates years ago). She loves to trail run with her dogs Lexie and Owen. She and her husband Lee love to travel the world as well.

Sonja F

Sonja F

Sonja Furney is a born-and-raised Washingtonian who is passionate about making the lives of dogs and the people who love them easier. She volunteers for PAWS, has over ten years experience working with dogs, and is studying to become a professional dog trainer.

John D

John D

Born and raised in Maine until moving to Seattle in 2007, John lives in West Seattle and is currently studying to become a Vet Tech. He has one dog and one cat and likes to paint in his spare time.

Vanessa T

Vanessa T

Vanessa is a Seattle gal who grew up in Ballard. She loves working with Close to Home because it gives her the opportunity to combine her background in counseling with her love for animals. Vanessa hopes to work with therapy dogs soon. She enjoys adventuring in the woods, the arts, and cozying up with a good book.

Aaron D

Aaron D

Aaron has lived in many places across the country, but calls the Northwest home. He has lived in west Seattle since 2003. He loves the outdoors and spend his free time enjoying extreme adventures. He has always had a dog in his life (including Great Danes, Mastiffs, Hounds, and Terriers), but he currently owns two Jack Russells.

Arielle P

Arielle P

Arielle was born and raised in NYC, but has found Seattle to feel far more like home. Starting as a dog walker at age 12, Arielle has had a long standing love of caring for furry friends. After getting a puppy in early 2016, Arielle started clicker training -- and brings positive reinforcement into every walk, pet sit, and animal interaction. For fun, Arielle is a thru-hiker (Camino 2013, PCT 2015, CDT 2017!).

Alison M

Alison M

In early 2015 Alison returned to the Pacific Northwest after twelve years away. Combining her love of animals and desire to start a new career, she joined the Close to Home team. Having been exposed to animals much of her life and working as a house sitter for many years, it has been a natural transition. In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time with her family, music/dancing, and learning new things.

Alex C

Alex C

Born and raised in Portland, OR, Alex has always called the NW home. Her connection with animals began at age 2 with her best friend, a Great Dane named Jonas. She‘s been walking and pet sitting for the last decade and enjoys finding creative ways to make animals feel relaxed and happy. When she’s not walking, she makes music and art, rollerskates, swims, and hangs out with her family pack.

Kim R

Kim R

Kim is a Northwest native and has called West Seattle home since 2007. She has been working with animals for the past 16 years, spending many years in various veterinary hospitals, and now with massage therapy. Kim enjoys a thriving massage practice in West Seattle helping pets and their people live a pain free life. She currently shares her home with two dogs and three cats.

Jordan M

Jordan M

Jordan is a gentle soul with a passion for the well-being of animals of all shapes and sizes. He is deeply committed to providing physical and emotional care for pets under his watch. Originally from the East coast, Jordan headed West for college and hasn‘t looked back since. When he isn’t taking care of pets, you can find him performing on stages across Seattle.

Lisa M

Lisa M

Lisa is originally from the Midwest, but has been in Seattle since 1990 - long enough to call it home. She has been passionate about cats all her life, and is delighted to work with Close to Home so she can spend quality time with with so many marvelous cats. At home, she also has a sweet 19-year-old kitty named Lucy.

Taira O

Taira O

Taira has been fortunate to call the Northwest home for the past 18 years. She has always had a passion for animals and hopes to own a rescue farm some day. In her free time, Taira enjoys gardening and hanging out with her cat, Olive, and her goldfish, Kermit.