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

Dog Boss

Entrepreneur/Author
He started Close To Home in 2008. The reason for choosing this Company has remained the same:
Connect people, care for the internal team and clients, treat the animals with respect and love, do the best job we can each day and be willing to pursue our own personal dreams.
Better Business Bureau Accredited 2019/20
Certified Professional Pet Sitter 2020-23
COVID-19 Certified 2020
Transgender Human and 100% owner of CTH Company
Member of the NAACP and ACLU
NGLCC Certified Company

Jenn T

Jenn T

Manager

Jenn is a born and raised West Seattle-ite and no matter how many times she leaves, she always settles back in West Seattle. Close to Home Pet Services gives her the opportunity to hang out with some sweet pups as well as keep her outside where she’s happiest. Her and her family have four dogs, three of which are rescues. All of their sweet boys are flat-faced lumps with many different needs.
COVID-19 Certified June 2020
Pet Sitters International Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI

Katie S

Katie S

Scheduler -Dog/Cat Team

I grew up in San Diego, CA and moved to Seattle in 2013. I have always had pets in my life including dogs, rats, guinea pigs, bunnies and fish. I‘m currently mom to two senior chihuahua mutts. I am passionate about Close To Home because I understand the internal dilemma of wanting to travel but not wanting to leave my pets, often choosing shorter vacations plans so I won’t be away from them for too long. I hope I can provide each pet parent with peace of mind that their furry family members will be well cared for while they are away.

Certified in COVID -19 Pet care safety PSI
Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI

Sherri H

Sherri H

Dog walker

Prior to becoming a West Seattleite, Sherri lived and raised her family in Yakima. She has always had an affection for dogs, but came to understand their power to heal after losing her husband in 2011. Sherri currently lives with her rescue dog Phil, and enjoys celebrating life with her granddaughter.

Pet Sitters International Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI

Abby H

Abby H

Cat Sitting Team

Abby is a full time music teacher who moved to West Seattle in summer 2018. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and loves all animals, but is definitely a cat person! She and her cat, Phoebe, are the very best of friends. In her spare time, she enjoys making music, volunteering in her school and community, going to arts festivals, and drinking coffee. Lots of coffee.

Pet Sitters International Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI

Dave

Dave

Dog walking Team

Dave is a native of Seattle and loves living in West Seattle. When he’s not walking dogs he loves playing guitar and traveling.
‘Dave’s calm and loving energy is welcomed by the animals he meets.’ -Drew (owner of CTH)

Pet Sitters International Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI

Adrian C

Adrian C

Cat Sitting Team

I‘m a native Washingtonian with a deep love and respect for all animals. I grew up riding and training horses and have almost always had a cat around. Currently my husband and I have two gorgeous rescue kitties that we adore. Some day I’m determined to have a dog (glares at husband) to take on hikes and other adventures. I’m an aspiring writer and artist recovering from a super stressful design job and I want to walk all the puppies!

Michele R

Michele R

Cat Sitting Team

I was raised in Eastern Washington but spent most of my adult life in San Francisco. After retiring from corporate life in IT, I spent 15 years in Spokane and recently moved to West Seattle to be nearer to my son and the two tabbies we share.

I love to travel and cook, and spend as much time as I can reading. My friends and family call me a cat lady and I am happy to accept the title! I look forward to making West Seattle my home and getting to know and care for your kitties and other family pets.

Ben L

Ben L

Cat Sitting Team

I was born and raised in Seattle and have been covered in cat hair most of my life. As a kid I earned my first dollars caring for cats of friends and neighbors, so since then I’ve understood the uneasy feeling of leaving your pets behind while you go out into the world. My wife and I love to travel and face this anxiety regularly, so working for Close To Home feels like I’m really providing a useful service. I believe peace of mind while traveling is as important as the journey itself. Visiting neighborhood kitties to make sure their needs are covered is my absolute pleasure.

Jaimie H

Jaimie H

Dog walking Team

“I grew up in West Seattle and joined Close To Home when I moved back after graduating college. I love all animals, but I’m a cat person through and through. Outside of work I spend my time sewing, making pottery, and playing with my cat, Marigold!”

Karli K

Karli K

Dog walking Team

Kersti

Kersti

Dog Walking and Cat Sitting Team

I am a native West Seattleite, who brings over a decade of pet care experience with me.

I am a conservation scientist, community naturalist, science educator, wildlife photographer, herbalist and lover of all things wild; particularly birds.
I am an urban wildlife first responder and volunteer rehabber.

I enjoy the freedom, structure, trust and companionship that this type of business provides. It has all the best elements of life.

I’m really looking forward to meeting your special pets.

Diane Z

Diane Z

Trainer & Cat Sitting Team Extraordinaire

I am a lover of all animals. I have lived with many in my life: cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, mice, rats, even snakes and lizards. My animals are part of my family.

I believe that animals bring love and commitment to our lives. They help us through the hard times and are there to celebrate with us during the good.

I am a native West Seattleite and look forward to watching your furry loved one.

Pet Sitters International Certified Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals- PSI