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- Dog walker

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. Follow Drew on IG at SoloSoulJourney

John D

John D

West Seattle Lead

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.

Kelsey N

Kelsey N

Pet Sitter/ Dog Walker

My name is Kelsey and I am a HUGE animal lover! I have had dogs and cats my whole life and they bring me so much joy. I moved up from Los Angeles where I was working for another dog walking/pet sitting company. I have also taken special classes at the Humane Society to train and care for special needs dogs and cats. I feel very comfortable with handling and caring for all types of pets. I have learned so much about how all pets are very unique in their own personality and behavior, so I care for client’s pets in the manner that the owners want me to care for them as well as treating them as if they were my own pet. I think pets become members of our families and deserve the utmost care and individualized treatment. I hope to build a great relationship with you and your pet in the future!

Vanessa T

Vanessa T

Dog Walker

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

Dog walker

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.

Stephanie H

Stephanie H

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.

Jenn T

Jenn T

Dog walker

Jean 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.

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.

Chaska F

Chaska F

Dog Walker

Chaska is a full-time artist, part-time animal lover. When not creating, Chaska can be found hanging out with the pets at Close to Home and giving lots of love.

Farley B

Farley B

Dog Walke- Pet Sitter

Farley is a transplant from Austin, TX. She did not move for Amazon/ Microsoft, but for love and the desire to raise her adopted daughter in a more diverse region. Farley was a rock poster artist for 10 years and though still draws, she is focusing on her life coaching certification and being present for her daughter as much as possible before the teen years hit.

Farley grew up with Collies, cats, bunnies and had many horses, riding hunter jumper for 20 years. She had a cat named Hohnjul that thought Pringles were catnip, a horse named MacIntosh that only pooped in his water bucket and most recently an 80lb Catahoula named Sopa that protected Farley’s daughter, roooed consolingly on Farley’s lap nightly on the porch couch through her divorce, shed both black and white hair all over the house and sadly, heartbreakingly passed at 13.

Farley lives in Alaska junction with her daughter and partner. Before joining CTH, she was a housecleaner in WS for a year - very respectful of clients privacy, animals and all needs. She loves being surrounded by so many dogs/ cats in West Seattle and excited to be a part of helping your furry family!

Leah M

Leah M

Scheduler and Admin

Leah was raised in Houston TX and loves to travel. Her puppy Blake is her sidekick out on the road enjoying their adventures together. Leah is the Close To Home behind the scenes Admin and Scheduler. She helps CTH running smoothly.

Diane Z

Diane Z

Cat Sitting Team

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.

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.

Austin P

Austin P

Cat Sitting Team

Born in California and raised in Hawaii, Austin has made his home in the Seattle area for the past 8 years. He is known by close friends as the cat man and enjoys his free time exploring the city and and playing guitar. His passions are healthcare for both man and animal alike, and is working towards excellence in both fields.