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

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

Stephanie Heathcote

Stephanie Heathcote

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.

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.

Amy R

Amy R

Amy is a born and raised Seattleite and avid runner and soccer player. She loves to trail run with her dogs Lexie and Owen.

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.

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.

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.

Jenn T

Jenn T

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.

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.

Kelly R

Kelly R

Dog Walker

Originally from So Cal, I’ve been in Seattle for almost 7 years. I am the proud Human to a really great dog, a couple cool cats and several chickens! I belong with the Animals! Thanks for letting me hang out with yours!
-Kelly

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.

Diane Z

Diane Z

Pet Sitter

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.

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!