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. Follow Drew on IG at SoloSoulJourney

Jenn T

Jenn T

Manager

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.

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.

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.

Stephanie H

Stephanie H

Part Time/Seasonal

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.

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 he can be found hanging out with the pets at Close to Home and giving lots of love.

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.

Lynda E

Lynda E

Dog Walking and Cat Sitting Team

Animal lover since I was small. I love to learn about the breeds and their traits. Spent some time working for a small Veterinary clinic and enjoyed every minute of it! Got to observe surgeries and learn more about exotics as well as cats and dogs. My kids are grown so now I look forward to taking care of your furry children!

Robin S

Robin S

Dog walking Team (and cat sitting team)

Robin is a Pennsylvania native who has called Seattle home for the past five years. In a vain attempt to keep herself from becoming a crazy cat lady, she strives to maintain a healthy ratio of one pet per 350 square feet of living space.

When she isn’t hanging out with her two sassy black cats, Robin can be found playing in a community orchestra, exploring West Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest, or working to keep at least one plant in her garden alive. She looks forward to caring for your furry family members!

Sandra T

Sandra T

Dog walking Team and Cat Sitting Team

I fell in love with the PNW and decided to stay after my military service ended. My family consists of three fur babies who we love to go on adventures with. I have always been an avid animal lover and fall for every furry face I see. Looking forward to spending quality time with your fur kids.

Tami B

Tami B

Dog walking Team and Cat Sitting Team

Tami is originally from California, where she grew up surrounded in nature in the Angeles National Forest. She has always had a strong connection with animals, especially cats and dogs. When she is not connecting with furry friends, she teaches Intuitive art journaling and Crystal classes here in West Seattle.

Bee

Bee

Dog walking Team

Hello!

My name is Bee! I have been walking dogs for seven years, volunteering at animal shelters for three years, and have been training dogs for five. I have extensive knowledge on canine behavior and how to give the best ear scratches. To me all dogs are good dogs! I own two border collies that I hike on my days off.

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.

Bethany

Bethany

Cat Sitting Team

Originally from the east coast, Bethany has called Seattle home since 2004. She and her family have 3 dogs and 2 cats. Bethany loves all animals but has always felt a strong connection to the felines. Her two favorite things to do are explore nature with the pups and enjoy a good read or show and relax with the kitties. She hopes to provide your fur babies with all the TLC they deserve while you’re away!

Traci

Traci

Cat Sitting Team

Traci has lived her entire life in Washington, and over 35 years in Seattle. She has loved kitties since she was very young. Some of her friends call her a Cat Whisperer because of her gentle ways. For several years she has been cat sitting around Seattle and even flew to New York for a week to care for one.
Traci volunteers with two cat rescue groups, South Park Trap & Release and Alley Cat Rescue, to help control the stray cat population and assist in finding them loving homes.
She is thrilled to join Team Close to Home and a chance to care for even more kitties and share her love and experience. Meow!

Jenny M

Jenny M

Dog walking Team/Cat Sitting Team
Jonathan W

Jonathan W

Dog walking Team