Meet Our Staff


Josie Hamel, Owner, Professional Pet Sitter

Josie Hamel, Owner, Professional Pet Sitter

Josie is a certified Vet Tech and has been a professional pet sitter for over 20 years. She realized her lifelong dream of owning her own business working with animals in 2006 when she purchased Pets R Us from the original owner Terri Blaszak, after having worked for her since 1998. Josie was born and raised on her family's farm in rural Quebec, Canada and has worked with all kinds of animals ranging from farm animals such as goats, horses, ducks, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, etc to exotic felines and even raised a Royal White Bengal tiger. Josie shares her small house on the lake in Lakewood Village with her 3 dogs Chachi, Mojo and Jackson and an African Grey Parrot named Alamo.


Lisa Gallegos, Professional Pet Sitter / Team Lead

Lisa Gallegos, Professional Pet Sitter/Team Lead

Lisa grew up in Plano and has been an animal lover for as long as she could talk. She loved all pets and her Mom was a good sport and allowed her to have all sorts of small rodents, even a rat; along with the more normal dog and cat – don’t forget the parakeet and duck too. As a teen, Lisa volunteered for an animal rescue and as soon as she was 16 she went to work for her vet until she went to college. While at Texas A & M she didn’t stray far from her animal themed life, she managed a pet shop, was a midwife for horses and worked for the University in the ruminant nutrition department. After graduating with her degree in Animal Science she went to work as an animal services officer so she could help pets who were being neglected and also help homeless pets find furever homes. After trying to ‘fit-in’ in corporate America Lisa was ready to come back to helping pets and their people. Lisa now lives in Little Elm with her husband and son and their seven cats, one dog, three sugar gliders, a turtle, two lizards, and numerous fish.


Dionel Garza, Professional Pet Sitter

Dionel Garza, Professional Pet Sitter

Dio is originally from Corpus Cristi. He has always been an animal lover and has had pets all of his life. He was first hired on as our main dog walker for the McKinney area but has also taken on the role of our primary cat caregiver. He easily makes friends with all of the pets that he meets. Big or small, they all seem to know he has a soft spot for our 4-legged clients and immediately feel at ease with him. Dio is pursuing a career in Nursing. He shares his home in Melissa with his wife Wendy, her children, their 4 resident kitties and the many strays and feral cats they care for.


Katherine Quillin, Professional Pet Sitter

Katherine Quillin, Professional Pet Sitter

Katherine has lived all over Texas but has called North DFW home for over 5 years. She has been fascinated by animals of every sort and after retiring from childcare decided to follow her passion: Animal Services. She has worked with various pets including but not limited to snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, spiders, hermit crabs and over two dozen different kinds of small animals. She has also worked at PetCo as a manager and at the McKinney SPCA as an Adoption Specialist. Her other interest is in positive reinforcement training for dogs and she has used her knowledge to personally train Mango and Maxie, her Black Lab and Yorkie. Katherine lives in Pilot Point with her 2 dogs and 2 bearded dragons.


Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith, Professional Pet Sitter

Kayla was born and raised in Texas where she graduated from Little Elm High School in 2017.  She is now studying nursing at Colin College. She loves dogs of all kinds and is a current volunteer for Dogs of Hilltown rescue.  Kayla lives with her family in Lakewood Village and shares her house with their 4 dogs: Spice the Dachshund and 3 Lab mixes named Chloe, Koda and Tater. 


Grace Hagler

Grace Hagler, Professional Pet Sitter

Grace has lived in Texas her entire life and has always been an animal lover. She graduated from Little Elm High School in 2017 and is pursuing a career in nursing but her first love will always be her animals! In her spare time she enjoys bike riding and walking her dogs, spending time with her nephews and her favorite part of her whole day is snuggling with her kitties!


Jennifer Cerrato

Jennifer Cerrato, Professional Pet Sitter

Jenny was born in California and has lived in the Little Elm area since her family moved to Texas 11 years ago. She graduated from Little Elm High School in 2017 and is studying Journalism at Colin College. She has a soft spot for animals of all kinds and has had dogs, both big and small for most of her life. Her Senior year in High School she volunteered for an animal rescue. She has a Black Lab/Heeler mix dog named Sally.