Meet Our Team of Critter Care Specialists
We are more than pet lovers, each team member has extensive experience in pet care and are truly professionals in the field of career of Pet Sitting. Our Critter Care Specialists pass a thorough background checks as well as being vetted for their approach to animals and their care. All of our Critter Care Specialists are Trained in Pet CPR and First Aid.
Each of our our pet families will have two pet sitters reserved for their pets. Prior to the first appointment, we schedule an in home visit with both of your sitters. We do this so you and your pets will be comfortable with the sitter and you will have a backup in case of a sitter emergency or illness.
Let’s meet our sitters . . .
Jennifer is a native of the Virginia Peninsula and has lived in Newport News all of her life. Her experience with pets began at home where there were always a couple of cats running around. In the early 90’s she worked for Value Pet, a local pet chain that had several stores across Newport News, Hampton, and the South Side and managed the one located near Fort Eustis. During her years at Value Pet, Jennifer personally cared for two domestic shorthair Cats, Taffy and Raja, 55 Gallon Fresh Water Tank, a 35 Gallon Salt Water Tank, two Parakeets, a Rat, 3 Mice and a 2 Anoles, and a pair of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches as pets.Jennifer started Critter Sitters and More in October of 2013 after her kitty Raja passed away from kidney failure. Prior to his passing, she had been planning a trip out of town and like many people, she “hired” the neighbor kids to come over and feed the kitties and take care of their needs. However, Raja’s health was deteriorating and she knew that the kids could not be expect to administer medications, monitor his health and care for their needs. That’s when she decide to find out what other options there were and began researching professional pet sitting. After Raja’s passing Jennifer decided to start own pet sitting business as a way to be around animals again. In October of 2013 Jennifer took on her first client and has never looked back. Jennifer actively pet sits and personally meets with all new families who are looking to book pet sitting and dog walking services with Critter Sitters and More.
Barbara Higgins, Senior Critter Care Manager
Barbara Higgins received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Christopher Newport University in 1994 and then went on to get her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College in 2000. Barbara started out in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant but quickly worked her way up to veterinary assistant and then finally veterinary technician. Barbara has been at Poquoson Veterinary Hospital since January, 1998. She began pet sitting with Critter Sitters and More in June, 2015 and loves caring for her clients’ pets while they are away. In her free time, Barbara fosters pets that are looking for their forever home.
Brenna Poffenbarger, Critter Care Specialist
Brenna Poffenbarger was born in New York and raised in Arizona. She has traveled the world with her now retired military husband. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy University and is also a local Realtor! Brenna has an English Mastiff that she adopted from Southern States Mastiff Rescue. She is also involved with the Poquoson Lions club.
Erin Scott, Critter Care Specialist
Erin Scott was born in Colorado and raised in upstate New York. As a military wife she has seen most of the United States. Erin has lived in Virginia for the past 7 years with her husband and daughter. Erin’s love of animals started early on as her grandparents had horses, ponies, cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and ferrets at home. At the age of 17 she began working at the Denver humane society as a dog washer and at age 18 started training horses in upstate New York. Erin is a proud dog Mom of 3! She also keeps 9 snakes and is a new grandma to a baby bunny named Kylo!
In her free time, Erin can be found reading, spending time with her dogs, charity motorcycle events, cooking, baking or shopping with her daughter.
Samantha Gordineer, Critter Care Manager
Samantha Gordineer is a born and raised Virginian. As a child she grew up in an old farmhouse in Gloucester County with six cats and six dogs where her love for animals became abundantly clear & throughout the years Samantha became known among family and friends for her big heart with unconditional love for animals. Samantha spent 2 years working in the grooming field,before finding her home with Critter Sitters and More as a Critter Care Manager! Samantha’s hobbies include Landscape and Wildlife Photography,Yoga and Cuddling her 3 Cats.
Suzanne Midgley, Senior Critter Care Specialist
Suzanne Midgley was born and raised on the Peninsula. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Virginia Tech and is a diehard Hokie football fan. Suzanne has been a cat mom for most of her life and has lived with other fur babies. Suzanne also has equine experience as a volunteer with EQUI-KIDS, a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. She is very active at Waters Edge Church and especially enjoys her time in the nursery on Sunday mornings.
Becca Bernett, Critter Care Specialist
Becca Bernett was born and raised as a military child and moved all over the world. Virginia is where she has planted her roots. She has had a love for animals since she was a small child. Currently she cares for one cat and countless foster cats. In her free time, you can find her volunteering at the Cat Corner in Hampton, at home with her cat, Saki, or playing with her foster kittens.
Erika Simonton, Critter Care Specialist
Erika was born and raised in New Mexico. She has moved all around the United States with her military husband and fur family. She has always loved and cared for animals and grew up with cats and dogs. Erika started out in school with a bachelors in athletic training and now she has studied natural health and holistic medicine for animals and people. She has a passion for animals and loves to help them live a full, happy and healthy life. She has been blessed in every state she has lived in to have a volunteer opportunity involving animals. Erika shares her life with four cats, a dog and currently one Dogs on Deployment foster dog.