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.
Jeanna Savoca , Critter Care Specialist
Jeanna Savoca was born and New York and raised in North Carolina. Her family always had a house full of animals. She became a certified vet assistant though the University of Auburn. While in school she started pet sitting for friends and neighbors. She discovered she had a passion for taking care of animals. Jeanna is excited to join our team and take care of our pet families
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 is a “military brat” and has been all over the world. She has lived in Virginia for the past 9 years. She grew up with animals her entire life. She currently has two cats, Simba, a short hair ginger tabby, and Saki, a long hair Maine coon. She LOVES pigs and eventually wants to have one of her own someday. Becca’s hobbies include reading, swimming, and spending time with her fur babies.
Kylie Horner, Critter Care Specialist
Kylie Horner was born and raised In Virginia where she now lives with her Papillon/Chihuahua mix named Pippy. She has always had compassion for all living things especially animals. She spent the past year working in the mental healthcare field as a psychiatric technician. Looking for a change of pace and based on her love for helping people she decided to try her hand at nurturing animals instead. She is currently working towards her veterinary assistant certification with Animal Behavior College and hopes to obtain her degree as a veterinary technician in the near future.