Hi! Welcome to KT’s Critter Sitters.
My name is Karen Margroff. I am happily married and have one adopted daughter from China. We adopted her in January of 2011 when she was 15 months old. I decided to go into business for myself as a pet-sitter, after being a teacher in the public school system for 19 years.
Where I Live and Pets I’ve Had
Pet-sitting is where I found my passion. I am currently still in Sumter, South Carolina, where I have lived most of my life. I have always loved animals growing up and still do today. My pets range in many varieties to include dogs, cats, parakeets, Cockatiels, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a Quaker parrot.
My Inspiration to Become a Pet Sitter
My decision to become a pet sitter happened while I was a stay-at-home mom after I resigned from teaching. It was based on a pivotal moment when my husband and I were preparing to go to China for two weeks to get our daughter.
We had an aging Dalmatian and were in need of finding a qualified and loving pet sitter for her while we were away. We couldn’t just leave her with anyone or any time in the house by herself. She needed 24-hour care. Our family would have taken her for us, but weren’t really prepared to be able to care for her 24 hours in their homes. She didn’t know their homes like she knew her own.
We ended up having our nephew come in and take care of her. That worked out for us really well at the time. Thinking back on this, I started to consider my passion for animals and the possibility of pets being able to stay in their own homes while their owners can go away on vacation or even day trips.
I already knew others were already doing this and figured out that I can make an income doing what I love…taking care of animals. But, more specifically…pets.
Others could find themselves in the same predicament as my husband and I when we were preparing to go to China. So, here is my story of why I now enable your pet(s) to stay in the comfort of their own home and surroundings. They can continue to be loved and cared for individually in a familiar place.