About Us

Our mission is to provide an unparalleled pet care experience through our focus on safety, education and positive training methods along with an extraordinary client experience to provide pet parents with the compassionate support and peace of mind they deserve.

Our vision is to allow pet parents to work, travel and play worry-free and provide them with expert-backed positive reinforcement based training to modify behavior and deepen the relationship between dog and human.

RCO Pet Care’s core values are safety, integrity, compassion and excellence. These values are at the core of our careful treatment of your home and pets, the heart of our customer experience philosophy and the standards we hold ourselves to each and every day.

Our Story

I knew I had to reassess my dreams of attending veterinary school upon the passing of my mother when I was in college. Moving out of state for 4 years was no longer an option as I knew my home was here in CT with my younger siblings. I took a job that appealed to my education but I lacked passion in the office setting.

As an Animal Science graduate, a shelter volunteer, an equestrian, a former zoo employee and the family’s resident “Dog Mom,” family and friends would come to me with nails that needed to be trimmed, harness and training recommendations and requests for pet sitting. Working with animals and helping their owners keep them safe, happy and healthy via education and experience was my calling.

I officially opened RCO Pet Care (Rocco and Company Pet Care… named after own beloved pack) in December of 2018. In April of 2019, I acquired Country Pup Pet Sitting upon my beloved mentor and former employer moving out of state and have since merged that business and its service area into RCO.

I am so grateful for our community’s support and that so many wonderful people trust us to care for their most precious companions. My team and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us and plan on only expanding on the gold standard we have set for pet care in our community. Thanks for choosing RCO!

Jessica Barry

President, President and Head Trainer

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Our Team

Jessica B, KPA-CTP

Jessica B, KPA-CTP

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & HEAD TRAINER

Jessica graduated with distinction as a Professional Dog Trainer/Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)’s intensive dog trainer professional program and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is also recognized as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter by Pet Sitters International – the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters dedicated to educating pet sitters and promoting, supporting and recognizing excellence in pet sitting. She is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through ProTrainings and is a certified Fear Free Professional

Jessica graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Her animal-centered coursework here included courses in animal behavior, health and disease management, anatomy and physiology, basic through advanced nutrition and feeding, genetics, comparative exercise physiology, endocrinology, reproductive physiology and equine science.

Her resume also boasts hands-on work experience managing horse farms, working with animals ranging from prairie dogs and bison to South American Primates at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, as well as care, training and management of domestic animals from hamsters to cows.

Outside of RCO, Jessica is the dog mom of five (Rocco, Luna, Owl, River and Peanut), enjoys reading, walking and training her own dogs, visiting Disney World and pursuing further educational opportunities.

 

Mackenzie A

Mackenzie A

Senior Pet Care SPECIAlIST, Naugatuck Area Manager

Mackenzie has been part of the RCO team since 2019. She is a huge animal lover – her favorite animals are dogs and bunnies! She has has three dogs in her life and loves them more than anything. She treats any animal she meets just like her own! She joined the RCO Pet Care team with prior experience in walking dogs, dog sitting and boarding dogs for family and friends. There’s no doubt she’ll give the love and attention your animals deserve!

Mackenzie is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Jessie L

Jessie L

Senior Pet Care specialist, Southbury area manager

Jessie is a lifelong pet lover living in Southbury. She was thrilled to learn about RCO and join the team in 2020. She grew up with a black lab named Jason. She has pet sat for family and friends throughout her life but it wasn’t until she got a dog of her own in 2010 that she truly understood the joys of being a pet parent. Her pup is a pit mix named Joker and he is her best friend in the world. It was when she was on her own and took care of Joker that she fell in love with the needs that he has and it gave her a purpose.

She sees and feels all the love animals needs, especially while owners are away. Nothing makes her happier than caring for animals. Seeing them happy Jessie’s world happy!

Jessie is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Erin A

Erin A

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Erin joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! She has pet sat for family, friends, and neighbors for years and has loved every second of it. Erin cares for all animals like they are her own because, after all, pets are family. She understands all animals have different needs and schedules and loves being able to help out families and pets of all kinds!

Erin grew up with a childhood dog that inspired her to get a puppy of her own. She has enjoyed every moment of puppy-raising and loves being a dog mom as well as the owner of goats and chickens! Erin is currently an EMT and phlebotomist but she hopes to become a vet tech someday to help animals, too. She plans to rescue more dogs in the future but for now she is loving being able to help out other pets and families. Erin has a passion for animals and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their fur babies!

Erin is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Sheridan B

Sheridan B

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Sheridan has had a passion for animals since she was a small child. Growing up she worked on a horse farm and pet sat for friends and people in her neighborhood. She is very passionate about taking care of all animals and is a big dog lover. She’s got a soft spot for the seniors!

When not working, Sheridan is home taking care of and loving on lots of animals. She moved to Oxford a few years ago to pursue her dream of creating, producing and owning a farm with many rescues and owner surrenders! She has always found that the special needs and animals needing a home find her!

Sheridan is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Anisa C

Anisa C

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Anisa joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! She is a life-long pet lover and “cat-mom” to two adopted boys named Poke and Salem. Caring for animals has always been a fulfilling part of her life. One of Anisa’s earliest memories includes raising nine Rottweiler puppies! 

Anisa currently resides in Thomaston and is pursuing a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She understands how hectic our everyday lives can be and the importance of caring for our “fur-babies.” In my free time, she enjoys writing, roller skating, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting your furry family members!

Anisa is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Nicole E

Nicole E

Pet Care specialist

Nicole joined our team in 2021. Nicole has been surrounded by pets, especially four-legged ones, her entire 25 years of life! Her experience ranges from the tiniest of kittens to older cats and dogs of all ages. She takes pride in being a kind, dedicated and caring pet sitter.

Outside of work, Nicole loves going for walks, hikes, or car rides with her furry friends and is more than comfortable doing the uncomfortable. Nicole is currently working as a paralegal but loves tending and caring for our wonderful four legged friends.

Nicole is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Rebecca F

Rebecca F

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Rebecca joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. She has been a life long lover of animals – especially dogs. She has spent the last six years working her days working as a veterinary assistant. She also has experience pet sitting and dog walking for friends and family for the last 7 years and has three rescue dogs of her own. She likes to take her dogs hiking on her days off and is looking forward to meeting new friends – four-legged and two – with our team!

Rebecca is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Claudia G

Claudia G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

A recent addition to our team, Claudia lives in Oxford with her son and husband.  She grew up with everything from snakes to dogs and has been a pet sitter for friends and family all of her adult life!  

Claudia has a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Hospitality Management.  She currently has two loveable rescue dogs in her family – both are black lab mixes.  In her free time Claudia loves gardening, baking and spending time with her large extended family.  Claudia prides herself on an extensive knowledge of song lyrics!  She can’t wait to meet and care for all your furry family members.

Claudia is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Julia G

Julia G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Julia recently joined RCO in July 2021. She is a lifelong pet lover living in Beacon Falls. She has had animals her whole life ranging from dogs, including a Pug named Buddy, cats, frogs, to bunnies. She has pet sat and dog walked for friends and family for a number of years!

She had the pleasure of getting her own pup in 2017, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Loki, and he quickly became her best friend. She truly didn’t know how much hard work and dedication went into owning and taking care of her own fur baby, but she truly loves it and wouldn’t change it for the world! She looks forward to meeting your fur babies soon! 🙂

Julia is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Lisa G

Lisa G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Lisa joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2022 and we are so happy to know her!

Lisa’s had dogs all her life and understands the importance of having a pet sitter that will treat your fur babies as if they were their own. Currently she has 3 rescue dogs – Nama, a Siberian Husky, Juno, a deaf Australian Cattle Dog, and Freddy, a Lab mix along with a sweet rescue kitty, Jade.

Lisa volunteers for Perfect Imperfections, a local, Watertown-based rescue for dogs with special needs that is near and dear to our hearts! When she’s not helping or taking care of her own fur babies, Lisa works as a teacher in a local school district!

Lisa is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Ben K

Ben K

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Ben joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! Ben is a lifelong animal lover and has been loved by many dogs and cats since childhood. Having cared for retired racing Greyhounds for most of his adult life, he is an advocate of rescue and adoption. He makes an effort to provide for pets in need by volunteering his time at organizations such as Dog Star Rescue.

Ben graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems. He is currently attending the University of Connecticut for graduate studies in business and data analysis. Outside of taking classes and working full time as a business systems analyst, Ben enjoys cooking, hiking and visiting Disney World.

Ben is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Alora L

Alora L

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Alora joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. She currently lives in Woodbury with two dogs, a cat, and two rats of her own! She has been an animal lover her entire life and has grown up around animals from having family pets to owning her own.

Alora is currently is finishing up her Bachelor’s of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Outside of continuing her education, she enjoys spending time with her pets, reading, roller skating, and horseback riding!

Alora is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Jo L

Jo L

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Joanne (Jo) joined our team in 2022! Her passion and love of animals is what brings her to RCO Pet Care.

Joanne is a rescue volunteer and professional foster “failure”. She has experience with puppies as well
an understanding of senior care. She is a married mom of two fur babies and two teenagers. In her free
time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and crafts. She is looking forward to meeting you and your furry
friends!

Jo is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Amber M

Amber M

Pet Care specialist

Amber joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! Amber loves animals and has never had a time that she hasn’t had a pet in her life; dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters… you name it! She currently have two dogs and a cat. Her Akitas love to go on as many walks as she’s willing to take them for!

Animals bring Amber such joy as the unconditional love they offer is unmatched. She loves meeting new furry friends and can’t wait to help take care of yours!

Amber is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and background checked via Acutraq.

Maddy M

Maddy M

Pet Care specialist

 Maddy and is a local animal lover from Watertown, CT! She is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salve Regina University.

Maddy has grown up with cats and dogs and currently has a super sweet rescue that she adores – Delilah, a three year old Pitbull mix!. She has been watching and caring for dogs and cats for a number of years now!

Outside of working and hanging out with Delilah, Maddy loves baking, taking spin classes, and reading. She looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

Maddy is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Care Team Training and background checked via Acutraq.

Missy M

Missy M

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Missy joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. As a life-long animal lover, she has always been the go-to for all of her family and friends’ pet sitting needs.

As a dog mom of a blue heeler rescue named Shaka, she is very sensitive to the needs of dogs. Missy is very active and has the patience, enthusiasm and love for ALL types of dogs! Missy takes pride in being  focused on delivering quality care and making sure pets feel loved and taken care of. She will make sure your best friend has everything they need while providing a fun and safe visits!

Missy is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Courtney R

Courtney R

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Courtney joined the RCO team in 2022 due to her absolute love of animals! Since she was a child, she was interested in animals. Graduating from the Nonnewaug Agriscience program, her love for livestock flourished! Working with animals from steers to guinea pigs has expanded my knowledge
and experience!

Now, she is a student at UMass Amherst studying Animal Science on an Animal Management track. When she has free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going fishing and working out! Fun fact – Courtney is on the UMass Amherst Track and Field team!

Courtney is so excited to be working with RCO and hopes to meet many furry friends!

Courtney is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Nicole R

Nicole R

Pet Care specialist

Nicole has always been a lifelong lover of every type of animal, from small to big. She has numerous years of experience watching family and friends pets. She now resides in Middlebury with her 3 large dogs, two of which are rescues, a rescued bunny, and now has added chickens into the mix!

Besides hanging out with her gang of animals, Nicole loves to go on hikes across CT, running, and reading by her pool. Nicole is meticulous about taking care of her own animals which she considers her family members so she would love to do the same for anyone else !

Nicole is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Sara R

Sara R

Pet Care specialist

Sara started her adventure with RCO as a client. We’ve been caring for her pets since 2016! She has always loved how well Jess and the RCO team cared for her pets and just had to join us!

After becoming injured as a police officer, Sara retired and realized I wanted to pursue my passion for working with animals. She is currently am a fur mom to four cats, three dogs, and five chickens and has taken care of all types of animals, from snakes to turtles and everything else in between.

Sara prides herself in keeping my fur babies happy, healthy, and safe. She can’t wait to meet your babies and spoil them with kisses, pets, and lots of love!

Sara is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Care Team Training and is background checked via Acutraq.

 

Bri S

Bri S

Pet Care Specialist

Brianna (AKA Bri!) describes her “happy place” as working/being with animals. She graduated with an Associate’s in Equine Science and Bachelor’s in Equine Rehabilitation and Therapy from SUNY Morrisville in 2019. She went on to work in Texas as a manager Equine Rehab Therapist at an esteemed Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness center where she created schedules based on individual horses’ needs and provided daily treatments to ensure each horse could heal properly.

From a young age, Brianna knew she wanted to work with horses, and pursuing the dream only solidified her choice. Now in Connecticut, Brianna works at en emergency equine vet hospital as a hospital and rehab technician. Her love of animals extends to all species as, personally, she owns a dog, four cats, and three mice (…and she only wants more!) and has owned horses, rabbits, and goats in the past! Brianna knows, in her heart, she never wants to stop working with animals. She’s very excited to be a part of the RCO Pet Care team!

Bri is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Kaitlin S

Kaitlin S

Pet Care Specialist

Kaitlin has been a member of the RCO Pet Care team since 2022! She has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and particularly has a soft spots for cats! Growing up, she was heavily involved in fostering and rescuing cats of all ages.

Outside of her time with RCO, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, playing games and making banana bread! (When she’s not hanging out with her own pets, of course!)

Kaitlin is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid and is background checked via Acutraq.

Kim S

Kim S

Pet Care Specialist

Kim has been part of the RCO team since 2021. She is a huge animal lover and is the proud dog parent to Jack and her newest addition, Pepper! Kim lives in Naugatuck with her husband and kids. She joined the RCO Pet Care team with prior experience in walking dogs and pet sitting for her family and friends.

Kim has a knack for handling pups of all sizes, energy levels and types. She can’t wait to come meet your pets!

Kim is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Owl

Owl

Demo dog and treat manager

Owl is a a sweet lab mix that Jess adopted from PAWS New England and we love her to pieces! She has been Jess’s training partner throughout her certification process. She is RCO’s demo dog for training exercises and videos as well as the biggest ham you’ll ever meet!

Owl’s hobbies include sleeping upside down, shredding any paper and cardboard she can get her paws on, and playing with her younger sister, River.

Owl loves beef treats, toys and EVERYONE she meets! She is happy to greet you with a big hug around your neck and lots of kisses!

Rocco

Rocco

mascot and office security

Rocco is a graduate of the Obedience Dog Training Club‘s basic class (…he is very proud of this!). He is professional treat tester, ruiner of grass, welcoming committee leader and a certified good boy. His hobbies include laying out in the sun, trying to convince strangers he needs their attention or he just might not survive and howling when you ask him “Rocco, where are you?”

Rocco is the model for the canine in our logo as well as the poster rescue pup and inspiration for starting RCO!

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At RCO Pet Care, the safety of your pets, the security of your home and providing our clients with an excellet customer experience are our top priorities.

If you have questions about our services please contact us at any time. We love to help!

Our Team

Jessica B, KPA-CTP

Jessica B, KPA-CTP

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT And hEAD TRAINER

Jessica graduated with distinction as a Professional Dog Trainer/Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)’s intensive dog trainer professional program and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is also recognized as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter by Pet Sitters International – the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters dedicated to educating pet sitters and promoting, supporting and recognizing excellence in pet sitting. She is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through ProTrainings and is a certified Fear Free Professional

Jessica graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Her animal-centered coursework here included courses in animal behavior, health and disease management, anatomy and physiology, basic through advanced nutrition and feeding, genetics, comparative exercise physiology, endocrinology, reproductive physiology and equine science.

Her resume also boasts hands-on work experience managing horse farms, working with animals ranging from prairie dogs and bison to South American Primates at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, as well as care, training and management of domestic animals from hamsters to cows.

Outside of RCO, Jessica is the dog mom of five (Rocco, Luna, Owl, River and Peanut), enjoys reading, walking and training her own dogs, visiting Disney World and pursuing further educational opportunities.

 

Mackenzie A

Mackenzie A

Senior Pet Care SPECIAlIST, naugatuck area manager

Mackenzie has been part of the RCO team since 2019. She is a huge animal lover – her favorite animals are dogs and bunnies! She has has three dogs in her life and loves them more than anything. She treats any animal she meets just like her own! She joined the RCO Pet Care team with prior experience in walking dogs, dog sitting and boarding dogs for family and friends. There’s no doubt she’ll give the love and attention your animals deserve!

Mackenzie is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Jessie L

Jessie L

Senior Pet Care specialist, southbury area manager

Jessie is a lifelong pet lover living in Southbury. She was thrilled to learn about RCO and join the team in 2020. She grew up with a black lab named Jason. She has pet sat for family and friends throughout her life but it wasn’t until she got a dog of her own in 2010 that she truly understood the joys of being a pet parent. Her pup is a pit mix named Joker and he is her best friend in the world. It was when she was on her own and took care of Joker that she fell in love with the needs that he has and it gave her a purpose.

She sees and feels all the love animals needs, especially while owners are away. Nothing makes her happier than caring for animals. Seeing them happy Jessie’s world happy!

Jessie is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Erin A

Erin A

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Erin joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! She has pet sat for family, friends, and neighbors for years and has loved every second of it. Erin cares for all animals like they are her own because, after all, pets are family. She understands all animals have different needs and schedules and loves being able to help out families and pets of all kinds!

Erin grew up with a childhood dog that inspired her to get a puppy of her own. She has enjoyed every moment of puppy-raising and loves being a dog mom as well as the owner of goats and chickens! Erin is currently an EMT and phlebotomist but she hopes to become a vet tech someday to help animals, too. She plans to rescue more dogs in the future but for now she is loving being able to help out other pets and families. Erin has a passion for animals and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their fur babies!

Erin is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Sheridan B

Sheridan B

Pet Care specialist

Sheridan has had a passion for animals since she was a small child. Growing up she worked on a horse farm and pet sat for friends and people in her neighborhood. She is very passionate about taking care of all animals and is a big dog lover. She’s got a soft spot for the seniors!

When not working, Sheridan is home taking care of and loving on lots of animals. She moved to Oxford a few years ago to pursue her dream of creating, producing and owning a farm with many rescues and owner surrenders! She has always found that the special needs and animals needing a home find her!

Sheridan is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Anisa C

Anisa C

Pet Care specialist

Anisa joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! She is a life-long pet lover and “cat-mom” to two adopted boys named Poke and Salem. Caring for animals has always been a fulfilling part of her life. One of Anisa’s earliest memories includes raising nine Rottweiler puppies! 

Anisa currently resides in Thomaston and is pursuing a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She understands how hectic our everyday lives can be and the importance of caring for our “fur-babies.” In my free time, she enjoys writing, roller skating, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting your furry family members!

Anisa is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Nicole E

Nicole E

Pet Care specialist

Nicole joined our team in 2021. Nicole has been surrounded by pets, especially four-legged ones, her entire 25 years of life! Her experience ranges from the tiniest of kittens to older cats and dogs of all ages. She takes pride in being a kind, dedicated and caring pet sitter.

Outside of work, Nicole loves going for walks, hikes, or car rides with her furry friends and is more than comfortable doing the uncomfortable. Nicole is currently working as a paralegal but loves tending and caring for our wonderful four legged friends.

Nicole is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Rebecca F

Rebecca F

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Rebecca (or Becky!) joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. She has been a life long lover of animals – especially dogs. She has spent the last six years working her days working as a veterinary assistant. She also has experience pet sitting and dog walking for friends and family for the last 7 years and has three rescue dogs of her own. She likes to take her dogs hiking on her days off and is looking forward to meeting new friends – four-legged and two – with our team!

Rebecca is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Claudia G

Claudia G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

A recent addition to our team, Claudia lives in Oxford with her son and husband.  She grew up with everything from snakes to dogs and has been a pet sitter for friends and family all of her adult life!  

Claudia has a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Hospitality Management.  She currently has two loveable rescue dogs in her family – both are black lab mixes.  In her free time Claudia loves gardening, baking and spending time with her large extended family.  Claudia prides herself on an extensive knowledge of song lyrics!  She can’t wait to meet and care for all your furry family members.

Claudia is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Julia G

Julia G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Julia recently joined RCO in July 2021. She is a lifelong pet lover living in Beacon Falls. She has had animals her whole life ranging from dogs, including a Pug named Buddy, cats, frogs, to bunnies. She has pet sat and dog walked for friends and family for a number of years!

She had the pleasure of getting her own pup in 2017, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Loki, and he quickly became her best friend. She truly didn’t know how much hard work and dedication went into owning and taking care of her own fur baby, but she truly loves it and wouldn’t change it for the world! She looks forward to meeting your fur babies soon! 🙂

Julia is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Lisa G

Lisa G

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Lisa joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2022 and we are so happy to know her!

Lisa’s had dogs all her life and understands the importance of having a pet sitter that will treat your fur babies as if they were their own. Currently she has 3 rescue dogs – Nama, a Siberian Husky, Juno, a deaf Australian Cattle Dog, and Freddy, a Lab mix along with a sweet rescue kitty, Jade.

Lisa volunteers for Perfect Imperfections, a local, Watertown-based rescue for dogs with special needs that is near and dear to our hearts! When she’s not helping or taking care of her own fur babies, Lisa works as a teacher in a local school district!

Lisa is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Ben K

Ben K

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Ben joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! Ben is a lifelong animal lover and has been loved by many dogs and cats since childhood. Having cared for retired racing Greyhounds for most of his adult life, he is an advocate of rescue and adoption. He makes an effort to provide for pets in need by volunteering his time at organizations such as Dog Star Rescue.

Ben graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems. He is currently attending the University of Connecticut for graduate studies in business and data analysis. Outside of taking classes and working full time as a business systems analyst, Ben enjoys cooking, hiking and visiting Disney World.

Ben is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Alora L

Alora L

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Alora joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. She currently lives in Woodbury with two dogs, a cat, and two rats of her own! She has been an animal lover her entire life and has grown up around animals from having family pets to owning her own.

Alora is currently is finishing up her Bachelor’s of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Outside of continuing her education, she enjoys spending time with her pets, reading, roller skating, and horseback riding!

Alora is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Jo L

Jo L

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Joanne (Jo) joined our team in 2022! Her passion and love of animals is what brings her to RCO Pet Care.

Joanne is a rescue volunteer and professional foster “failure”. She has experience with puppies as well
an understanding of senior care. She is a married mom of two fur babies and two teenagers. In her free
time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and crafts. She is looking forward to meeting you and your furry
friends!

Jo is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Amber M

Amber M

Pet Care specialist

Amber joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021! Amber loves animals and has never had a time that she hasn’t had a pet in her life; dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters… you name it! She currently have two dogs and a cat. Her Akitas love to go on as many walks as she’s willing to take them for!

Animals bring Amber such joy as the unconditional love they offer is unmatched. She loves meeting new furry friends and can’t wait to help take care of yours!

Amber is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Maddy M

Maddy M

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Maddy and is a local animal lover from Watertown, CT! She is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salve Regina University.

Maddy has grown up with cats and dogs and currently has a super sweet rescue that she adores – Delilah, a three year old Pitbull mix!. She has been watching and caring for dogs and cats for a number of years now!

Outside of working and hanging out with Delilah, Maddy loves baking, taking spin classes, and reading. She looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

Maddy is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Care Team Training and background checked via Acutraq.

Missy M

Missy M

Pet Care specialist

Missy joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2021. As a life-long animal lover, she has always been the go-to for all of her family and friends’ pet sitting needs.

As a dog mom of a blue heeler rescue named Shaka, she is very sensitive to the needs of dogs. Missy is very active and has the patience, enthusiasm and love for ALL types of dogs! Missy takes pride in being  focused on delivering quality care and making sure pets feel loved and taken care of. She will make sure your best friend has everything they need while providing a fun and safe visits!

Missy is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Courtney R

Courtney R

Pet Care specialist

Courtney joined the RCO team in 2022 due to her absolute love of animals! Since she was a child, she was interested in animals. Graduating from the Nonnewaug Agriscience program, her love for livestock flourished! Working with animals from steers to guinea pigs has expanded my knowledge
and experience!

Now, she is a student at UMass Amherst studying Animal Science on an Animal Management track. When she has free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going fishing and working out! Fun fact – Courtney is on the UMass Amherst Track and Field team!

Courtney is so excited to be working with RCO and hopes to meet many furry friends!

Courtney is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Nicole R

Nicole R

Pet Care specialist

Nicole has always been a lifelong lover of every type of animal, from small to big. She has numerous years of experience watching family and friends pets. She now resides in Middlebury with her 3 large dogs, two of which are rescues, a rescued bunny, and now has added chickens into the mix!

Besides hanging out with her gang of animals, Nicole loves to go on hikes across CT, running, and reading by her pool. Nicole is meticulous about taking care of her own animals which she considers her family members so she would love to do the same for anyone else !

Nicole is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

 

Sara R

Sara R

Pet Care Specialist

Sara started her adventure with RCO as a client. We’ve been caring for her pets since 2016! She has always loved how well Jess and the RCO team cared for her pets and just had to join us!

After becoming injured as a police officer, Sara retired and realized I wanted to pursue my passion for working with animals. She is currently am a fur mom to four cats, three dogs, and five chickens and has taken care of all types of animals, from snakes to turtles and everything else in between.

Sara prides herself in keeping my fur babies happy, healthy, and safe. She can’t wait to meet your babies and spoil them with kisses, pets, and lots of love!

Sara is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Care Team Training and is background checked via Acutraq.

Bri S

Bri S

Pet Care Specialist

Brianna (AKA Bri!) describes her “happy place” as working/being with animals. She graduated with an Associate’s in Equine Science and Bachelor’s in Equine Rehabilitation and Therapy from SUNY Morrisville in 2019. She went on to work in Texas as a manager Equine Rehab Therapist at an esteemed Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness center where she created schedules based on individual horses’ needs and provided daily treatments to ensure each horse could heal properly.

From a young age, Brianna knew she wanted to work with horses, and pursuing the dream only solidified her choice. Now in Connecticut, Brianna works at en emergency equine vet hospital as a hospital and rehab technician. Her love of animals extends to all species as, personally, she owns a dog, four cats, and three mice (…and she only wants more!) and has owned horses, rabbits, and goats in the past! Brianna knows, in her heart, she never wants to stop working with animals. She’s very excited to be a part of the RCO Pet Care team!

Bri is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Kaitlin S

Kaitlin S

Pet Care specialist

Kaitlin has been a member of the RCO Pet Care team since 2022! She has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and particularly has a soft spots for cats! Growing up, she was heavily involved in fostering and rescuing cats of all ages.

Outside of her time with RCO, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, playing games and making banana bread! (When she’s not hanging out with her own pets, of course!)

Kaitlin is currently being trained in Pet CPR and First Aid and is background checked via Acutraq.

Kim S

Kim S

Pet Care Specialist

Kim has been part of the RCO team since 2021. She is a huge animal lover and is the proud dog parent to Jack and her newest addition, Pepper! Kim lives in Naugatuck with her husband and kids. She joined the RCO Pet Care team with prior experience in walking dogs and pet sitting for her family and friends.

Kim has a knack for handling pups of all sizes, energy levels and types. She can’t wait to come meet your pets!

Kim is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through ProTrainings and is background checked via Acutraq.

Owl

Owl

demo dog and treat manager

Owl is a a sweet lab mix that Jess adopted from PAWS New England and we love her to pieces! She has been Jess’s training partner throughout her certification process, is RCO’s demo dog for training exercises and videos as well as the biggest ham you’ll ever meet!

Owl’s hobbies include sleeping upside down, shredding any paper and cardboard she can get her paws on, and playing with her younger sister River.

Owl loves beef treats, toys and EVERYONE she meets! She is happy to greet you with a big hug around your neck and lots of kisses!

Rocco

Rocco

mASCOT AND OFFICE SECURITY

Rocco is a graduate of the Obedience Dog Training Club‘s basic class (…he is very proud of this!). He is professional treat tester, ruiner of grass, welcoming committee leader and a certified good boy. His hobbies include laying out in the sun, trying to convince strangers he needs their attention or he just might not survive and howling when you ask him “Rocco, where are you?”

Rocco is the model for the canine in our logo as well as the poster rescue pup and inspiration for starting RCO!

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