About Us

Our mission is to provide an unparalleled pet care experience through our focus on safety, education, an extraordinary customer experience and providing the peace of mind pet parents deserve.

Our vision is to allow pet parents to work and travel guilt and worry-free knowing their pets are in the best care possible.

RCO Pet Care’s core values are safety, integrity, and excellence. These values are 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 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 and Pack Leader

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Our Team

Jessica Barry

Jessica Barry

founder, PRESIDENT and PACK LEADER

Jessica is recognized as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter by Pet Sitters International – the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters dedicated to educating professional pet sitters and promoting, supporting and recognizing excellence in pet sitting. She is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through PetTech 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.

 

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.

Mackenzie A

Mackenzie A

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

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.

Mary C

Mary C

Pet Care specialist

Mary is a long time dog and cat owner. She has been part of the RCO Pet Care team since 2019 and has lived in Southbury for over 30 years adopting rescue animals with her children, Hunter and Nicole. Mary has worked for Spectrum Business National accounts for over 11 years, developing amazing customer service skills along the way!

She now resides in Woodbury with her son, two rescue senior pups, three cats and two turtles. Mary is also Reiki level 1 and 2 certified. She loves all animals and cannot wait to pet sit yours!

Mary is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Paws N Claws 911 and is background checked via Acutraq.

Nicole F

Nicole F

Pet Care specialist

Nicole joined our team in 2020. She is a lifelong animal lover and pre-vet tech studying at Northwestern Community College. She grew up with many different kinds of animals and current resides in Watertown with her four rescues – a pup and three cats. You can find Nicole providing pet care for our clients in Waterbury, Watertown and Thomaston!

Nicole is deaf but can hear with the assistance of a cochlear implant. She knows American Sign Language!

Nicole is 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!

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

Jessie L

Jessie L

Pet Care specialist

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.

Maddie S

Maddie S

Pet Care specialist

Maddie joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2020. She is an animal lover who attends the University of Rhode Island where she studies animal science as well as environmental science. She has been able to expand her knowledge and experience with various species through hands-on lessons at the university’s farm.

While at home, she spends her time with her three dogs, Bella, Mia, and Bailey. She is thrilled to be able to get to know your furry family members too!

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

Bethany S

Bethany S

Pet Care Specialist

Bethany is a teacher who lives in Watertown. She has degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph, and University of New England. She joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2020.

Bethany has been an animal lover for her whole life. Growing up she had many family pets. Bethany has two rescue dogs, who are her favorite creatures! Dax is a 9 year old hound mix from Tennessee, and Piper is a 1 year old lab/pit mix from South Carolina. Life would not be the same with a quiet and empty house! In addition to her love of dogs, Bethany is very active, so walking pups is the perfect job for her! She also bakes her own all natural calming dog treats called, Peaceful Paws!

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

Alyssa T

Alyssa T

Pet Care specialist

Alyssa has been working professionally with dogs since 2016 and joined our team in 2021. Her career started when she decided to attend Animal Behavior College to become a certified dog trainer. She studied for 3 years and learned so much! During her studies, she performed volunteer work at animal shelters and worked at a doggie daycare.

After obtaining her certification, she is excited to continue her work in the pet care field and learn as much as she possibly can. She is excited to work with our clients – human and furry!

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

Taylor Y

Taylor Y

Pet Care specialist

Taylor joined our team in 2021. She is a sophomore in college and majoring in Astrophysics with a minor in Spanish… we’d say she’s pretty smart! She’s always loved animals and  fosters dogs and cats with her family. She has a number of pets of her own including a Husky mix puppy, a rabbit, and a chameleon. 

An interesting fact about Taylor is she raises ducklings every spring until they’re big and can them move to her good friends’ farm. She loves being involved in her community and meeting new people and meeting their animals!

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

Rocco

Rocco

Resident Treat Tester, Mascot and Hogger of the Bed

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, Jess’s confidant and best friend, 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 Barry

Jessica Barry

PRESIDENT/PACK LEADER

Jessica is recognized as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter by Pet Sitters International – the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters dedicated to educating professional pet sitters and promoting, supporting and recognizing excellence in pet sitting. She is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR through PetTech 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.

Mary C

Mary C

Pet Care SPECiALIST

Mary is a long time dog and cat owner. She has been part of the RCO Pet Care team since 2019 and has lived in Southbury for over 30 years adopting rescue animals with her children, Hunter and Nicole. Mary has worked for Spectrum Business National accounts for over 11 years, developing amazing customer service skills along the way!

She now resides in Woodbury with her son, two rescue senior pups, three cats and two turtles. Mary is also Reiki level 1 and 2 certified. She loves all animals and cannot wait to pet sit yours!

Mary is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid through Paws N Claws 911 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.

Mackenzie A

Mackenzie A

Pet Care specialist

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.

Nicole F

Nicole F

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Nicole joined our team in 2020. She is a lifelong animal lover and pre-vet tech studying at Northwestern Community College. She grew up with many different kinds of animals and current resides in Watertown with her four rescues – a pup and three cats. You can find Nicole providing pet care for our clients in Waterbury, Watertown and Thomaston!

Nicole is deaf but can hear with the assistance of a cochlear implant. She knows American Sign Language!

Nicole is 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!

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

Jessie L

Jessie L

Pet Care SPECiALIST

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.

Maddie S

Maddie S

Pet Care Specialist

Maddie joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2020. She is an animal lover who attends the University of Rhode Island where she studies animal science as well as environmental science. She has been able to expand her knowledge and experience with various species through hands-on lessons at the university’s farm.

While at home, she spends her time with her three dogs, Bella, Mia, and Bailey. She is thrilled to be able to get to know your furry family members too!

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

Bethany S

Bethany S

Pet Care SPECIALIST

Bethany is a teacher who lives in Watertown. She has degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph, and University of New England. She joined the RCO Pet Care team in 2020.

Bethany has been an animal lover for her whole life. Growing up she had many family pets. Bethany has two rescue dogs, who are her favorite creatures! Dax is a 9 year old hound mix from Tennessee, and Piper is a 1 year old lab/pit mix from South Carolina. Life would not be the same with a quiet and empty house! In addition to her love of dogs, Bethany is very active, so walking pups is the perfect job for her! She also bakes her own all natural calming dog treats called, Peaceful Paws!

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

Alyssa T

Alyssa T

Pet Care SPECiALIST

Alyssa has been working professionally with dogs since 2016 and joined our team in 2021. Her career started when she decided to attend Animal Behavior College to become a certified dog trainer. She studied for 3 years and learned so much! During her studies, she performed volunteer work at animal shelters and worked at a doggie daycare.

After obtaining her certification, she is excited to continue her work in the pet care field and learn as much as she possibly can. She is excited to work with our clients – human and furry!

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

Taylor Y

Taylor Y

Pet Care Specialist

Taylor joined our team in 2021. She is a sophomore in college and majoring in Astrophysics with a minor in Spanish… we’d say she’s pretty smart! She’s always loved animals and  fosters dogs and cats with her family. She has a number of pets of her own including a Husky mix puppy, a rabbit, and a chameleon.

An interesting fact about Taylor is she raises ducklings every spring until they’re big and can them move to her good friends’ farm. She loves being involved in her community and meeting new people and meeting their animals!

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

Rocco

Rocco

Resident Treat Tester, Mascot and Hogger of the Bed

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, Jess’s confidant and best friend, as well as the poster rescue pup and inspiration for starting RCO!

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