About Us

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

Our mission is to provide an unparalleled pet care experience through our focus on customer peace of mind, safety and convenience.

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

All members of RCO Pet Care’s team have been background checked via AcuTraq.

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.

Anna A

Anna A

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Anna has a tremendous love for animals of all kinds! As a child her family used to breed beagles, brittany spaniels and her father brought the first pair of Portuguese Pointers to the United States. Anna currently lives in Naugatuck as a professional photographer. Some of her favorite sessions are when people include their fur babies! She is thrilled to be joining the RCO team and looking forward to spending time and caring for your loved ones needs!

 

Natalie A

Natalie A

Pet Care SPECIAlIST

Natalie has always had a love for animals from a young age. She grew up around dogs of all sizes and ages then adopted a cat of her own. Mandy is a 12 year old Calico and life wouldn’t be the same without snuggling with her while napping. She is currently attending Tunxis Community College to study dental hygiene. When not devoting her time to school she enjoys caring for other’s pets while they aren’t home. She services the Torrington area and looks forward to socializing with your pets!

 

Mary C

Mary C

Pet Care specialist

Mary is a long time dog and cat owner. She 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!

Nicole F

Nicole F

Pet Care specialist

Nicole 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!

Cassondra G

Cassondra G

Pet Care specialist

Cassondra is a long-time pet owner. She has lived with all kinds of dogs, different fish and crustaceans and a bunny in Southbury. She will love any animal that comes her way.!

She’s always had a passion for caring for living things, including plants! She lives in a “jungle” at home. She is SO excited to working with the RCO team and make your pets the happiest and healthiest they can be!

Jessie L

Jessie L

Pet Care specialist

Jessie is a lifelong pet lover living in Southbury. 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! 

Julie Ann R

Julie Ann R

Pet Care specialist

Julie Ann loves all animals, large and small! She grew up on a small farm in Newtown, CT. She has been blessed to have had the opportunity to love and care horses, dogs, hybrids, cats, birds, chickens, ducks and iguanas! She also has experience walking and sitting for family and friends’ pets. She currently lives in Oxford on her own family farm, where she enjoys spending time and having fun with her kids, horses, rescue pups and cats.

Julie Ann provides love and care for your pets in the Oxford, Middlebury, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and Seymour areas. She can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

Bethany S

Bethany S

Pet Care Specialist

Bethany is a kindergarten teacher who lives in Watertown. She has degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph, and University of New England.

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!

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!

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.

Anna A

Anna A

Pet Care specialist

Anna has a tremendous love for animals of all kinds! As a child her family used to breed beagles, brittany spaniels and her father brought the first pair of Portuguese Pointers to the United States. Anna currently lives in Naugatuck as a professional photographer. Some of her favorite sessions are when people include their fur babies! She is thrilled to be joining the RCO team and looking forward to spending time and caring for your loved ones needs!

Natalie A

Natalie A

Pet Care specialist

Natalie has always had a love for animals from a young age. She grew up around dogs of all sizes and ages then adopted a cat of her own. Mandy is a 12 year old Calico and life wouldn’t be the same without snuggling with her while napping. She is currently attending Tunxis Community College to study dental hygiene. When not devoting her time to school she enjoys caring for other’s pets while they aren’t home. She services the Torrington area and looks forward to socializing with your pets!

Mary C

Mary C

Pet Care SPECiALIST

Mary is a long time dog/cat owner has lived in Southbury for over 30 years adopting rescue animals with her children, Hunter and Nicole. Mary works for Spectrum Business National accounts and has worked for Spectrum for over 11 years.

She now resides in Woodbury with her son, 2 rescue senior pups, 3 cats and 2 turtles. Mary is also Reiki certified. She loves all animals and cannot wait to pet sit yours!

 

Nicole F

Nicole F

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Nicole 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!

Cassondra G

Cassondra G

Pet Care SPECiALIST

Cassonda is a long-time pet owner. She has lived with all kinds of dogs, different fish and crustaceans and a bunny in Southbury. She will love any animal that comes her way.

She’s always had a passion for caring for living things, including plants! She lives in a “jungle” at home. She is SO excited to working with the RCO team and make your pets the happiest and healthiest they can be!

Jessie L

Jessie L

Pet Care SPECiALIST

Jessie is a lifelong pet lover living in Southbury. 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!

 

Julie Ann R

Julie Ann R

Senior Pet Care SPECALIST

Julie Ann loves all animals, large and small! She grew up on a small farm in Newtown, CT. She has been blessed to have had the opportunity to love and care horses, dogs, hybrids, cats, birds, chickens, ducks and iguanas! She also has experience walking and sitting for family and friends’ pets. She currently lives in Oxford on her own family farm, where she enjoys spending time and having fun with her kids, horses, rescue pups and cats.

Julie Ann provides love and care for your pets in the Oxford, Middlebury, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and Seymour areas. She can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

Bethany S

Bethany S

Pet Care SPECIALIST

Bethany is a kindergarten teacher who lives in Watertown. She has degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph, and University of New England.

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!

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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