Meet Our Staff
The professional dog walking and pet sitting staff at 4 Pets’ Sake
is comprised of reliable and caring animal lovers. They are insured, bonded and covered by workers compensation insurance. They are carefully selected, background checked and trained. Most of them have been working with 4 Pets’ Sake for many years.
4 Pets’ Sake staff recently received training in Fear Free techniques to help alleviate fear, anxiety and stress for pets in our care. Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.
The 4 Pets’ Sake team has received PetTech Certification and learned the skills and techniques of pet CPR and first aid to help them be prepared for any pet emergency.
Staff enjoyed an evening as a sponsor for the Top Dog Dinner & Dance fundraiser, put on each year by the Humane Society of Charles County. 4 Pets’ Sake is passionate about rescue and regularly supports the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland and the Humane Society of Charles County.
Meet our Pet Sitting Professionals
Terri Robinson is the President of 4 Pets’ Sake Pet Care, which she founded in 2003. Prior to that she gained practical business experience running administrative operations for 19 years for a variety of organizations, including an association, two public relations firms and a team building company. Owning 4 Pets’ Sake has helped her realize a dream. She loves caring for many wonderful pets, employing a staff that takes pride in what they do, and providing peace of mind to her clients.
Terri is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International, where she is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter. She has received her certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross as well as PetTech, and continually trains herself and her staff in all aspects of pet care.
Terri is an avid supporter of rescue. She shares her home with two rescued dogs, and in her spare time you will find her in a yoga class perfecting her cat stretch and downward dog.
A client of 4 Pets’ Sake for many years, Ann began working as a pet sitter in 2013 and truly enjoys all her dog and cat friends and their families. She worked as a Human Resources Director in the public and non-profit sectors for over 25 years, including 13 years as HR Director for Charles County Government in La Plata. Ann’s first job here in DC was as the Personnel Administrator for the Folger Shakespeare Library. She went on to work for the City of Fairfax, the Canadian Embassy and Charles County Government. Ann left full time work in 2012 and began doing HR consulting for local clients, including the Charles County public library system. Ann is an avid animal lover and has 2 cats. She received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. Ann and her husband participate in the foreign exchange program for high school students and always look forward to seeing “their” former German student who calls them his “American parents.” In her spare time she enjoys biking on the Indian Head Rail Trail, reading, visiting wineries and museums, and crafts.
Ariel was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She graduated from Calvert High School in 2008 and pursued a degree in Culinary Arts. She worked on the Patuxent River Naval Base in the Café for several years before moving to Charles County for a change of pace and to pursue her other passion in life, working with animals.
Along with her husband, they have 2 dogs and 2 cats, Annabelle, Phoebe, Pixel & Poe. Ariel has never been without a pet in the home and believes that pets are family.
When she is not am showering her fur children with attention, she loves to cook, spend time with friends and family, and travel.
Abigayle was born and raised in North Carolina, Abigayle ended up becoming a semi-permanent Northerner during her Marine Corps career. Growing up in a small, rural town in NC, it was common for folks to have a bit of a zoo in their backyard, and Abigayle’s family was no exception. Throughout her childhood, Abigayle helped raise and care for pet goats, chickens, cats, pigs, and dogs. While her love & respect for animals was instilled in her at a young age, it has only grown stronger in her adulthood.
Upon ending her career in the Marine Corps, Abigayle and her spouse settled in Southern Maryland. They have 2 German Shepherds, Barley and Oakley, who they love dearly. Abigayle spends most of her days playing with her pups, thrift shopping, and gardening.
Beth was born in Ethiopia but raised in Grundy, Virginia from the age of 8. After she finished high school, Beth attended Radford University and moved to Charles County in 2005. Prior to being a team member at 4 Pets’Sake, Beth worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington helping inner city kids throughout the DMV area for over 9 years. Beth is married with 4 wonderful children. Beth’s passion for animals started when she was very young and she has had many pets over the years. She completed obedience training with her pup, Zoe, and recently received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When Beth is not working she enjoys hitting the trails with Zoe, traveling, playing with her children, and volunteering to help those in need.
Elise grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Southern Maryland in 1998. She retired as a Flight Test Engineer in 2012 after 32 years of Federal Government service. Elise loves to be very active in her community. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park since 2013 and served as President in 2015. She is a member of sorority Beta Sigma Phi, Gamma Mu Chapter since 2010 and a member of De La Brooke Foxhounds W Hunt Club since 2002. Elise is also a member of Saint Mary’s Riding Club, Southern Maryland Riding Club, League of Maryland Horsemen, and Potomac Valley Dressage Association. She lives on a small farm and has 2 horses, a Saint Bernard, 2 cats, 4 geese, 3 turkeys, 1 rooster, 6 hens, and 6 ducks. Currently her dog, Samson, is in Adult Level II dog training at the Petco store in California, MD.
Frank is a longtime friend and client of 4 Pets’ Sake. He recently retired from the U.S. Capitol Police after 28 years of service and decided that dog walking and pet sitting would be a great second career. Frank’s extensive experience as a K-9 Technician working with bomb detection dogs makes him a natural fit for the pet care industry and we are fortunate to have him working with 4 Pets’ Sake. He received his PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. He has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When he is not caring for our client’s pets, Frank enjoys spending time with his rescued Pit Mix, Myles. He also loves riding his Harley, home improvement projects and spending time with his grandkids any chance he gets.
Karina has worked for 4 Pets’ Sake since 2006. Karina was born in London, England and raised in Southern California. She has always loved animals and has been owned by several cats, dogs, birds and fish. At present she shares her home with several rescue cats. Karina is a member of Pet Sitters Associates and is certified by the American Red Cross in Pet First Aid and CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Also, she practices the Tellington Touch method of massage therapy in addition to the Ballner method of cat massage. Karina assists in the support and care of a local feral cat colony, supplying food and medical assistance, including spaying/neutering of adult cats and adoption of kittens. In her spare time, Karina enjoys reading, movies, computer games, both domestic and international travel, refining her Spanish and above all, playing with her cats.
Kelly started working for 4 Pets’ Sake in 2008. She wears multiple hats as our office manager, caretaker at CatCation, our cat boarding facility, and backup dog walker/pet sitter. Prior to joining our team Kelly worked at a preschool and the Humane Society of Charles County. Kelly is certified by the American Red Cross and PetTech in Pet First Aid/CPR and trained in Tellington Touch massage therapy. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. She has been awarded the 4 Pet’s Sake Pet Sitter of the Quarter. Kelly has 3 very needy cats and 2 pet ducks. When her animals let her take a break, Kelly enjoys interior design, antique shopping and spending time with family.
Maria moved to St. Mary’s County from the West Coast in 2000 when her husband took a NAVAIR post at Patuxent River (PAX). Putting down roots on the East Coast was a welcomed rediscovery. She graduated from St. Louis University in 1993; and interned at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater.
Before joining 4 Pets’ Sake, she worked for 17 years as an estuarine ecology research tech at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Lab on Solomons Island. She has served on both small and large research vessels throughout the Bay and its tributaries. With peace of mind knowing her cherished pets were being well cared for while she was working long hours/days on research cruises at sea, she focused on the tasks of studying the Bay. Maria also volunteered and worked as an aquarist at the Calvert Marine Museum maintaining live estuarine invertebrates, fish, turtle, and river otter exhibits/aquariums.
Maria enjoys travel, nature, and volunteer work. Every summer for the past decade she has participated in the PAX Terrapin Nesting Survey, which monitors/cages/protects nests and measures/releases hatchlings at the end of each season.
Through her career, Mel has gained knowledge of many domestic animals and knows what signs to look for when a pet may not be feeling well. She has expertise in nursing litters of kittens back to health and administering medication. Caregiving just comes naturally to Mel, and she is currently caring for her mother and their rescued cats and rescued dog.
When she is not caring for pets, Mel enjoys listening to 80’s music, photography, watching hockey (Go Caps!), and spending time with her family and friends. Animals are her muse!
Paula was born in Washington, D.C. and grew-up in Charles County. After attending college in Tennessee, she decided to stay and work for the automotive industry in Engineering and Quality Control for over a decade. Paula moved back to Maryland in 2003 to help her family members through some medical issues and took a job as a school bus attendant for special needs children. Caregiving just comes naturally to Paula and after the untimely passing of her parents and her sister, Paula decided to chart a new career path by completing the Veterinary Assistant Program at the College of Southern Maryland. She has also received PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Paula is well versed with animals, especially ones with special needs such as diabetes and cancer. She enjoys reading, cross stitch, latch hook and gardening. Paula also loves to volunteer at her local food bank.
Prior to joining 4 Pets’ Sake, Ruth worked at Tidewater Veterinary Hospital, Newport Pines Daycare, and recently retired from property management. Ruth was born and raised in St. Mary’s County and is one of 10 children. Ruth has 3 grown children. Growing up with animals instilled kindness, love, patience, and responsibility in her, which she strives to live by each day. Ruth is American Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and she recently received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Ruth has had many animals over the years including sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, dogs, cats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs, and even a pet skunk. Ruth hand raised 3 kittens from birth and one of them, Gervase, is still alive and 17 years old. The rest of her animal family includes Bonnie, an Australian Shepherd mix, 5 hens, and a young cat named Luna Rosa. She enjoys yoga, catering, knitting, gardening, being outdoors, traveling, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and animals.
Shae was born and raised in Southern Maryland. He has nearly 10 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a technician. He has worked in primary care and emergency care. He finds comfort and feels at home working with animals. Shae, has extensive medical training with animals and is comfortable and confident giving medications and injections to client’s pets.
Shae, loves spending time with his 4 dogs; Kuma, Avha, Zane, Sampson, and his parrot, Phoenix. He grew up around all types of animals including dogs, cats, fish, birds, lizards, snakes, and spiders. When Shae is not working with animals, he loves to spend time hiking and camping. He has also started his own 3D printing business.
Sharon was a 4 Pets’ Sake client for many years before joining our team in 2010, after she retired from the Federal Government with 40 years of service. She has worked at NASA, Department of the Army, FEMA and the Department of Justice. Sharon has been awarded 4 Pets’ Sake PetSitter of the Quarter. She also received many awards during her Government career. She volunteers at the Humane Society of Charles County on a regular basis walking dogs and serves as their Recording Secretary. Sharon is Certified by both the American Red Cross and PetTech in Pet First Aid/CPR and she is trained in Tellington Touch pet massage therapy. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When Sharon isn’t busy with her rescued Siberian Husky, Tess, she enjoys working on plastic canvas, reading, and is a huge NASCAR Fan.
Sugar is a Golden Retriever and has been dubbed the “Ambassador of Play” by 4 Pets’ Sake owner, Terri, because of her ability to engage other dogs in play when they stay for Bed & Biscuit care. Sugar was fostered by Terri through Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland in 2012, after being given up by her original family when she was just over a year old. Luckily for Terri, Sugar would become her forever Golden and brighten up their household with her friendly personality and eagerness to play. Sugar is honored to be a part of a lifetime study being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation. Each year Sugar undergoes extensive health screening and lifestyle tracking conducted by the Foundation to help find a cure for canine cancer.
Yvonne is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in Southern Maryland most of her life. She attended the College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the 4 Pets’ Sake team in 2014, Yvonne’s career encompassed working in the field of Social Services and as a Training Specialist working with developmentally disabled adults. She is a long term and active volunteer with Chemo Angels, Mattawoman Watershed Society, Stream Waders, National Colonial Farm and Charles County Master Gardeners. Yvonne resides in Indian Head with her dogs, cats and a cockatiel. She has many years of experience caring for dogs, cats, small animals, birds and fish. Yvonne received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR and is experienced in administering medications and fluids for pets. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets.When she’s not caring for pets or volunteering, Yvonne enjoys hiking, canoeing and gardening.
Ursula was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1971. She has lived on the East Coast and in the Midwest. After retiring from a 30-year career with the World Bank, she reached out to 4 Pets’ Sake, her long-term pet-sitting service since 2004, and filled out a job application. The rest is history. Ursula says this is the most fun she has ever had at a job. She recently completed her certification for pet first aid/CPR. She and her husband have traveled up and down the East Coast and Alaska, indulging in their love of wildlife photography and their passion for all things animal, including wildlife. They share their home with 4 rescue kitties.