Owner, Katherine's K9s
Katherine’s love for animals began well before she can remember. From her first pets, Blackie and Ginger the Guinea Pigs, to fish, mice, hamsters, and rats, Katherine had pets throughout her childhood. In fact, Katherine specifically picked her college dorm because it allowed her to bring Guinea Pigs Clover and Midnight with her to school. Since college, Katherine has had several dogs, including two who volunteered as therapy dogs though Therapy Dogs International (now Pet Partners). Helping her pets thrive through games, sports, and volunteering is her passion, so opening Katherine’s K9s was a natural extension of this love.
Katherine’s K9s has been Katherine’s pride and joy since 2017. Katherine enjoys bonding with each pet she meets and she believes that using positive reinforcement methods is key to making pets feel safe and comfortable in her care. Drawing upon her history as a teacher and school principal, Katherine teaches the principles of Bond, Teach, Integrate to staff members, providing a pathway for successful long-term relationships between pets and their caregivers.
Throughout this journey Katherine has met incredible clients who have become friends. She is so grateful for the opportunity to care for each pet, and to support clients with their beloved family members. Spending time with cats, dogs and other pets is a fantastic way to pass the day! Whether boarding, transporting or supporting daily and vacation care, you are sure to see a smile on Katherine’s face!
Meet The Katherine's K9s Team
Jessica came to Katherine’s K9s in 2018, after deciding that she wanted to work part time, and have more time to devote to her pursuits with photography and writing. She has an extensive background working with small businesses in Northeastern Ohio, and especially enjoys working with new businesses, and watching them grow and flourish. Jessica appreciates the flexibility of working remotely; she has answered your messages from her home office as well as from across the country!
Jessica lives in Akron with her husband, Kurt, and their cat Penny. She has always had pets, and loves seeing the photos of all of yours in her email daily. Penny attends every Katherine’s K9s meeting with her! In her free time, Jessica enjoys taking road trips, seeing live music, and volunteering with local nonprofits.
Katie grew up in Cleveland and returned several years ago to raise her family in her hometown.
After spending several years in the research industry, Katie decided that it was time for a change and she knew that she wanted that change to involve animals. Katie currently owns two Labrador retrievers with her family. Their constant love and affection is a source of much joy and laughter in her family. Katie likes to spend her free time on hikes or by the water with her family, building Legos with her children, or doing puzzles into the wee-hours of the night.
As the Operations Manager of Katherine’s K9s, Katie is excited to spend more time with dogs and cats, and to help answer your questions and ensure that your services run smoothly.
Amber is a native Ohioan. After 20 years working as a professional in the nonprofit sector, she left the field to refocus her career on her artistic practice and love of animals. She has a particular affinity for senior dogs and has adopted and cared for animals of all shapes and sizes. She enjoys spending time with her family, which includes sassy senior dog Pippi and Jet the snail, as well as cooking, traveling, karaoke, reading mystery novels, and creating art.
Lauryn is a military kid that has lived all over the world. She just relocated to Cleveland. She has two magnificent rescue pups; James is a pit-mix that went from being a fight dog to now being a Children's Hospital therapy animal and Annabelle is a 3-legged pug that is her adorable and sassy shadow. She truly doesn't know what her life would be without them!
She has always worked with animals in some capacity-
In her free time she is a photographer and you can pretty much always find her with a camera in hand. She also loves hiking and just being outside with her pups and partner!