Tracy Stocker, Owner
I have worked with companion animals for a combined 36 years both personally and professionally. Most of my background was gained in veterinary medicine and kenneling and boarding facilities. As a child, my family owned and operated an AKC-registered kennel in the Chicago suburbs. We showed, sledded and bred Alaskan Malamutes for 15 years. I was a Junior Handler in the show ring as well.
After 'using my degree' in Education for 12 years, I decided to do something I loved; working with people and their pets. I spent 15 years as an administrator and vet technician assistant in Missouri, Maryland and Oregon. My veterinary background enables me to provide medications including oral, subcutaneous injections, fluid therapy and topical (trans dermal) formulations to your pet as needed. I am trained in the care, handling, and medication administration; as well as the knowledge of when pet behavior can be cause for concern. I am certified in Pet First Aid / CPR from Northwest Veterinary Services in Portland, Oregon since 2011. I also took a class at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in January 2016 as a refresher course, just to stay on top of techniques and information.
CATS My personal specialty has been cats as I have worked for 7 years in feline-only practices both in Maryland and Oregon. My 2nd cat, Petie, adopted me in 1992 and he just passed away in 2012; he made it to 20 years! He lived a full life, criss-crossing this nation with me 6 times. We spent the last 3 years of his life battling Diabetes, Renal Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Arthritis and Hypertension. Petie became diabetic at age 13 due to my lack of knowledge about diet. We learned together and I could not have asked for a better cat to share my life with! Working with my feline-only vets taught me an enormous wealth of information and skills to work with many types of cats; especially the older, medically challenged ones. I have a special knack for getting them to trust me too!
RABBITS & GUINEA PIGS As a former rabbit rescuer, I have extensive rabbit experience as well. I rescued 8 rabbits from a county shelter in 1999 and when we owned a lil bit of property, had a rabbitry set up with both indoor and outdoor enclosures (and more like 16 bunnies!) We eventually had some baby buns too; so I have pretty much seen a lot of the challenges with caring for this species. In addition, I have rescued guinea pigs and have had them as pets for the past 10 years. Guinea pigs and rabbits have many similarities in regards to diet, exercise and housing needs.
I was an Adoption Counselor & Transporter/Rescuer for Felines First Rescue in 2015 and still help out with transportation and special events. I have also spent 3.5 years as an Adoption Counselor, Co Site Coordinator and Caregiver for Cat Adoption Team based out of Sherwood.
As of 2016, I have joined Core Paws as their Partner Support Coordinator; helping shelters get the 'hardest to adopt pets' (medically challenged, senior or longest in the shelter) marketed to potential adopters across the nation.
But not to leave the K-9's out of the picture, I was a Volunteer Transporter for Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest in 2015, and I was on the founding Board of Directors and I maintained a website for Woods Creek Pit Bull Rescue to help them market their dogs to potential adopters. As of September 2017, I am now volunteering for Animal Aid at the front desk and taking on the role of Cat Foster Program Coordinator!
**NEW Venture: As of 12/20/18, I am in the process of bringing Portland's Next CAT CAFE to the west side of town: Purrs and Pastries Cat Cafe! We'd love to see you when we open; hoping for a 2020 Grand Opening!
Miranda, Independent Contractor
Miranda joined my team in the summer of 2017. She has 10 years of training and skills in working with cats, kittens, lizards, turtles and rabbits. Miranda volunteered with Cat Adoption Team for 2 years as a Care Giver and as a Kitten Cuddler. (socializer) She assists in my rescue operations as well and even was able to convince a feral kitten to come to her after 5 days and nights of trying! She has the Kitty Whisperer gene! Miranda is able to administer oral medications to cats and assists me during the summer and holidays. Miranda is my daughter, has no criminal background and is insured by Pet Sitters Associates.
Amanda, Independent Contractor
Amanda joined my team in January 2018 and has extensive veterinary background including working at a 24 Hour Emergency Clinic! Amanda became interested in pet sitting when working for a local small mixed animal practice that offered it as one of their services for their clients. She found it provided a good balance between caring for pets and working to make clients happy! She is adept at medicine administration including giving subcutaneous fluids and other injectable meds including insulin. Her specialty is caring for cats, dogs and pocket pets. Amanda shares her home with a pitbull, a cat and three soft n spunky chinchillas. Amanda has been background checked and is insured by Pet Sitters Associates.
Lory, Independent Contractor
Lory joined my team in late August 2018. She spent 30+ years as Veterinary Technician in local Oregon hospitals and specialty practices including feline-only care, ophthalmology and dental practices as well as homeopathic clinics and emergency hospitals. Originally from California, she has called Oregon her home since 2009. Lory shares her home with 3 cats; 2 of which are special-needs, geriatric kitties. Lory has been background checked and is insured by Pet Sitters Associates.
Kristin, Independent Contractor
Kristin joined the WYNTPC team in late October 2018; just in time for the major holidays! She spent nearly 20 years in the veterinary industry; most of those years spend in emergency medicine. Her passion is resides in hospice care and rescue; but ultimately loves any aspect that allows her to grow within the field. Although Kristin loves all animals, she is a self proclaimed "cat person"! She has an understanding with their quirks and the many different feline personalities. When not working, you can find her volunteering & promoting various animal welfare organizations, playing outdoors with her dogs or traveling with her husband. Kristin is the proud furry mama of 4 dogs, 5 cats and 2 chinchillas! Nothing makes her happier than being surrounded animals! Kristin has been background checked and is insured by Pet Sitters Associates.
Lynn, Independent Contractor
Lynn joined our team in July 2019 as our newest lagomorph specialist! (bunnies!) Lynn is originally from California and has called Oregon home for almost 3 years now. Her background is in Education and she has worked with much larger animals in the past... including Koko the gorilla at the Gorilla Institute! Her kitties were close friends and visited the gorilla frequently. She has been focusing on her volunteer work since moving to Oregon and works closely with Rabbit Advocates in SW Portland. She has been a pet owner for years and years; having been a pet mom for dogs and cats and many bunnies over the past dozen years. They had a trio of sibling kitties that lived well into their teens, with their oldest passing away recently. She and her husband have been parents to 11 foreign exchange students from 5 countries over the last 20 years. Lynn lives with her husband and their 2 rescue bunnies. Lynn has been background checked and is covered by Pet Sitters Associates.
Julie, Independent Contractor
Julie joined our team in August 2019 and has 7 years experience in the Portland rescue world in fundraising, shelter management and volunteer coordination. She helps manage Animal Aid, Inc; a small dog and cat shelter that has a 50 year history! Julie is adept at medicating pets, getting shy animals to trust her and she is an all around amazing force for animals and the people who love them. She recently lost her heart-dog, a sweet senior rescue pitbull mix that was her best friend. Julie has 2 kitties, a tween kiddo and a passion for music, dogs, shenanigans and photography. Julie has been background checked and is covered by Pet Sitters Associates.
WEST SIDE: Tigard, Tualatin,
SW Portland & Beaverton
NEW 2019 : Sherwood & Newberg
EAST SIDE: Gladstone, Oregon City &
Parts of SE & NE Pdx
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