Meet the Laughing Pets Atlanta Owner
Karen E. Levy, Owner
Like many pet owners, I love animals!! My thirst for knowledge of “everything dogs” began several years ago when I adopted my fur-baby, Diesel. I’ve always loved cats though I don’t have one of my own. Since adopting Diesel, I’ve spent countless hours learning about animal behavior, dog training, animal nutrition and best practices for caring for a happy, healthy pet. I’m certified in Pet First Aid & CPR and am an advocate for positive reinforcement training.
I’ve volunteered with various pet-rescue organizations such as Atlanta Pet Rescue and Canine Cellmates. My areas of volunteerism include being an adoption counselor, a dog-training assistant and raising funds totaling over $25,000.
In 2010 I founded Laughing Pets Atlanta and have been dog walking and pet sitting ever since. It’s my honor to be selected as a caregiver for my furry clients. Nothing makes me happier than waking up each day and seeing a bunch of laughing pets!!
Meet our Professional Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Team
Darby grew up in Kansas and recently moved to Atlanta for college and filmmaking. Although she’s new to city life, Darby is an experienced animal lover and caretaker. She grew up with everything between cats, dogs, snakes and fish, and loved her first job at a doggy daycare in Kansas. Now in Atlanta, you can find Darby exploring the city and taking long walks on the beltline with her chow chow, Laika. In her free time, she loves to skateboard and take road trips with her friends.
Judy is from Tennessee but has lived in Atlanta for many years. She has a grown son and has had several dogs and cats over the years. Judy is an amateur photographer and also loves to write in her spare time.
Callie has had pets her whole life. She’s raising a pug puppy named Dylan. She’s been working animals for many years and I love spending time outdoors, whether that’s at parks or pools.
Brian is originally from South Florida and recently moved to Atlanta to start his real estate career. He has been pet sitting for his family & friends since high school and continues that passion for animals here in Atlanta. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and attending concerts.
Margie is a native of Atlanta though has lived in Los Angeles, New York and London. Throughout her travels she’s always had pets to keep her company. She’s had fish, parakeets and many dogs over the years. Currently she has three rescue dogs… Little Anne, Jacs and Groot. Margie volunteers for Canine Cellmates and has also volunteered for the Atlanta Humane Society and Lifeline. In her spare time, she enjoys time outdoors, watching football and taking trips with her husband in their RV.
Stephanie grew up in San Diego, went to college in Dallas, and moved out to Atlanta after college to explore a new city. She grew up with dogs, snakes, birds, and guinea pigs, and also spent a couple of years working as a veterinary technician. Stephanie is the proud owner of a 5-year-old tortoiseshell cat, and truly appreciates the love and laughter pets bring into our lives. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, playing sports, reading, and going with friends to all of Atlanta’s great restaurants.
Michelle has been pet sitting for Laughing Pets Atlanta since 2014! In 2008 Michelle moved to Atlanta from New York. She’s a full-time realtor for Coldwell Banker and an overnight pet sitter.
Why Hire Laughing Pets
Loving Animals is not enough!
Laughing Pets Atlanta works as a team. Our team members are employees rather than independent contractors. There are multiple benefits to working with a company that has employees.
CONSISTENCY IN CARE
Our staff members are trained to follow specific instructions in how to best care for your pets. No matter who your care provider is, you will get the same level of service. Companies utilizing independent contractors cannot train or guide independent contractors. Independent contractors determine their own set of procedures and make their own decisions in how to best serve the client. Your care from one independent contractor to the next could be very inconsistent.
In addition to this training program, management will periodically accompany care providers in the field for further guidance. They are shown how to dispense medication, reinforce training and work with reactive dogs. Employees even learn fun things they can do with your pet such as tricks, games, etc.
All employees are closely monitered and supervised. Companies utilizing independent contractors have little to no supervision. Most independent contractors are not subject to GPS tracking so you won’t know if the visits are shortened or done at different times than your request.
Laughing Pets Atlanta, applicants go through an intensive screening process. All applicants go through a 5-step interview process including a risk assessement evaluation and personality test. In addition, all employees have passed a national, state and county background check. Companies hiring independent contractors have a minimal screening process and oftentimes don’t meet the applicants. Everything is done online.
Did you know that independent contractors can contract out their jobs? They can send anyone into your home without notification to you or even our company! You will not know the level of training and education they have, not to mention that the substitutes are not insured. Though independent contractors are required by law to have liability insurance, most do not. More reasons to hire Laughing Pets Atlanta.
You have direct access to the owner of the company so when there’s a problem you have someone to call who holds its employees accountable for their actions. When using independent contractors or services like Rover, Thumbtack and Uber-like companies, who do you call when there’s a problem? A customer service department who is giving you “canned” answers!
Consider all of those things together and you’ve hired a company who takes dog walking and pet sitting very seriously. Laughing Pets Atlanta recognizes that your pets are family and deserve the best care providers. Knowing who has access to your home is not taken lightly by you or by us. With Laughing Pets Atlanta you are hiring the best of the best and can feel confident your home is protected and your pets are given the very best care.
When choosing a pet sitting service, does technology matter?
Making a decision about who will come into your home and take care of your four-legged family members is very important. Not only will they be responsible for your pets, but also for the safety and security of your home.
SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Each of our sitters has a password-protected app on their phone that gives them access to this information so that there is no paper trail. When your sitter has your keys there is nothing on her person or her car that would ever link those keys back to you. Each sitter has their own login so that they can quickly assess the details for the client they are servicing.
PROVIDING PET CARE DETAILS
This information ranges from your names and contact information to the alarm codes, schedules of your trips, and your pet’s food and medication data. Do you want that data to be on written on pieces of paper kept in your sitters’ cars? What happens if their car is broken into or is stolen with all of your sensitive home information inside?
If you are trusting your neighbor, family member or even some pet sitters who don’t utilize technology, the security of your home and pets could be significantly compromised if the information needed to provide service for your pets and home is not gathered and stored in a secure manner.
In addition to this training program, I accompany them on their assignments so that we can tailor the service to your pets needs. I show them how to dispense medication, reinforce training and work with reactive dogs. I even teach them fun things they can do with your pet such as tricks, games, etc.
TRACKING DURATION OF VISITS
EASE OF SCHEDULING
Technology makes working with Laughing Pets Atlanta so much easier.
There’s so little for you to do and so little for you to worry about. Focus on having fun with your pets!
We have you covered.