Critter Sitters offers Boarding, Daycare, Dog Walks, Pet Care, Pet Transports, and Pooper Scooping. We are a referral based business and have been serving Central New York since 1999.

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Coverage Area: Syracuse East, Fayetteville, Manlius, Dewitt, Chittenango, Cazenovia


Stephanie has been caring for my dogs ever since she started her business. I cannot say enough about Stephanie and Critter Sitters. I knew Stephanie before she opened this business and know she found her niche and calling with Critter Sitters. She has an innate aptitude to read dog behavior and understand their individual needs based on temperament, and a secret heart of gold. We have been with her through three dogs now. Sighting of the Critter mobile inspires manic wiggling, tail wagging and happy faces in all my dogs. Being cared for by Critter Sitters is not a kennel experience, it’s doggy camp. Stephanie’s services are structured but include flexibility that accommodates different temperaments and needs. First there was Safi. Safi was a true alpha and sensitive. We had been fortunate enough to either be able to take Safi with us on trips or find friends to pet sit. One day our luck ran out and our solitary kennel experience left her stressed and nervous. Then Stephanie opened her doors and we never looked back. Safi never returned nervous from a stay with the Critter Sitter. Never. When Safi had to be euthanized because cancer was winning, Stephanie sat with me and handled all the details I was too grief stricken to handle. And checked in on me frequently as I worked through my grief. Next was Sammy, a separation anxiety package of energetic, cagey german shepherd who came into our lives 10 years ago. He broke out of three separate crates!! Stephanie took him on and took him in, knowing how to batten down the hatches to accommodate his wiley ways and has never turned him away despite counter surfing and pantry raids. Sammy can’t walk as far as he used to because his hips and spine are bad, although is spirit is the same. On a recent visit to Critter Sitters, Stephanie hoisted him on her shoulders and carried him up a hill he could not negotiate. Finally, our third dog: Donato. After Safi’s death, we took him in. He is a border collie mix with some “issues”: paranoid around strangers, sensitive and skittish. I thought this would be the dog that Stephanie would be unable to care for. How wrong I was! Stephanie is one of the chosen few who inspire so much wiggling and tail wagging when he sees her that it looks like he is going to wiggle right out of his skin. After his first visit with her she declared him a quirky but funny sweetheart. She understood him and handled him exactly how he needed to be handled. His behavior when he spies the Critter mobile or Stephanie is the best testimonial to her skills. Dogs don’t lie about who they love and who understands them. I would trust her with their lives and would never consider having anyone else take care of my animals. When my dogs are with Stephanie, I feel completely relaxed and confident that they are having the time of their lives and are well cared for.

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