Whether you're away for work or pleasure, you can entrust your pets to Tails On Trails. We truly believe in premium pet care, because nothing else will do. With our In-Home Pet Care Services your furry family members will receive love and individual attention to meet your pets emotional and physical needs. Tails On Trails will give you a peace of mind knowing your beloved pets are comfortable at home with the care they deserve!
Founder: Judy Nunez
A pet lover since birth, Judy has always had a special connection to animals. From dogs, to cats, to one of her first pets as a child in the Dominican Republic, her 2 chickens: Pito and Pita, she has always said, "There's something about their eyes, their soul rests there for me."
While spending a decade in the corporate world, Judy always felt there was something missing. She longed for more meaning in her life by giving more of her self and helping others. She spent her spare time volunteering at a local Humane Society, where she cleaned crates, walked dogs, and gave lots of attention and love to the animals there.
Eventually, she became the proud mom of three rescue-cats: Wilhemina, Bronte and Josephine. All of her cats came from very difficult situations; they were severely abused and abandoned. As a kitten, Bronte had months of medical care due to her injuries prior to her adoption. Wilhelmina was found locked in the truck of a car before she was rescued. And Josephine was found in a junkyard with a broken shoulder, before being found and adopted by Judy. Wilhelmina, Bronte and Josephine are the loves of her life. Judy has provided a safe, nurturing environment, with all of the love they missed out on. She's happy to report that they are all well adjusted and have been a loving family now for over 13 years.
In 2008, Judy left the corporate world and started walking dogs for a local, well-known, dog-walking company in Hoboken. She has been an enthusiastic dog walker and pet sitter ever since. Judy has the privilege to know and spend, daily, quality time with dozens of pets and their families, over these last seven years.
Another big step in the adventure of her life, Judy is thrilled to continue pursing her passion for animals. In July 2012, she followed her heart and opened her own pet sitting company, Tails On Trails LLC serving Jersey City. She continues to take excellent care of all of the pets entrusted to her and absolutely cares for each of them as if they were her own.
In her spare time, Judy has been a stage manager for the local Jersey City arts community. He work includes: stage managing the Jersey City Slam Team for national competitions and stage managing countless plays with Art House Productions.
Judy is also and avid baker and cook! Being a first-generation Dominican, Judy has been cooking since age 9 and has been a baker since the age of 14. She is the current, two-time "4th Street Festival Mac & Cheese Individual Champion" of Jersey City. Judy was also the baker for the longest running open-mic in Jersey City at Art House Productions, for 5 years.
A true animal lover, Jocelyn grew up with cats, dogs, birds, lizards, turtles, hamsters, tree frogs, and even a hedgehog named Wookie!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jocelyn moved to Hoboken and in 2009 adopted a Shiba Inu puppy named Loki. After a few horrible experiences with different dog walking companies, we found Judy Nunez through a local business. While home during some of the scheduled walks, Jocelyn and Judy realized they had a connection, not just their passion for animals, but their shared love of baking, cooking, and being a stage manager. A lifelong friendship was born! Judy continued to be the dedicated walker for Loki until 2012 when Jocelyn moved out of town.
Jocelyn previously worked as the Special Projects Editor for a national business magazine, where she did everything from manage 500+ person conferences, public relations and social media, and oversee daily office operations. Her attention to detail and passion for her work made it an easy transition to manage our operations desk as business expanded in 2015.
In her spare time, Jocelyn works on crafting new recipes, trains for powerlifting competitions, and enjoys life in New Jersey with her husband and dog!
Associate Operations Manager:
Sarah is our long-term Assistant Operations Manager who also conducts dog walks and cat sitting visits!
She's always had a passion for animals her whole life and has owned plenty of dogs. Sarah has worked as a veterinary technician in Kenilworth and that has only driven her to pursue the future dream of running an animal rescue.
She was born and raised in New Jersey, and spends her free time traveling, listening to music, and spending plenty of time with her two Schnauzers and Maltese dogs.
She also worked for a non-profit arts organization specializing in various instruments, dance, and mixed media. Sarah studied psychology at Kean University and plans on continuing her education in animal behavior. She is extremely excited to continue be a part of the Tails On Trails LLC team and looks forward to caring for your pets!
Assistant Operations Manager:
Michael Concepcíon Velez
Michael, born and raised in Puerto Rico, comes to us with years of business administration and corporate project management experience in both the non-profit and private sector. Most recently, Michael was the Training Coordinator at GE and is currently studying for her Project Management Certification this spring.
Michael not only brings her vast experience as a manager, but she also brings her passion for creativity, the arts and animals. As a dog mom, Michael understands the importance of exceptional pet care. Her two dogs, Lilu and Nya, bring such light and joy into her life. When the day came to adopt Lilu, it truly felt like she found her missing family member. Michael says, "Less than a year later, her sister, Nya, arrived and our family was simply perfect. These girls are extremely loving, intelligent and different from one another in so many ways. Lilu is fearless, brave, protecting of her younger but larger sister. Yet Nya is timid, fearful, and suffers from anxiety. I’ve learned so much from each of them that I would not trade them for anything. These girls have brought so much light into my life that I can’t imagine my life without them."
Michael is thrilled to provide pet owners with the same level of care and attention she brings from her professional and personal experiences.
As a renaissance woman, Michael also holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and her work has been showcased as places such as Endicott College in Massachusetts. When not working or painting, she spends time on her photography and can be found working on the plans to build her own Tiny House.