Our Caregivers

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We love your pets as if they were our own.

Tails On Trails trains our walkers and sitters on how to properly do their job. All walkers are bonded and insured, and have passed our extensive hiring process, including an application, phone interview, in-person interview, reference and background check. We want only the best caregivers on our team! Our main priority is always to keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe.

 

Mark

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Mark is a college student with a love for all things musical and mechanical. Growing up in Jersey City, he shared his home with a variety of animals ranging from fish and birds to dogs and cats. He has always felt that animals are much more than just simple creatures. "They have emotions and intelligence." His experience with many animals makes him a knowledgeable and dedicated caregiver.

When not studying IT or burying his face in a book, Mark spends most of his free time with an instrument in his lap and a pair of headphones over his ears. He has played at various venues in the New Jersey area such as Newport Centre Mall and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

You can rest assured knowing that your pets will be loved and cared for as equals when they're with Mark.

Jesaida

Jesaida is a Jersey City born entertainer with a passion for caring after furry babies! Jesaida, at a very young age, knew the value of caring for another life, from dogs to fish to cats, even Ferrets! She always had a longing for the type of unconditional love animals can bring into your life.

Unfortunately Jesaida experienced the tough realities of life when her beloved childhood pet Muneca (Maltese/Poodle) passed on at age 15. She was loved and cherished and will be missed. Working for Tails On Trails has revived her spirit and connection to animals in a most healing way.

Jesaida works part-time as a Zumba Instructor in the JC/NY area and has an Associates in Liberal Arts-Theater Arts. Being connected to creative pursuits in general, Jesaida is most known for her professional B*girl(Breakdance)/All-styles dance career. She has won countless events representing NJ, America, and Women! She enjoys reading, Philosophy, and writing.


Anthony

Anthony comes from a pet family, right here in New Jersey! It was odd for his family to not have a pet than to have one, while he was growing up.

He has taken care of everything from fins to paws! The longest he has ever gone without a pet is about 4 years. He's back on track with his love of animals, as he's adopted two cats! His youngest cat is a stray who was keen on living with his family and he loves being able to help rescue them off the streets of JC.

Anthony has always really loved cats and dogs because they're so friendly and caring. He says, "I love how expressive they can be. And how even the biggest, meanest looking dog can be a giant adorable baby when you get to know them."  Anthony is looking forward to meeting your furry babies and spend time with them. He know they'll be the best of friends!

 

Natasha

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Natasha has been around animals all her life, some way some how. Her parents didn't let her have a pet until she was older, although all her relatives have had pets. Her family is from the south and having from dogs to horses, in her life is normal. She loves that all animals have their own personalities and you can be in tune with them as soon as you meet them. She's cared for all kinds of dogs, cats, turtles, and if she hasn't yet taken care of a specific type of animal, she will research it until she knows all she can about the needs and wants of that animal.

Natasha's love of exercise, from peaceful walks or a nice run, make her an ideal dog walker. She thinks "dogs and puppies would love that too, along with belly rubs. Cats hold a special place in my heart because my first pet was a cat. My first baby is Pickles (I named her that because she ALWAYS got into trouble...still does). The second is Leo, I take care of him with my partner. I got him walking to a friend's house right after a snow storm. I saw him walking in the snow after some little kids, waved him over to me and he literally jumped into my coat. It'll be his second year with me and I'm still figuring out all his needs."

Natasha won't pick a favorite animal because they're all unique. They are part of her daily life and getting to know them is akin to getting to know a person. Natasha loves to develops a connection with your pets as for her, it's true when they say the "eyes are the window to the soul."


Kristin

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kristin is a recent transplant to Jersey City where she and her partner have a wonderful pair of pet siblings, Mookie the tuxedo cat, and Pearl the white Pit Bull mix. An animal lover since the very beginning, Kristin has had a menagerie of pets throughout her life, including lizards, rats, gerbils and fish. She's never been without at least one cat, though, and they hold a special place in her heart.

Kristin worked in cat rescue for many years and is especially good at working with the cats that need a little extra patience. While she hasn't had the opportunity to own a dog before Pearl, she's always made a point of spending time with friends dogs and volunteering take care of neighbors dogs when they were away.

In her spare time Kristin is also an artist. She has a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and focuses mainly on illustration and comics. She would like to publish her own comics one day. She also loves to cook.

Click here to see Kristin's illustrations!

 

Sven

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Sven is a biology major with an interest in all things living. Ever since he was born his family has always cared for multiple species of animals. From dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, Sven has cared for them all! Currently he has two dogs, one cat, 7 leopard geckos, 4 birds, a community fish tank and a turtle.
 
When he’s not at school pursuing a career in Zoology/ Marine Biology or taking care of all his pets, Sven spends his time skating through the streets of Jersey City. On the weekends he spends his time at a salon as he is also a barber!

So if you’re looking for an experienced, nurturing, responsible care-taker for your pet, Sven is who you’re looking for!


Andy

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Andy has grown up with dogs all his life all over the country. Born in Minnesota, he has also lived in Michigan twice, Arkansas, Georgia, New York and has recently moved to Jersey City. Small dogs have always been part of his family, but upon moving out on his own he and his wife decided to adopt a rescue lab-terrier mix named Ozzie. He understands the value of having a furry family member!

Andy is currently a college student studying Criminal Justice with the intent of joining the Police Academy. His primary goal is to make the world a safer place for people and pets alike. When he is not pursuing his career, Andy spends a lot of time with his dog and wife hunting down all the greatest camp and hiking sites to be found in the state he is living.

Andy also spends a lot of time physically and mentally training to be prepared for entering the Police Academy. When Andy has a little free time, his other favorite hobby is to find all the best restaurants in the area to get the best tastes of the city. Any romantic setting for he and his wife, or any outdoor eatery to bring the dog makes for a great experience! 

 

 


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Joel

Joel is a college student who is majoring in computer science. One day he hopes he can become a developer for a big company or even create his own applications or programs. On his spare time when he is not at campus or playing basketball, he is at home taking care of his pets and showing them all of the love and attention they deserve. There are many pets in his house hold such as birds, fish, reptiles, dogs and cats. He currently owns a French bulldog, pug, two Rottweilers (boy and a girl) and a Maine coon cat.

All his life he’s been around all types of animals because his father always loved animals too. He can not remember not even one day in his life time not having at least one or two pets. He loves both cats and dogs equally because they’re unique and special in their own ways. His pug Toby is his first dog and he got him as a gift when he was only in the fourth grade. He is now 11 years old and loves hanging out with his little sister Peaches the French bulldog.

Sam

Sam was raised in Jersey City, Her family said that she "might end up having a zoo when she livea on her own." Sam grew up with animals from rabbits, cats, dogs, and even reptiles. She says, "I don’t think there’s ever been a time where I didn’t have a pet, I’ve always had them because I love the process of taking care of them and growing a life long bond with them, I can’t imagine myself living without at least one pet."

Sam currently has three pets, Bambie, a shy but super cuddly Chihuahua, and two lovable cats, Roxas and Axel, who are total opposites. (She's working on a fourth and crossing fingers she gets a new reptile bud.)

When Sam is not spending time with her four legged babies, she grabs her pencil and sketchbook and gets her creative engines running. Sam graduated with an Associates Degree in Studio Arts and hopes to become an animator and character designer for places such as Disney and Dreamworks. Click here to see her work!

Lastly, Sam wants to share that "pets are super important in our lives, they’re there for us when we need them the most, as you teach them, they teach you. Each one is different with quirky personalities that makes them unique and wonderful. I’ll ensure that your furry babies are in good hands, I’ll treat them as if they were my own."


Joshua

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Joshua is an avid and compassionate animal lover with a passion for the science of medicine and physics. He recently moved here from Cliffside Park, NJ to Jersey City where he rescued a new friend named Sebastian and have been inseparable since.

When he isn’t out and about walking pups and taking care of kitties. Joshua is home with his cat, either devouring Sci-fi movies/video games, or he is reading the newest book from Michio Kaku or Neil deGrasse Tyson while usually listening away to The Smiths. On the weekends Josh also spends his time as a Server at Ahri’s Kitchen, science isn’t his only passion! He loves cooking for his friends, and as he is a vegetarian, he takes great pride in trying his best at cooking food based out of his meat free and tofu-based dishes.

Joshua is fairly new to the city and to the team, he dreams of one day becoming a paramedic, and is working hard to reaching that goal. But for now he takes great care and love in his time with the animals of Jersey City, and anticipates every coming day of making a new furry friend!

“I’ve always loved animals, and have had many furry, scaly, and shelled companions throughout my youth from a Golden Retriever, to a pit, to a hamster, to spiders, iguanas you name it, I even befriended a chicken that used to live on my grand-fathers farm in the Dominican Republic. Animals give off a certain energy that we all absorb and we become drawn to it because in this world we are alone in the reality we created for ourselves, animals don’t see this side of the world. They see a oneness that everything is connected. That innocence, is the joy that animals give me. I don’t mean to get all Carl Sagan-esque on the topic but that’s my take on why I love animals.” 


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Joel

Joel is a highly active Jersey City resident who loves to spend his time spreading love! When he’s not skating through the streets of Jersey, he’s feeding the hearts and bellies of residents of Hoboken as a cook.

During his free time he loves to remain active and works out. Currently studying in order to achieve not only a personal training certification, but a degree which allows him to practice physical therapy.

He has experience dealing with a range of exotic animals, from leopard geckos to furry little ferrets. He’s unfortunately allergic to cats but will snuggle up next to a hypoallergenic cat in a heartbeat. His mom won’t let him have a dog so this is basically a dream come true, caring for the lovely Tails On Trails family!

 


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Brandon

Brandon is a college student pursuing media arts. He loves to draw, paint, create awesome melodies, and listen to lots of music. In his free time, he's studying music and playing the piano. 

Brandon has always had interest in animals! In 2016, Brandon made the decision to go vegan for ethical reasons.

He believes all animals are equal and do not deserve the cruelty they withstand in modern practices of animal agriculture. Because of his lifestyle, Brandon has a natural love for all animals. Brandon especially loves dogs and cats.

He owns a beautiful cat named Puffs. Puffs was rescued as a stray giving birth in his backyard during a storm. For two years, he has built a very strong bond with her. Brandon enjoys establishing bonds with animals, and looks forward to making them friends. "They are a limitless source of positivity".


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Nino

Nino is a painter and freelance graphic designer originally from Georgia. She came to United States with her personal show in 2007 and continued working here on her art since then. She moved to Jersey City almost a year ago and loves her neighborhood, as it reminds her of the place where she grew up. She always felt somewhat natural bond with animals, no matter the type and interacting with them brings her an incredible joy. She says: “if I did not go with fine art, I would definitely work with animals full time”. She grew up with the rescued cats and dogs, she would often pick them up as strays in the street and bring home where they were welcomed by the animal loving family.

Ever since then her house has never been empty, there were cats, rabbits, birds, fishes and even turtles. She has two cats George and Chelsea,  loved and spoiled, they even enjoy their daily walks on the leashes. She also takes care of the four stray cats, and squirrels who like to come to her backyard.  And finally she is thinking of adopting a dog, years after losing her very special boy of 12 years Vittorio (Rottweiler) to cancer, which she once got as a puppy as the best ever birthday gift.

She is very keen of a long walks and outdoor activities. And what can be better to have a company of a dog, or even a cat?

Besides her devotion to art and animals, she loves yoga, tango and airplanes.


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Gio

Gio is a Jersey City native originally from New York, who always had love for animals especially dogs. Growing up he always wanted a dog, a puppy at that so they can grow old together like an old married couple. Most of his family and friends had pets like dogs, cats, birds, and even fishes but he never had one to call his own. Gio had a neighbor who had three cats that he had visited all the time when he was younger and they were literally the three musketeers and he treated them as if they were his own. A year ago, Gio and his mom surprised his dad who’s suffers from ptsd with a baby chihuahua and he instantly fell in love with the puppy who we named Taino. A year later and he’s one of the funniest and fun pups he ever had. Living with a puppy until they mature into an adult is a great way to build companionship and a special bond.

Gio went on to study radiology but has a passion for the medical field. His dream job is to become a paramedic and to save lives because helping people is the best feeling ever. People who are in the medical field are real life heroes. Until his career becomes reality, animals are going to be his main priority for the time being. You can rest assured that your pups will be in great hands if Gio is their to care for them as they will be treated with love and patience.


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Rose

Rose is currently holding multiple job titles including delivery driver and full time dog walker! She has been in the Jersey City area for about 3/4 years and know 98% of all places she's go to because delivery driving has helped her learn. If she's not out walking a dog, she's out delivering someone’s yogurt or dinner!

Rose came to this country when she was 6 years old way back in 1999, from El Salvador to now 24 years old and has always lived in New Jersey, growing up in Bergen county. Once Rose graduated high school, she attend college but the challenge of being in and out of foster care so was very difficult. One benefit to growing up in New Jersey, it has taught Rose about all it has to offer. Great coffee, bagels and pizza!

Rose believes "animals are love. A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you unconditionally and more than you can love yourself. They have unlimited affection to give and I’ve always believed they are mans best friend! I’ve owned 2 dogs, and about 6 cats! Cats are genuine and super easygoing pals who I wouldn’t trade for the world. I would consider myself an animal person because I don’t discriminate! Dogs, cats and everything between. Working for Tails On Trails has truly taught me that you can be happy working in a job and actually love your job. I’ve learned to love myself and the animals I take care of, feed off of that. I currently don’t own any pets myself but I live with a fellow dog walker who also happens to be my best friend of 8 years and we took in a stray cat and named him Sebastian. He is a really neat cat who’s very vocal and happy. I never thought I’d have a nephew cat but hey there have been crazier things!"