Lisa Goetz | Lisa@veganpetsitter.com
I started The Vegan Petsitter in 2011, after I was asked to help take care of a friend’s new foster pup, Tobey, from Beagle Freedom Project. After sharing my experience with this very special animal-testing survivor, I soon found that I was getting more pet sitting requests from friends, and word-of-mouth referrals. I have always loved working with animals and decided to try making it my full-time gig, and that’s how this business was born.
I was not new to the animal field, and my interest was sparked several years prior while I was working for a local animal hospital. There, I gained invaluable knowledge in animal health and behavior, as well as how to provide customized care for each unique patient. It was very hard work but I loved everything about it, and have that experience to thank for my solid foundation working with animals professionally. I was hooked!
Over the past decade, I’ve continued my hands-on education with various volunteer projects. I ran a small foster-based rescue for several years, volunteered on a mobile high-volume spay/neuter bus, interned at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, pitched in at various farm sanctuaries and rescues, and took hundreds of pictures to help network local shelter animals.
I recently returned to school part-time to finish my degree in Biology, with a minor in Asian Pacific Studies. When I’m not working or studying, I love cooking, music, HIIT workouts, and hanging with my dog and two cats.
Behind every great petsitter, there’s a pack of rescued pets.
Panson, 15, Maine Coon Mix
I adopted Panson in 2008 from the animal hospital where I worked. I had never lived with a cat before, and Panson was very particular about who he liked – but once he began to trust me, I knew he was my guy! I will admit that I didn’t really get cats before, but Panson helped me see the light.
Panson’s favorite hobbies include include throwing shade to his brothers, and hoping one day I will give him a slice of pizza.
Bruce, 7, Poodle
I found Bruce during my holiday petsitting route, just after Christmas in 2012. He was running in the street and looked like a tough old street dog, but when I pulled over I realized he was just a friendly puppy who’d probably been on his own for quite a while. He hopped in my car and we’ve been together ever since!
Bruce loves making new friends, and his signature move is “waving” his front paws to greet people – he did this to me within seconds of meeting!
Hershel, 2, Maine Coon Mix
Named after my favorite fictional veterinarian, Hershel Greene, this guy was adopted in 2017 from the Downey Animal Shelter. In the short time he’s been with us, he’s become Bruce’s bestie, and is learning to respect Panson’s boundaries. He loves to play fetch, and will bring you a toy to ask you to throw it. If his toys aren’t around he will grab one of Bruce’s – even if it’s almost as big as he is!