Meet Our Staff
Hi, My name is Karla Cano, owner of Karla’s Pet Care. Ever since I can remember I have had pets. From cats and dogs, to rats, hamsters, mice, and parakeets, even pollywogs collected from the streams behind the baseball fields in Southern California while I waited for my brother to be done with his games. I have always loved animals! My mom thought for sure I would become ambassador of the San Diego Zoo.
I went into the human medical field instead. In 2000 my family moved to Elk Grove. After working 12 years in the human medical field and watching a lot of animal planet, in 2001, I decided to enter the veterinary field. I attended Cosumnes Veterinary Technician program. While in school I heard of pet sitting companies. I had no idea they existed and researched about what was involved in owning one.
In 2003 I launched my in-home professional pet sitting business, officially Karla’s Pet Care in 2004 along with graduating my associates of science degree and the vet tech program. I then sat for the California state board and become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) that same year (big year). I have enjoyed working at a few of the local vet hospitals in the area. As my pet sitting business grew the economy failed and I was laid off at my vet job. I looked for a new job for a while then realized I could be a professional pet sitter full time! I was so excited and so nervous. However, it had been so rewarding to help owners enjoy their time away without worry and stress about their pets welfare it made for an easy decision. Karla’s Pet Care started with just a few clients and has grown to 300+ clients in 2015! A big thank you to my family and friends who supported me through those years and to my amazing clients for entrusting their precious pets to my care.
We have been honored to have had articles in the Elk Grove Citizen about Karla’s Pet Care and have been quoted for various types of pet care articles.
Hello, I’m Danielle! Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to work with animals. My passion for animals continued to interest me as I worked in a couple pet stores during my high school years, and then later on was hired as a Veterinary Assistant in 2004. I met Karla while working at a vet hospital in Elk Grove. In 2009, I also started working for Karla’s Pet Care during the summer months. I have learned great skills with experience and continue to love learning to better care for people’s pets. There are always personal moments when you get to learn about people and their pets–the human and animal bond is truly amazing. Aside from working with animals, I love traveling since my husband and I went to Alaska in 2014 on the Disney Cruise Line (we love Disney!). My husband and I loved our first pup, a Shepard mix named Vega, for almost 11 years before we said a peaceful goodbye. (We hope to bring another rescue into our lives in Fall 2016.). Growing up in South San Francisco, I am fond of many museums for their artwork, science, history, and architecture. Drawing and painting has always brought me joy as I have taken a few beginning art and graphic design classes, and I have painted a couple murals in children rooms. I’ve also volunteered each year since 2006 at the Annual Spay Day Event organized at several veterinary hospitals, clinics, and shelters throughout Sacramento and Elk Grove areas.
My name is Gabriela Gomez. I have lived in the Elk Grove area for 20 years. I have always felt so much love and compassion for animals and easily form a special bond with them. I enjoy being around pets and providing the owners a piece of mind knowing while they are away, their beloved pets are in great hands. An added touch I provide is to send a text of the animal while their humans are away. Pets are a big part of my life and currently I own a dog, cat, fish and turtles! While not pet sitting or in school, I spend time with my family doing things outdoors.
I have been an animal welfare advocate and volunteer my entire adult life. While living in the Bay Area, I was the Foster Home Coordinator (and a volunteer foster home) for Furry Friends Rescue (www.furryfriendsrescue.org), a non-profit organization that rescues animals on death row from shelters all over Northern California.
I spent several years as a volunteer shelter worker for the City of Fremont Animal Services, where I also met the owner of The Animal Nanny pet-sitting service, who offered me my first pet-sitting job. I worked for The Animal Nanny until moving from the Bay Area in 2005 . During my tenure as a pet-sitter and shelter volunteer in Fremont, I also earned two dog training certifications from Marin Humane Society’s Consultant/Instructor Training Academy (CITA I and CITA II), and was trained in pet first aid and CPR.
Since moving to the Sacramento area in 2006, I have been a volunteer for the Sacramento SPCA— serving as a foster home, a dog walker, a cat socializer, a small animal socializer, and a Love On Loan participant with my therapy dog, Rula. I am also a volunteer Puppy Raiser and Breeder Caretaker for Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org), a national non-profit organization that provides professionally trained service dogs, free of charge, to people who need them.
I have known Karla Cano in a professional capacity since 2007, and am beyond excited to now be part of her pet-sitting team.
Hello! My name is Marley. I have lived in the Elk Grove area for over 5 years now. When I was about 5 years old people would ask me, “Marley, what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer would always be “I want to be a Dog Walker or an Ice Cream Woman!” Sixteen years later, here I am working for Karla’s Pet Care, doing one of my favorite things in the world! Caring for pets. Pets have always been a HUGE part of my life! I have cared for all sorts of dogs growing up (from Chihuahuas, to Pit Bulls, to Great Danes.) Cats and fish as well, and even horses when I lived in the Sacramento Delta area. I could not imagine my life without my animals, that is why I believe it is so important to give our client’s pets the utmost care and compassion while their owners are away, just how I would want my pets to be cared for. While not pet sitting, I enjoy spending time with my family and doing activities such as sewing, thrifting, and videography.
There are around 70 million homeless pets in America. Animal shelters and pet-rescue organizations nationwide are in constant need of pet food donations. Elk Grove’s Animal Control Unit is no different and they are also in need of such donations; specifically for cat food, as the area’s feral and stray cat population continues to grow. Donated pet food from the community helps the unit assist local feral cat colony caretakers. With the community’s contributions the breadth of these rescue efforts can reach much further to help the animals in need.
“When cats are out there alone they will establish colonies so that they can live together in certain areas. They find that building up in numbers helps them survive,” said Maureen McCann, unit supervisor. “Good Samaritans stumble upon these colonies, trap the cats, and provide them with what they need. The caretakers are providing us with a tremendous service, because if they weren’t out there doing what they do the cat overpopulation would be much worse than it is.”
As a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, Cano joined the annual effort that collects pet food for shelters each year.
Karla Cano, owner of Karla’s Pet Care in Elk Grove, annually hosts the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive to benefit the Animal Control Unit’s need. PSI members organize local pet food drives that benefit their communities’ animal shelters and pet-rescue organizations. The Hungry Bowl Food Drive has succeeded in donating 1,700lbs of pet food, plus needed supplies since 2014. Thanks to everyone who has made these donations possible!