About Jill Merjeski, MS, CPPS, CTNRP, Dog & Cat Care Specialist
Hailing from Philadelphia, Jill graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University and continued her education earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from West Chester University. For over 13 years, Jill was a Senior Academic Advisor in the higher education sector before turning her passion for animals into a full-time career. Jill now applies her educational psychology background to canine emotion, cognition, and basic behavior modification.
Jill graduated from dog*biz Dog Walking Academy in Colorado and has been trained in Pet CPR and first aid through PetTech and The Red Cross. In 2018, Jill earned her Certification from K9 Lifeline’s 3D Workshop in Utah, Dealing with Difficult Dogs, learning safe handling, leash work, running safe socials and canine assessments. Jill has also trained under Kristin Morrison, owner of the Six-Figure Pet Sitter Academy, through rigorous one-on-one coaching sessions perfecting the pet business model. She also completed Pet Nanny Colleen Sedgwick’s Launch and Grow, Multiply Mastermind Program and then the elite Scholars Program for Pet Industry leaders, catapulting her business and professional acumen.
Most recently, Jill earned Pet Sitters International’s CPPS-Certified Professional Pet Sitter status through knowledge-based assessment of the pet sitting industry. In 2019, Jill became a Certified Dog Care, Cat Care, and Disaster Planning Specialist. She is a current member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), and the International Boarding and Pet Services (IBPSA).
Jill’s Next Door also won Best of Palm Beach County 2019 & 2020 for the category “Best Dog Walkers of Palm Beach County" and was nominated for the coveted award once again in 2021.
In her free time, Jill opens her home to fosters cats and kittens, saving over 200 felines and counting! In late 2020, Jill became a Certified Trap, Neutered, and Release Professional and Foster Home Certified through the Animal Rescue Professionals Association. She founded Jill’s Next Door Feline Alliance Program, an alliance organization for felines in need, working with local charities around Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She has founded a farm and cat sanctuary, raising money and awareness for felines. She’s been an active volunteer with Florida’s Forgotten Felines, creating and designing their website, organized their business model, launched their stories all social media platforms, and created an amazing hiring systems for qualified cat feeders. Jill is on call for any fostering opportunities that may arise.
Jill has received two International Awards for her rescue efforts:
Petatarian of the Year 2020 from International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA)
Pet Advocate of the Year through Pet Sitters International (PSI)