About Jill Merjeski, MS, CPPS
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 thru PetTech and The Red Cross. In 2018, Jill earned her certification from K9 Lifeline’s 3D Workshop, 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 Multiply Mastermind 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, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and the International Boarding and Pet Services.
Jill's Next Door has recently partnered with Florida's Forgotten Felines (floridasforgottenfelines.org) and has created a suborginazion called JND Feline Alliance Program. With the help of generous JND volunteers, this program teaches feral kittens and moms the necessary socialization skills for a successful adoption into furever homes. The JND Feline Alliance Program has assisted over 50 felines and counting.