About Jill Merjeski, MS, CPPS, CTNRP, Dog & Cat Care Specialist, Owner
Jill Merjeski is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter with many years of experience in pet care, animal behavior, and rescue.
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 and a successful pet sitting company. Today, Jill applies her educational psychology background to canine emotion, cognition, and basic behavior modification, taking all that she’s learned and using it to offer the best professional dog sitters and pet care services to pet parents in the area.
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 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 was also coached by Colleen Sedgwick of Pet Nanny through the Pet Biz Training series, and Kristin Morrison's Six Figure Pet Sitting Academy.
She is a current member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), and the International Boarding and Pet Services Association (IBPSA).
In 2023, Jill was named the Top 5 for the Palm Beach Post's "Best Pet Sitters" of Palm Beach County. Winners will be announced in March 2023.
Jill was named Pet Care Provider of the Year 2022 through the International Boarding and Pet Services Association (IBPSA).
Jill was also the recipient of Boca Raton's "Best Pet Sitters of Boca Raton" in 2022.
Also in 2022, Jill's Next Door was named the winner in the Palm Beach Post's Best of Palm Beach County "Best Pet Sitters."
In 2021, Jill was named "Neighborhood Favorite" through the Nextdoor platform.
Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC also won Best of Palm Beach County 2019 & 2020 for the category “Best Dog Walkers of Palm Beach County" through BestofPalmBeachCounty.com and was nominated for the coveted award once again in 2021 and 2022.
In 2023, Jill partnered with two local schools, American Heritage and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts with two amazing students to run a Pet Sitters International's annual Hunger Bowl Pet Food Drive. The pet food drive was a wild success, donating pet food to Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton.
Jill has received two International Awards for her animal rescue efforts:
Petatarian of the Year 2020 International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA)
Pet Advocate of the Year 2020 Pet Sitters International (PSI)
In her free time, Jill opens her home to foster 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, organizing their business model, launching their stories on all social media platforms, and creating an amazing hiring system for qualified cat feeders. Jill has raised, fostered, and adopted out over 250 kittens and cats. She has worked directly with iHeart Animal Rescue, All About the Cats Animal Rescue, Kitty Karma Animal Rescue, Dezzy's Second Chance Animal Rescue, among others, raising money, sponsoring events, or fostering kitties.
Contact Jill today to learn more, or to schedule services for your animal companion!