The Best, Most Caring Pet Care Professionals

Jill’s Next Door is dedicated to working with only the best, most caring, and qualified pet lovers around. We run each sitter through an extensive screening.

How do we onboard our sitters?

All of our Pet Sitters go through a very thorough screening, vetting, and questionnaire process before they are considered to be part of our team. We look for stellar references, a clean background check, pet care experience, a love of animals, great character/moral compass, reliability, and completion of a 25 Step Onboarding Guide. Our sitters also complete a shadowing orientation on client directives before they receive their first solo assignment. 

We only work with the best people and hold them to a very high standard! We can never be too thorough and YOU and your pets can never be too happy!

Meet Our Team


JILL MERJESKI, PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER, OWNER

Hi, all! I am originally from Philadelphia and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University and continued my education earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from West Chester University. For over 13 years, I worked in the higher education sector before turning my passion for animals into a full-time career and a successful pet sitting company. Today, I apply my educational psychology background to canine emotion, cognition, and basic behavior modification. I have been in pet care for about seven years, gaining so much knowledge and expertise in the industry.

LEARN MORE ABOUT JILL HERE.

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SHAWNA LANGDON, PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

Hey Everyone! My name is Shawna and I’m both humbled and excited for the opportunity to work with you and your fabulous furry and non furry family members! I have fur babies of my own and I know how important it is to find someone reliable, caring, and trustworthy to look after them when you cannot. I want to offer you that peace of mind by providing your pets with companionship and exercise that they need and deserve! I’m originally from upstate New York and grew up with a wide variety of animals from white faced herefords to ducks (Donald & Daisy) to dogs and cats to fish and birds.  I truly look forward to assisting you with all your pet needs and essentially help to make your life easier and stress free!

WATCH SHAWNA’S INTRODUCTION VIDEO HERE.


MELISSA BABEY, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

My name is Melissa Babey. I was born and raised in Florida. I am married to my husband Lee for 25 years who also was born in Florida. I have two boys 22 and 20. Both boys are away at college one at Auburn University studying pre med and the other one at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University studying Aerospace Engineering. I have had dogs all my life. I currently have two dogs a Pit Bull who is 13 and a Chihuahua who is 15 1/2. I also have a cat who is 8. I am a retired RN with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. I worked labor and delivery. I recently worked up in NJ at my nieces kennel and day care for the past year. It was a great experience. I look forward to taking care of your animals in the near future.

WATCH MELISSA'S INTRODUCTION VIDEO HERE.
 

SHELLY BERGER, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

Hi there! My name is Shelly Berger. I was born in Bangor, Maine and moved to Delray Beach at the young age of 8. I am married to my husband for 10 years and lucky to say he is my best friend! We have 3 grown children combined and are newly empty nesters! My love for animals started at a very young age. From birds, bearded dragons, fish, cats, pups you name it! I have had rescue pets in our home as far back as I can remember and have done feral kitty TNRs, as well. Taking care of animals has always been a passion for me and I am excited to join Jill’s team in this new chapter of my life. Looking forward to meeting you and your critters!

WATCH SHELLY'S INTRODUCTION VIDEO HERE.
 

ANDREA MAGALHAES, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

Hi! My name is Andréa, but friends call me Dré!
When I travel, nothing is more important to me than the safety and wellbeing of my fur babies. My goal as your pet sitter is to make you feel that your pets are safe and cared for. I was born and raised in New Jersey with family that supported my love of nature and animals. We’ve had many pets, including dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, turtles, hedgehogs, tree frogs, monitors and bearded dragons. My current fur babies include 2 long haired mini-Dachshunds, Aria, and Lorenzo. There is also my big boy Bengal cat named Jagger. I consider my pets to be part of my family and treat them as such.  I will treat your pets as if they are my very own and I look forward to meeting them!

WATCH DREA'S INTRODUCTION VIDEO HERE.
 

BRIAN MCGARY, JND WEBMASTER

Brian joined the Jill’s Next Door team in 2019 and manages the day-to-day operation of Jill’s Next Door’s website: ensuring the functionality, navigation, and overall performance that meets our clients’ needs. Brian is also President of Sitetastics (www.sitetastics.com) a digital marketing agency specializing in websites, SEO, PPC, and analytics. 

Brian resides in Sunrise, Florida with his daughter Riley and his pup Dakota and kitten Mittens he rescued through Jill’s Next Door Pet Feline Adoption Alliance Program.




TONY SAKAL, JND FELINE ALLIANCE RESCUE MANOR (F.A.R.M) PROPERTY OWNER

Tony Sakal is an established cat colony caregiver who maintains multiple feral cat colonies in Palm Beach County. Tony works in conjunction with several local rescues with the goal of reducing the feral cat population by trapping, neutering and releasing back into their chosen territory. Tony also owns and operates a farm, where kitties who are injured, unadoptable, or elderly call home. Through a successful fundraiser created by JND Feline Alliance program, Tony has built a catio to shelter vulnerable cats from predators.

Tony is a highly valued team member with JND Feline Alliance Program; offering feline procurement, transportation, medical care, and immeasurable knowledge of feline welfare.


BRANDY MARTIN EVERINGTON, JND FELINE ALLIANCE COORDINATOR & RESCUE LIASON

Introducing Brandy Martin Everington, Jill's Next Door Feline Alliance Program's Coordinator & Rescue Liason! Brandy is a star animal rescue advocate who is partnered with several rescues in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. She facilitates the overall process of adoptions and implements best practices and matchmaking skills to find kitties forever homes. Not only does Brandy herself foster animals, she also performs periodic check-ins with adoptive families and resolves any issues to prevent returns. Brandy is very active in regular adoption events around south Florida and is our head liason to various veterinary clinics, rescues, and shelters across the state.


MANDY PLATO, JND FELINE ALLIANCE VOLUNTEER

Our beautiful volunteer Mandy Plato, who generously donated her time, energy, and love to the kittens fostered with Jill's Next Door Feline Alliance Program. Mandy's focus was in kitten socialization--which is a crucial component in kitten development and adoption preparation. Mandy came to JND from California Paws Rescue in Palm Desert, CA, and specialized in canine socialization, transportation, and service dog training with Florida's Big Dog Ranch and DC DOGOS. Mandy passed away suddenly in 2021. She will forever be known for her rescuing and loving spirit.