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
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 piece of mind by providing your pets with companionship and exercise that they need and deserve! I have been dog walking and pet sitting on and off now for about a year and I’m ready to fully dedicate myself to being there for you and your pets. 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. My home was located on a few acres of land and it was like waking up to a wildlife preserve every day; from chipmunks to bears and everything in between! I have now been in South Florida for 6 years and couldn’t be happier. 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.
LAURA KAPLAN, PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
Hello! My name is Laura Kaplan and I am very excited to have the opportunity to watch your beloved pets. I am originally from the Midwest. I moved to Palm Beach County in 2016, and currently live in West Boca with my husband and three boys ages 9, 7 and 3. We currently do not have any pets, but I have owned cats, dogs, reptiles and other small animals such as rabbits.
KYLIE CONGDEN, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
My name is Kylie Congden. I attend Florida Atlantic University and I am studying Criminal Justice. I am originally from the Orlando area, but live in Boca for school, and I love it so much! I have a Yorkie at home but I have had many other animals in the past including different types of reptiles. I have a strong passion to work with animals and every chance that I have gotten to take care of them I have taken it. I love to interact with any animal and make them feel loved. I am looking forward to being able to care for your pets and spend lots of time with them. I am so excited to be a part of Jill’s Next Door dog walking & pet services and I look forward to meeting you and your pets soon!
TOM HANTZARIDES, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
I’m really so happy to be part of the Jill’s Next Door Professional Pet Sitter Team! My previous career was in broadcasting in management and sales, and I love my new career, doing something that I truly love. Pets are one of the true joys for people who have them. My two adopted cats are Harry and Georgie and I know what it means to love a pet. I was born and raised in New York City. I’ve called South Florida home for over 20 years. Delray Beach is home for me. One of the things I love about South Florida is that we really get to enjoy our pets so much more. I’ve been told that there isn’t an animal that doesn’t like me! And, I love all animals! You’re furry family member will have great care and lots of love with me and Jill’s Next Door.
POLLY GUINN, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
Greetings! My name is Polly Guinn and I live in beautiful Delray Beach. I have spent most of my life in Upstate New York where I grew up on a horse farm. Along with the horses, we had barn cats, indoor cats, many dogs and of course wildlife of many forms. The care of this menagerie taught me responsibility and in return they gave me that unconditional love. As a retired couple my husband and I moved to Delray permanently in 2017. We have an amazing dog that fills our days with so much pleasure. But in moving to a new area it was difficult to find the best person to help care for our pup when we needed it. Who could possibly fill our shoes with the love and care she deserves? That is why I was pleased that Jill's Next Door has given me the opportunity to help you with the issue I struggled with. I look forward to meeting you and your pets so I can give them the attention and care they need when you are unable to. They deserve no less.
ANNMARIE JACOBSON, JND PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
My name is Annmarie. I recently moved to Delray Beach from Israel, where I’ve lived half of my life. I was born and raised in California. I’m so excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with you and your beloved pets. I know how important it is to trust the person taking care of your animals. You can rest assured that your pets will be in good hands while you cannot be with them in person. I’m fully committed to providing them with the best care and
lots of love. I look forward to meeting you!
BRIAN MCGARY, 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, his pup Dakota, and kitten Mittens he rescued through Jill's Next Door Pet 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.
Tony is the founder and circuit board technician of Board Busterz (Boardbusterz.com),a company that specializes in appliance and all circuit board repair. A percentage of all proceeds from Board Busterz is donated directly to the to care of our local cat colonies.
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.