The association recognizes Jill Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC, in Delray Beach, Florida, for her efforts to help feral cats and promote local pet adoptions.

PSI Names Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year


As COVID-19 began to hit South Florida earlier this year, animal advocates were worried that its financial effects would force pet owners to surrender their animals. Then, with many people staying at home more, some rescue organizations saw an increase in pet adoptions at the beginning of the pandemic.

Throughout all of it, Jill Merjeski, founder of Jill’s Next Door Feline Alliance Program, said she tripled her online awareness efforts by taking professional photos of each cat to increase its attraction for adoption by followers on her social media accounts.

But helping felines in need is not new for Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC in Delray Beach. Four years ago, she began feeding cat colonies and fostering kittens with Kitty Karma of Delray Beach. After that, she completed several online cat care classes, specializations and certifications while fostering through Florida’s Forgotten Felines.

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Best of Palm Beach County

Best of Palm Beach County is the highest designation given to the businesses with the most votes in their category. Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC has been chosen as “Best of Palm Beach County” in the pet care category for 2019, and nominated once again in 2020. 2020 winners will be announced in early 2021.

Best of Palm Beach County winners and nominees are chosen by a combination of readers’ votes and editors’ input. The process starts with a nomination on the Best of Palm Beach County website and voting remains open for up to 10 months. Best of Palm Beach County receives tens of thousands of votes and the process culminates with the publishing of their annual Best of Palm Beach County issue.

Best of Palm Beach County is a reader opinion and editors’ selection poll, not a scientific market research study conducted by an independent organization. Reader opinions are vetted and voting pattern analysis reports before they approve the “Best” of Palm Beach County and “Among the Best” winners.

Best of Palm Beach County name winners in more than 500 categories and community sectors. Within each category, there are multiple organizations named as “Best”, “Among the Best”, or “Ones To Watch.” With a county covering nearly 2000 square miles and a population over 1.5 million.


IBPSA names Jill Merjeski, of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking and Pet Services, LLC, Petatarian of the Year. Jill and her team at her rescue alliance, JND Feline Alliance Program, recognizes her outstanding efforts in public service initiatives who contribute to the improvement of animal welfare.


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Listen to our podcast interview with pet sitter confessional!

Pet Sitter Confessional Podcast: Jill Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC, is on a mission to perform at the highest standard and equip her clients to give the best care possible.
She shares her passion for ethical pet care and why it’s important to understand canine emotion and cognition. We discuss what it means to be an advocate for pets and raising the bar on industry standards.
Listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or at: Pet Sitter Confessional Episode 149