News & Awards
Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC is the proud recipient of 12 awards, 3 international and 9 local awards, celebrating pet care excellence and animal rescue efforts. JND has been featured in publications such as The Boca Raton Tribune, Newswire, The Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, Pets+ Magazine, Pet Sitters World Magazine, Coastal Star, among others. JND has also been interviewed on iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict, and locally on Delray Morning Live! Read more below.
Delray Morning Live Interview
Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC was interviewed on The Greater Delray Chamber of Commerce’s Delray Morning Live! Program in 2020. Jill highlighted her pet advocacy efforts, the launch of her JND Feline Alliance Program, and the benefits of hiring a professional pet sitter.
Pet Sitter Confessional Podcast Interview
Pet Advocate of the Year Building Cat Sanctuary for Elderly and Disabled Cats
Jill Merjeski Now Serving South Florida Communities with Award-Winning Company
Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC has quickly become a top choice for pet parents living and traveling in Palm Beach County, offering various services that ensure pets receive the best care possible. Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC, was founded by pet care professional Jill Merjeski, MS, CPPS®, CTNRP, and has become one of South Florida’s premier dog walking and pet sitting companies. Jill’s Next Door strives to provide pet parents with high-quality service and the peace of mind they need that their pets are in good hands.
Jill’s Next Door Dog Named the Winner for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Petatarian Award
Jill Merjeski was named the winner for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Petatarian Award. The award–through the IBPSA–honor those businesses raising the bar for professionalism and success in the pet care services industry. “As the pet care industry continues to explode and competition increases, it’s important to recognize those professionals who are setting themselves apart from the crowd,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA’s founder and CEO. “Jill is helping to raise that standard.”
Petatarian of the Year Announced
Jill Merjeski was named the winner for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Petatarian Award. To meet the initial threshold for a nomination, pet care providers must have been in business for at least three years and a current member of IBPSA for at least six months. Next, nominees were required to submit information reflecting their financial growth in the past year, company description and vision, and company culture. Nominees were also required to provide information on how the business excels in animal welfare along with details on education and certifications completed by the business owners and employees.
Conversations with Ibby Winners With Clay Liebrum
The 2020 IBBYs were presented to the winners in multiple categories during the final session at the Eighth Annual IBPSA Virtual Conference & Trade Show. I was able to get a chance to talk with our five distinguished winners. We wanted to ask them some questions about their business and operations, but we also spent some time talking about the past year and all that went along with the many situations that almost everyone had been facing. It was a pleasure hearing the success these people are finding as a result of the passion they have for the pet care industry. I definitely learned a few things from these incredible people, and our hope is that you will, too.
Pet Sitters International names 2020 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year
Pet Sitters International has named Jill Merjeski of Jill’s Next Door PSI’S 2020 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year. Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC, devotes countless hours to feeding cat colonies, fostering cats and kittens, and also uses her business acumen and online platforms to assist a variety of pet rescue organizations in her area. “There’s so much time, energy, passion, love, and resources involved in volunteering, but it’s all worth it to make a difference to at least one animal in need,” said Merjeski. “I am especially grateful to be a part of the PSI community and the impact we are all making.”
Paws Up for Pets: Need a top-notch sitter? Professionals outline their services
Jill Merjeski was interviewed in 2022 after being awarded and recognized 11 times–locally, nationally, and internationally for her pet care an animal rescuing efforts. Jill left a career as a Senior Academic Advisor at Drexel University in Philadelphia to launch her pet sitting business in Palm Beach County in 2017. Four years later, her company was named Pet Advocate of the Year by Pet Sitters International and last year, JND was tabbed as the Best Pet Sitters of Palm Beach County by The Palm Beach Post. “These are big honors, especially considering we started from nothing,” says Merjeski. “I am always educating people that my company is part of a professional association that provides continual education and certifications to its members. We rely on the latest technology to communicate with our clients.”
Reaching Prospective Clients with Both Four and Two-Legged Children
Pet Sitters International (PSI) member Jill Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC, in Boca Raton, Florida, shared about how she included PSI’S Early Education Program® materials in recent community outreach efforts. Jill presented to 111 students and 10 faculty members for PSI’s Early Education Program®, teaching the Pet Safety and the Importance of Animal Rescue. Through demonstration and student volunteers, she showed the students how to approach an unfamiliar dog and avoid bites. She also highlighted her career in pet care, and how the students can get involved in animal rescue. Each student “adopted” a stuffed dog or cat, complete with its on kennel and certificate for being a rescue hero.
We Are Delray – There Are Ordinary Heroes All Around Us!
By Lynn Van Lenten
I am sure the word HERO brings a famous song to mind. The Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl claims that he didn’t look up to celebrities growing up. Instead, he admired the hard work and perseverance of ordinary people. This idea is embedded in his song “My Hero.” One line goes like this, “There goes my hero. Watch him as he goes. There goes my hero. He’s ordinary.” This month let’s look at some ordinary heroes meeting everyday needs. Their contribution, day in and day out makes the statement “We Are Delray” more than ordinary! Let’s see how:
Do you have a dog who needs daycare or daily walking? How about some companionship or pet-sitting while you travel? Securing the right “hero” to provide your furry family member with the care you need is often hard to find.
Meet local hero Jill Merjeski, owner of Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Service. Her team customizes all pet needs because any animal owner knows no two pets are the same, right? “The foundation of our award-winning company is a genuine love of animals,” said Jill. “Our team is dedicated to providing reliable, trustworthy pet care while offering peace of mind to pet owners in our community.” Jill meets every pet’s need, making her a pet hero!