We know what it feels like to struggle with both your pets emotions and your own, when it comes to leaving your best friend alone.

As a whole, pet parents have become more educated about pet care, we are more aware about what our pets need for a great quality of life. The benefits of having a personal pet sitter far outweighs those of putting your pet in a kennel.

Meet Our Sitters!

Stephanie is the owner and creator of Furball’s Choice. The company is based on her strong passion and connection with animals. One she has had since the young age of 5 years old “Which was when I had my first cat. I was responsible for helping my parents feed him, scoop his poop, and make sure he was well exercised”.   On top of having cared for her own pets and growing up with animals her entire life, Stephanie also possess the following experience with animals of all types. “This is my life long resume”.

Growing up in Barrie, Ontario her first job was on a horse farm specializing in training Western Pleasure & Gaming horses.  Starting from the ground up working as a groomer, mucking stalls, she soon found herself moving up to working along side her boss, training and riding young prospects.  In the past 10 years she has worked on farms that deal with Harness Racing, Private Show Barns, Circuit A Training Facilities & Boarding Facilities where animals require very specific diets and constant, attentive care.

Throughout her teenage years she donated her spare time to the local animal shelter (QHS), completed two co-op positions at the Quinte Humane Society and one co-op position at Loyalist Veterinary Hospital. After graduating High School she pursue her love of animals by accepting a job at PJ’s Pets. These years provided experience with a vast variety of animals including pocket animals, birds “The Sun Conure is my favourite.” aquatic life such as shrimp & fish, reptiles and even tarantulas. During this time Stephanie was also an approved foster home for Pet Finder.

Stephanie continued to keep her passion of working with animals alive by providing pet care services to local pet parents. In 2014 she was presented the opportunity to start her own business. When she was told there was an opportunity to combine her love of animals with providing a positive and much needed service to pet parents alike, she got started right away.   After graduating her Business Management Course at Loyalist, and her business plan receiving a stamp of approval, Furball’s Choice was born!

  • Stephanie is skilled in the administration of insulin injections, oral medication, and IC fluids, and loves caring for elderly pets, juvenile pets, pets with special health concerns & disabilities and has over a decades worth of experience providing such care.
  • She participates monthly in webinars to learn all she can about domesticated animal health.  She has extensive knowledge about different pet related diseases, illnesses and disabilities and how to treat them such as Degenerative Myelopathy, seizures, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis just to name a few.
  • Stephanie is a Pet First Aid Certified Instructor for Walks N Wags Pet First Aid.
  • Certified in Raw Pet Food knowledge and is a Certified Pet Nutritionist.
  • Furball’s Choice works with Fixed Fur Life, The Quinte Humane Society, Soi Dog (Canada & Thailand), Boxer Rescue Ontario and Home Again Rescue.
  • Furball’s Choice supports it’s community and others.  Our company has ran fundraisers for DM research and spearheaded the ‘Pack 4 Fort Mac’ in 2016 that sent thousands of pounds of pet food and items to animals affected by the Alberta Wildfires. We will never stop helping where we can.”.
  • Stephanie regularly participates in training classes & seminars withe her own dogs for fun and educational purposes. “Its one thing to be able to calmly control my own dogs in a positive way, I like to be current on general communication and training techniques that work with any dog I am socializing with.”

Stephanie is a loving mother to her 3 German Shepherds, 3 Cats, Goats, Chickens, Ducks, a Bearded Dragon & 3 beautiful horses Ebony, Champ & Willow. She is happy to offer service to any pet parent that needs it. Furball’s Choice was specifically designed with pet parents in mind, as she is one her self and it pushed her to turn a passion into a lifestyle and make the move to become a pet sitter – “Life is too short to not do what you love”.

Becky grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and relocated to the Quinte West area with her husband in 2016. Together they are the proud parents of their daughter Melanie, son Eric and their many Fur Babies which include two German Shepherd (Sasha and Atlas), a Labrador (Gus), 7 cats (Leo, Buster, Scarlett, Sienna, Thalia, Ella, Buddy), and a bearded dragon (Indy). In addition, Becky grew up with a wide variety pets and has always had a passion for animals.

At the age of 13 Becky began volunteering at her local animal shelter. Staff at the shelter quickly noticed her passion for the animals and her patients and ability to connect with the rescued stray dogs in the shelter. Her education to the job led to staff members recommending her to new adopters and from there Becky would go to homes to walk and pet sit new adopters pets.

  • Becky began working in pet retail in 2017 where she worked to build her knowledge in the pet industry.She has been recognized by many customers for her outstanding customer service skills. Becky takes pride in getting to know clients on a deeper more personal level.
  • Through the retail store, Becky was introduced to an organization called Fixed fur Life, a rescue organization for cats. Becky became a foster parents and volunteer. To date she has fostered over 50 cats and kittens, participated in multiple rescue operations, and volunteered at a number of fundraising events.
  • Something you may not know about Becky is that she is heavily involved in her local community. Taking part in many different fundraising events, rescues and non-profit organizations for both animal and human.

Becky has proven to be a great asset to the Furball’s Choice team.

Victoria. In 2012 she graduated from the St.Lawrence College Veterinary Assistant course with a 3.9 GPA! With this experience she learned how to:

  • Develop safe handling skills and learn how to perform physical examinations and treatments.
  • She was taught how to groom dogs under the supervision of a trained professional grooming instructor. And she also spent time in the lab learning surgical sup­port techniques and basic clinical laboratory procedures which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in domestic animals.
  • She was taught about animal health and disease, behaviour, handling and general care involving cats, dogs, exotic pets , wildlife and livestock.
  • Victoria is heavily involved in dog sports with her own animals, including but not limited to agility and Flyball.
  • Over the last year Victoria has taken a particularly keen interest in the Raw Pet Food side of Furball’s Choice and you will likely meet her during your time spent at our shop in the Sommerville Center in Belleville.

The drive that fueled her to pursue her post secondary study of animals started at the young age of 12. It was then that she received the first dog of her very own, a Jack Russel Terrier named Tiny.  She found out very quickly how active the breed was so once she was old enough they began training to compete in Flyball.  Victoria was 13 at the time “She was the best and lived for Flyball!” Victoria now has 3 dogs who compete heavily in Flaball, CJay, Tyson and Mya.

Recently Victoria’s love of animals has spread in the direction of pigs! 3 of them to be exact. “They are a challenging animal but are very sweet and they love to snuggle.” Rodd, Todd, Mister Piggy Smalls and her 3 dogs all live in blissful harmony under one woof.

Lindsay is the proud Mom of 2 very spoiled kitties Danny (pictured) & Axel. “Danny, I am not even sure if He knows he’s a cat.. I’m pretty sure he thinks he is a dog. We let him pretend he’s a dog”. Lindsay moved to the Quinte area in 2018 with her husband and furbabies to start on a new adventure!

Lindsay graduated from the Veterinarian Assistant program at Algonquin College with Honours. Lindsay’s completion of the Veterinarian Assistant program provided her with the following skills:

  • Develop safe handling skills and learn how to perform physical examinations and treatments.
  • She was taught how to groom dogs under the supervision of a trained professional grooming instructor.
  • She spent time in the lab learning surgical sup­port techniques and basic clinical laboratory procedures which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in domestic animals.
  • She was taught about animal health and disease, behaviour, handling and general care involving cats, dogs, exotic pets , wildlife and livestock.

From 2011 – 2013 she worked as a Veterinary Assistant and in 2013 she left that position to work alongside her parents and co-manage their very successful Dog & Cat Boarding Facility for the last 6 years. Her parents retirement and selling of the business brought Lindsay to the Belleville area and thus begins a new chapter in her life surrounded by animals.

Courtney grew up in the Kawartha Lakes area, and recently moved to Quinte West in 2019 after living in Alberta for ten years. Courtney has four children and two fur-babies; a six year old Frenchie named Stanley and a one year old Boston Terrier mix named Starla.

Growing up, Courtney had a wide variety of pets including dogs, cats, fish, mice, gerbils, snakes, and birds. As a kid, she even helped a local farmer care for and raise an orphan deer! Her family loved the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed, and was involved in show dogs and CKC hobby breeding as well.

This general love of animals drove Courtney to become involved with volunteering with an Albertan animal shelter called Tails to Tell first as a Volunteer Coordinator and then an Assistant Manager. She also became a foster mom to several dogs and cats, most with medical or behavioural needs. During this time, she was apart of a volunteer team who went to Slave Lake Alberta to assist and bring supplies to the animal rescue effort after the devastating forest fires in 2011.

Unfortunately, she eventually had to leave her volunteer position for a paid one – however, years later and after returning home to Ontario, Courtney decided to return to pet care as it was a service she truly loved to provide. “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life and I have been fortunate enough to find that vocation with Furballs Choice!” Thanks Courtney!

Katie Since Katie was a young girl, she has always had a passion for animals. Even after being bit by a dog when she was just 3, her love never faded.

Growing up in the Belleville area all her life, she knows all the best places to walk and sees many friendly faces along the way.  She started working in the pet industry in 2004 at Super Pet (what is now Pet Smart). She made friends with talking parrots, the store cat Goliath, and learned valuable knowledge about the care of many small animals. One day she was bit by a hedgehog and one of the employees came to help her, his name is Brad. Katie and Brad have been happily together since that day and have a 6 year old Lab-Beagle named Lila and an 11 year old Cat named Domino who is named after, you got it, Domino’s Pizza!

  • They have had bearded dragons, chameleons, rats and tons of different fish including a gigantic Pleco.
  • Katie has been involved in local community fundraisers such as the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon & Strut for Strays.
  • In her spare time she runs around collecting donations in the community to take them to  the Quinte Humane Society & Loyalist Humane Society.

When Katie isn’t working, she is busy constantly helping others, taking friends grocery shopping, helping out at her in-laws or other family members, or out enjoying walks with Lila. Anything to stay busy!

Angela grew up in Campbellford, Ontario and is 24 years old. She has always had a passion for three things; science, art and animals. She is a chemical technologist by trade, and will be going back to school in September to further her studies.

After three years of college, her goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Instrumental Sciences, and eventually work with polymers to help create more diverse biodegradable options for our planet. 

She loves working with animals, as it is very rewarding and so stress free, it could almost be considered a hobby rather than a job. She takes much pride in caring for animals and ensuring that they are happy and healthy. She loves all pets, but especially has a sweet spot for cats.

Currently, she is living with 6 cats, all of which are rescues – Smokey, Taz, Kali, Rory, Tippy, and JJ. In 2010, her families boxer Lucy had 9 puppies. It was not an easy task to take care of all those little cuties and distribute the attention they needed evenly! This is really the staple that began a long chain of events involving taking in animals and caring for them.

Living in Belleville in 2017, there were many stray cats around the area in which she lived. She opened her home to these strays, and did what she could to get them to the vet and have them cared for and fostered for the time being. A pregnant stray yielded 5 kittens, and they all turned out healthy and homed. After moving to Trenton, she now has plenty of cats to take care of and is still opening up her home to ones that may need it.

Our Promise To You

Trust, Quality & Security.

We treat our clients, their pets, and home with a standard of professionalism and care that is incomparable in our industry.  Furball’s Choice is continually working to set the bar high for pet sitting standards in our industry.

Our staff conduct each service with honesty and truthfulness. Providing our clients with honest feedback, and being open to honest feedback from our clients.  We humbly recognize that we can always do better through mutual feedback and communication.

Our company possesses insurance and liability coverage for your pets, home and property for the duration of our visits. We respect the trust our clients have placed in us to care for their most valuable possessions.

All staff are Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Certified with emergency contingencies in place to handle any emergency situation that may come our way, and the ability to safely and adequately care for any pets whom require medication or limited ability care.

Furball’s Choice is an active member of Professional Pet Sitters International, Veterinarian, Groomer & Rescue recommended for both Care Services & Natural Pet Products. There is a reason that Furball’s Choice is Quinte’s only multi-award winning Pet Care Service.  Voted Favourite Pet Care Service by the people of Belleville for 2016 and also awarded the title of Best New Business during the 2016 Quinte Business Achievement Awards.

At Furball’s Choice we believe the “Keys to Great Care” are:

  • Superior Customer Service: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, high-quality care and service.
  • Environment: Provide a clean, active, positive, enjoyable environment while providing professional and trusting service.
  • Convenience: Being mostly mobile, offering clients a wide range of services in their own personal environment specific for every animal type.
  • Location: We will come to you, making Furball’s Choice an easily accessible service for your convenience.
  • Reputation: Credibility, integrity, and 100% dedication, from more than a decade of experience and passion with animals.