As the pet-care industry grows, it is important that pet owners are more prudent than ever when selecting a pet sitter. Our pet care team can give the best care for your pets. Have the peace of mind that comes from using an educated, responsible pet care provider that will provide special attention to your pets unique needs.

Rhonda

– CAS Founder / Pet & Horse Care Pro

Rhonda Brown founded Custom Animal Services pet care team in 2002. Rhonda worked for both La Plata Animal Clinic and Riverview Animal Hospital for a combined total of nine years. Rhonda received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1994.

Immediately after graduation Rhonda relocated to Durango where she has resided since. In addition to extensive medical small animal experience, Rhonda has owned, competed, and cared for horses since she was ten years old.

Rhonda enjoys spending time with her daughter Alli, her horse Bud, Calli her rescue dog and Coffee an adopted cat. Rhonda loves working with all types of animals and has cared for a wide variety of large & small animals, including exotics.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“Of all the wonderful people I’ve come across in my life, I don’t believe any of them could exceed Rhonda’s deep commitment to excellence and responsibility in dealing with the care of our animals. Rhonda’s desire to start Custom Animal Services was a perfect fit for her as well as a necessary link for those of us who love our animals so, that we find it difficult to leave them. Rhonda’s constant involvement with animals, as well as her many years of working in veterinary clinics give me all the comfort and reassurance necessary to leave my animals in her care. When I want to leave home and simply not worry about anything at all, I call Custom Animal Services.”

Alison

– CAS Pet, Horse & Farm Care Pro

Alison is a Colorado Native and lifelong animal lover. She started showing horses at the age of 6, and continued through high school. Alison moved to the Durango area in 1977 to attend Fort Lewis, and fell in love with the area.

During College she managed a local Arabian Show Horse barn. After receiving degrees in Accounting and Business Administration she realized that she could not sit behind a desk for a living. Alison started working for a local kennel and managed it for 15 years. During this time she pursued dog training and showing. She showed her own dogs through breed ring, obedience and on through Shutzhund training, which led to some Search and Rescue training. She has been training dogs for 26 years and currently works with people to train their dogs for upland bird hunting.

In 1992 Alison and her husband opened a commercial hunting preserve for upland gamebirds, where we offer hunting opportunities and repopulation efforts throughout the county. Our current menagerie of pets includes: 3 dogs, 3 cats, a cockatiel, 2 horses, a small herd of Corriente cattle, and 2 teenagers.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“Alison is so wonderful with my cats.  I always feel that they are getting the best of care when we leave town.”

Suzie

– CAS Pet Care Pro

Suzie has been caring for animals her whole life. In 1991 she decided to make it her career as well as personal life. She spent the next 22 years working in Veterinary Medicine as a Veterinary Technician. She has had a very diverse career working in Clinical, Emergency, and Research hospitals. In June of 2000 a clinic where she was working was featured in Veterinary Economics as a Hospital of Excellence.

Suzie moved to Durango in February of 2012 from the Fort Worth area. She is truly enjoying Durango and spends as much time outside as possible. She lives with her fiance Jason, his mom, and our wonderful fur family, Derby an American Dingo, PD a short haired dachshund mix, and Doodles a long haired dachshund mix. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, skiing, and any other fun activity that comes her way.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“We love and appreciate Custom Animal Services.  Suzie takes great care of our two dogs, and sends us adorable pictures so we know they are doing well while we are gone.  We can’t always take our dogs with us when we leave town, and Custom Animal Services takes the stress out of the process.  Thank you!”

“Suzie pays attention to the details of care for each animal and takes care of them just as I do.  No worries!  Thanks!”

“Suzie did a great job with all our animals.  She kept us informed on a daily basis and gave the impression she really cared about our pets. I would recommend her to any of our friends.”

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Lauren

– CAS Pet Care Pro

Lauren grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has always loved animals. Over the years she has had many dogs, cats, birds, and a spotted leopard gecko. After graduating Denison University, Lauren traveled the world for 8 months, including volunteer work in Africa and Nepal. In 2010, she moved to Evergreen, Colorado to work for a travel company and an online education company.

Lauren moved to Durango in 2011 to continue working as an online educational researcher. She recently adopted Takoda, a rescue from Farmington. Luckily he is a very athletic dog that can keep up with her hiking, trail running and stand up paddling.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“Lauren was excellent! I appreciated that she came over ahead of time and met the animals, etc.  Service was great!”

“Lauren was amazing… kept us in the loop daily with pictures… she was so sweet with them, they LOVED her!!”

“Polite and professional.  Lauren texted me photos of my pets and let me know all was well!”

Pam

– CAS Pet Care Pro
Pam was born in El Paso, Texas as a child of Army parents. She spent a good portion of her youth overseas. She graduated Tarleton State University A & M with a biology degree in 1983. She received her Physical Therapy Degree from Texas Tech University in 1985. Initially, she worked in rehabilitation but found her true passion providing home health care in Dallas, Texas specializing in Orthopedics.

In 1993 Pam married the grandson of one of her patients, Greg. They traveled extensively overseas but kept visiting Durango area for 25 years with their assortment of dogs. Greg and Pam have rescued and/or adopted 18 mostly boxers and bulldogs, with a lab, mixed breed and poodle thrown in for good measure, over the past 24 years. They both continue their volunteer work and support of Legacy Boxer Rescue in Dallas in a variety of ways. Pam has a long history of volunteering for various other animal rescues and youth organizations.

In December of 2016 Pam and Greg decided it was time to sell everything and move to Durango for good and have never looked back. Currently, they are building a home in Hermosa where they will reside with their two dogs, Boxers Sheeba and Suri.

Some interests of Pam’s include meeting new friends and fur friends of all kinds, riding her Heritage Softail Classic Harley Davidson and any outdoor activities.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“Pam responded to a last minute dog adoption with medical needs.  Pam was above excellent.  My dog is a happy healthy pup!”

Edit

– CAS Pet, Horse & Farm Care Pro

Edit Aquarian was born and raised on a Hungarian homestead farm where she learned about animal-care, animal-husbandry, and basic veterinarian skills. She moved to the Hawaiian Islands in 1996 and started a family on the island of Maui. Living on the island allowed Edit to volunteer regularly at the Ocean Center and the Green Sea Turtle Refuge. After completing her bachelors degree in Montessori Education, Edit worked at both of the Montessori schools with the goal of bringing animal care (for smaller animals) and gardening into their curriculum.

After spending 16 years on the island of Maui, Edit and her family of 7 relocated to Durango during the fall of 2012. The family reestablished and expanded their homestead farm by creating a nonprofit organization called the Veterans Homestead Project. Edit is the project manager of the non-profit as well as the on-farm instructor. Edit and her partner work to teach disabled combat veterans, who struggle with PTSD, all the necessary skills of a self sustainable life style through farming and animal care. Her and her family have a herd of Navajo churro sheep, milking goats, pasture raised heritage pigs, a flock of egglayers, broilers, turkeys and two horses. Hungarian livestock guard dogs (made up of komondors and one border collie named Tango) serve as the protectors of her family and their animals.

Edit loves her life on the her family homestead. She especially enjoys connecting with not only her family but her animals on a daily bases. She does not see having animals as a chore but as an ongoing learning experience and loves them all with her whole heart.

Catherine

– CAS Pet & Horse Care Pro

Born in Seattle, Catherine has been an animal lover since day one. She moved to Durango after falling in love with the area when the eldest of her two sons attended Fort Lewis College. Catherine is an avid hiker and always loves canine company.

Her professional career with horses started in middle school when she would ride sale horses at hunter jumper shows. Her passion for horses has taken her from a horse crazy girl to barn management and trainer. While horses are her first love, she enjoys all animals and has a wide variety of experience with all types of animals, both large and small.

Catherine balances her time outdoors enjoying horses, dogs and hiking, with a love of good books and French cooking.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“Catherine is an amazing soul!!  My dog and I are so very happy with the TLC she provides!!”

“Catherine is warm and caring.  She takes great care of my cats, they are so relaxed and happy when we get home from trips.  She also checks to make sure that we have successfully returned from our trip, which is reassuring!”

“Catherine, simply said, is a wonderful person!  Always a job well done!”

Tammy

– CAS Pet Care Pro

Tammy brings an immense amount of animal related experience to Custom Animal Services. She has cared for every type of animal from mice to birds to pot bellied pigs, in addition to the more usual critters like dogs, cats and horses. Tammy has over six years experience house and pet sitting and says she, “loves all animals”. In addition, she worked for a dog trainer for six years in Redding, California which involved everything from housesitting an entire boarding kennel of dogs, to assisting in training classes and grooming.

Tammy moved to Durango in 2006 and married her husband Tommy in 2008. They have three dogs of their own, Biscuit, Milo and Lee in addition to a cat named Clyde and two Nubian Goats.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“The service is first class! Beyond expectations. The dogs love you. Easy to reach and prompt. Will use again and again and will recommend.”

“Tammy did a wonderful job. I have high expectations and they were happily met!”

Mary

– CAS Pet Care Pro (Seasonal)

Mary has an extensive background in animal care. She has three grown children, one grandchild and has helped care for their variety of animals including dogs, cats, rats, snakes, fish, chickens and parrots. She has over six years experience in pet sitting, has worked with special needs animals and is familiar with giving a variety of medications.

Mary currently has a Cockatoo, Angel who adores her Grandson and children in general. Angel enjoyed a six week trip through Idaho, Oregon and California in a 19 foot trailer with Mary and her husband, Steve.

SOME HAPPY TALES FROM CLIENTS:

“My expectations were exceeded-it was so nice not to worry on vacation. Mary did a great job and I will ask for her in the future!”

“My plants looked great and my dogs were happy. My expectations were exceeded”.

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