Every day dogs rush into the doors of Pawtropolis, never looking back at their owners. They are excited and absolutely love being here. Owners tell us that the dogs know the way to Pawtropolis and start going crazy when the make the turn onto our road. Why is this? Well, though the paw prints on the walls are cute and the floors always get cleaned and sanitized and we have a catchy name...it's the employees of Pawtropolis that create an environment that brings the dogs in, tails wagging, every time. We thought you would like a chance to meet the team that are many of your dogs' best friends.
Just who is taking care of your pets?
All animal caretakers are required to complete the Pawtropolis Training Program. This program is designed to help them learn about animal care, dog behavior, pack behavior, emergency procedures, discipline procedures and more.
Because the health of your pets is of up most concern, we also encourage employees to participate in the American Pet First Aid Class. This class goes into far more details than our program here. It even offers participants a chance to practice CPR on dummy dogs. This is an amazing program that is also offered to the public. We have a large percentage of our staff that are Red Cross Pet First Aid certified.
After obtaining a degree from the University of Georgia, Amanda began the process of opening Pawtropolis. Her dream came true grand opening day December 1st, 2001. John came on board full time after they got married in 2008 and has become an invaluable asset to Pawtropolis. They welcomed daughter Evelyn July 2012 and twins Grayson and Lydia September 2014.
Amanda has been doing training and competitive obedience since age 15. She continues to do obedience, placing multiple titles on her own dogs as well as others she trains. Her training style is to incorporate and learn about as many techniques as she can so that she can find what will work best for each individual dog. Rescuing a dominant dog with aggression problems herself, Amanda has a special love for dogs with behavioral problems. This "aggressive" dog became the sweet lovable Dalmatian Tyler that before passing away greeted everyone at the door of Pawtropolis.
Amanda & Pawtropolis are industry leaders, using her over 22 years experience to create one of the top doggie daycares around. Many doggie daycares are run by people that have tried various other business ventures and think, "this would be fun." Amanda on the other hand had Pawtropolis as her goal from the very beginning. Unlike many facilities, Pawtropolis focuses strongly on educating staff on dog and pack behavior. They're not just thrown into playgroups and told to supervise. Staff receive over 20 training shifts and even then can only supervise under the leadership of another staff member. Knowing dog behavior like they do, Pawtropolis animal caretakers ensure the safest playgroups possible. Amanda even gets paid to consult other kennels all over the United States. She wants to use her expertise to help other doggie daycare owners be successful and keep all dogs safe. Take a look at her consulting services here: www.doggiedaycareconsulting.com.
Amanda currently owns two rescue dogs; Heidi (Chihuahua) and Jersey (standard poodle.) Her current dogs have ranked as high as the top 5 in their breeds. Her Chihuahua was even invited to compete in the American Kennel Club Invitationals in 2013. Amanda had obtained over 45 obedience and agility titles but prides herself most in the work she does in rehabiliting and rehoming the dogs of Helping Paws Rescue. Visit Amanda's Dogs in Competition page to see fun videos of her dogs competing.
Sara Beth has worked with companion pets for more than 15 years and has been involved with Pawtropolis in one capacity or another for the majority of the last 10 years. Along the way, she earned BSAs in Avian Biology and Biological Science and a PhD in Avian Biology. She is delighted to return to a full-time career where she gets to spend every day with well-loved pets.
She has been training her personal and foster dogs for more than 10 years and in recent years started training clients and their dogs. She is a trainer at heart and enjoys working with dogs in playgroups, talking to their owners about everything we are doing to enrich their dogs’ lives, and training other animal caretakers how to successfully manage playgroups.She currently teaches agility classes at Canine Capers Agility Club and has plans to teach some trick dog workshops at Pawtropolis. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More with Your Dog. She is always expanding her understanding of animal behavior and training by reading books and articles, listening to podcasts, and attending seminars.
Sara Beth lives in Atlanta with her husband Andrew and 3 rescue dogs Bailey, Icey (adopted from Helping Paws Rescue in 2008!), and Nimbus. She enjoys training all of them for a variety of activities and has earned agility, coursing, and trick dog titles on all 3 dogs and CGC, advanced CGC, and therapy dog certifications with Icey. Bailey and Icey have mostly retired from canine sports while Nimbus trains for agility, disc, tricks, and dock diving (and anything else that he can convince Sara Beth to try!). Every day is an exciting new adventure with Nimbus!
Sara Beth's philosophy is that animal ownership should be a fun and enriching experience for humans and animals alike. She considers it a privilege to work at Pawtropolis and help owners provide the best care possible for their pets.
Tara was actually friends with Amanda prior to working at Pawtropolis. She is a fellow dog agility addict. Her 9.5 year old pug, Paqui, has multiple accomplishments, including two MACH titles (Master Agility Champion), participation in the AKC Invitational for the past three years (which is only open to the top 5 dogs of each breed), and she has ranked among the top five in Pug Club for four years! She's earned not only several AKC agility titles but USDAA as well. Her 10.5 year old pug Gavin was the top agility pug in Jumpers in 2014! Her third pug, Bonnie, tends to act more like a pug than her siblings and prefers to lounge around and cheer from the sidelines. Tara also has one non-pug, Emmy, who has multiple agility titles!
Tara has always loved working with the "pack" at Pawtropolis, and since she became our Kennel Manager, she has been able to mold our staff to match her enthusiasm. She loves to work with our more insecure daycare dogs and she does everything she can to make sure that each dog trusts her and feels comfortable in the environment.Dogs aren't her only passion, Tara graduated from Berry College in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish. She's taught Spanish at Cedar Shoals High School for a few years. However, her passion for dogs and Pawtropolis has made the Kennel Manager position perfect for her.
Bonnie worked at Pawtropolis back in 2006 while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Biology at UGA. In 2007, she took a break from work to focus on her studies and worked as a Research Professional in a conservation genetics lab after graduation. She returned to us in the fall of 2014 and took no time fitting back in and being anobvious leader. She became the Eastside KennelManager fall of 2016.
Bonnie grew up around all types of animals and she has always felt a strong connection with dogs and horses. She competed in eventing with her horses until moving to Athens for college and plans to return to riding in the near future. Bonnie owns a small farm in Madison county where she and her partner, Mike live with their four dogs, Odin (an aussie mix), Hope (a yellow lab), Wookie (a chihuahua mix) and Flower (a husky), four cats and six chickens. She is very passionate about animal rescue, taking an active role in Helping Paws Rescue. Bonnie loves working at Pawtropolis because everyday is an opportunity to learn more about dog behavior.
Bonnie is never satisfied with her level of animal training. She constantly looks for opportunities to continue her education in dog behavior, dog handling techniques, dog and cat care, and more. She is certified in Pet First Aid, she is a Certified Professional Animal Care Provider from the Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC) and, most recently, was cerfified at the Silver level for Low Stress Handling®. Both Pawtropolis and the animals in our care are better off having Bonnie as part of our leadership team!
Shane has been working at Pawtropolis since 2007. He received his Dog Obedience Trainer accreditation from Animal Behavior College in 2009. His passion is dog behavior and enjoys working especially with the dogs in playgroups that have challenging temperaments. Shane also likes working with new staff, teaching them how to appropriately manage playgroups, keeping everyone safe and happy. He teaches the Companion Skills training class and offers private lessons as well. A man of many talents, Shane also helps owner John to keep the facilities in tip-top shape.Being with Pawtropolis for other 10 years, Shane takes ownership in all that goes on at both facilities. The owners count on him to ensure the animals are being cared for to the highest standards and that the clients are receiving amazing customer service. Shane embodies what the Pawtropolis level of customer service is all about. Pawtropolis is definitely made better having Shane as part of the management team.
He has two daughters, Arianna and Alexa and enjoys spending time with them as well. He is pictured here with his dog, Phoenix. He also owns a Golden Retriever named Leo. His favorite things include: training dogs (of course), relaxing in a hammock, and napping in a hammock :-)
After Amber graduated from college we were afraid we had lost her to a new career. Fortunately she decided that Pawtropolis is where she wanted to be. Amber became our Westside Front Office Administrator in the fall of 2015. She helps to ensure we are always providing the highest level of customer service possible and makes sure the front office staff has everything they need to effectively work. She fit into that position so well, we decided to promote her to our Office Manager in the fall of 2016!
In May of 2016, Amber married her long-time Pawtropolis co-worker, Daniel. In October of the same year, they welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl by the name of Amelia Kenzlee. We couldn’t be happier to add to our Pawtropolis family!She is pictured here with one ofher dogs Jasper. He is a big goofy lovable lab. She also has a feisty westie named Dixie and her new husband came with a handsome pitt mix named Tonka! Amber has really enjoyed learning as much as she can about dogs and dog behavior. She is definitely an asset to the Pawtropolis staff and we hope to have her as part of the team for years to come.
Ashley originally started with Pawtropolis in August of 2012 and has been here for most of the last 6+ years. We thought we’d lost her forever when she moved out of state last summer, but fortunately that wasn’t the case. In January of 2019, Ashley rejoined our team as a “Manager in Training” and is learning all about the ins-and-outs of Pawtropolis. In addition to her years of experience in animal care and playgroup management with Pawtropolis, she has worked in the shelter system as a caretaker, in small animal and emergency practices as a vet assistant with dogs, cats, and exotics, and as a caretaker at another daycare. She’s volunteered countless hours with local rescues and serves as a foster home for Helping Paws Rescue and Circle of Friends. She’s definitely qualified!
We are delighted that Ashley has embraced the opportunity to expand her career with Pawtropolis. In her own words, “I am excited to be able to grow and have this as more a career that I love instead of just a job I love. I've always loved working with the dogs and figuring out what works best with the "difficult" dogs. I love developing personal relationships with dogs and clients. I really look forward to learning more about what goes on in the managerial side of Pawtropolis and being able to help with more decision making. I can't wait to see what the future holds for myself as well as Pawtropolis.” In her new position, Ashley will be spending more time around the front desk than working in the back with your dogs, but don’t worry! Your dogs will still get to spend some time with Ashley in playgroups at both locations as well as Concierge and the Puppy Program at the Eastside.
When Ashley isn’t at Pawtropolis, you can find her spending time with her personal animals - Lilli (cattledog mix), Sawyer (lab mix), Deino (husky), Mr. Hat (cat), and Betsy (cat). She hopes to one day add a leonberger, pomeranian, or a few more huskies to her pack :)
Stephen grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with his older brother and twin sister. Growing up, they always had pets, including ducks, a Cocker Spaniel, a Lab mix, two Yorkies, and a Bullmastiff named Celle. Stephen and Celle grew up together, nurturing his passion for large breed dogs. When he was older, he graduated from Stetson University in Deland, FL in 2010. He studied Classical Guitar and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Technology. Stephen has always had two loves in his life: music and dogs. When he had moved to Athens and adopted a puppy, and then another dog had found its way into his home, Stephen knew he wanted to find a job where he could spoil them! He wanted to be able to spend as much time with his two pups as possible, and Pawtropolis was the perfect opportunity!
Stephen’s favorite thing about working at Pawtropolis is that he gets to hang out with dogs all day, especially his own! He says he has learned so much in the year he has been here with us, from breed specific behaviors and reading body language to training techniques that he has always been interested in. Today, Stephen and his girlfriend have two pups, a Border Collie mix named Orwell and a Pit/Beagle mix named Margot, and a grey Tabby cat named Huxley. They are also in the process of adopting their first foster dog, Nellie, a sweet, three-legged Akita mix!
Stephen is also consistently pursuing his other love: music! Outside of working at Pawtropolis, he enjoys writing and recording his own original songs. He is also in a band called Roadkill Ghost Choir, and has visited 44 states touring with them! They even played on the Late Show with David Letterman! In his spare time, he enjoys board games, taking trips to Disney World with his girlfriend, and anything Star Wars related. In the future, Stephen hopes to write music for television and film while also working and volunteering with dogs as much as possible. Stephen has been a great asset to our team, and we hope to have him around for quite a while!
Billy joined the Pawtropolis crew just this year in May. Already he is proving himself to be a wonderful addition with his laid-back personality and upbeat attitude! The dogs respond very well to him (even though he is a guy!), especially our German Shepherd clients, which Billy has a natural affinity for! He has his own GSD named Apollo, who facilitated his love for the breed.
He is a sophomore at the University of North Georgia and is in their Pre-Vet program. When he needed work, his passion for dogs made Pawtropolis the obvious choice. His favorite part of the job is supervising playgroups, where he spends his time getting to know each dog personally and making sure that they are comfortable with him. His favorite dogs to see include Kaiser, a German Shepherd, and Max, a Border Collie. He is pictured here with Portia and Max!.When he isn’t spending time working with the shepherds and border collies in daycare, Billy enjoys playing basketball with his friends (which isn’t surprising since he’s so tall!) and watching Netflix.
We couldn't be happier to have Hannah on our team! She grew up in Jackson County where her parents owned a lot of land that she had a blast exploring with her younger siblings. She was active in the Future Farmers of America group at her school and she was always surrounded by animals at home. She showed goats (Lugnut and Benji) and raised honeybees with her parents. She also had a pony named Spot, a German Shepherd named Rover, and two beagles named Roscoe and Lily. Now, Hannah and her fiance have seven dogs as well as two horses, three cats, and two fish, so they have quite the farm. She is interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician or maybe a veterinarian with her own large and small animal veterinary clinic, but for now she is ecstatic to stay with us at Pawtropolis.
Hannah has been a wonderful addition to our team at Pawtropolis! She is kind and encouraging to everyone, very organized and detail oriented, and has so much love for companion pets. It's no surprise that she is a Shift Leader and Staff Trainer in addition to an Animal Caretaker. She has loved her experiences here, and when asked what she loves about her job, she said: “I enjoy working at Pawtropolis because I get the opportunity to work with many different breeds of dogs and behaviors. I enjoy working with dogs that need assistance with a certain behavior and seeing the progress they make as we work with them. I also enjoy seeing the clients excitement as they watch the progress their dog makes through the effort everyone is putting in. I also enjoy the fact that it is locally owned. I really encourage and support entrepreneurs. I enjoy being able to help a local business thrive and getting to personally know the owner. I also enjoy my co-workers. We are all so supportive of each other and they are always willing to lend a hand if someone needs it.”
Lili grew up with a bunch of animals (including cats, dogs, a bunny, a horse, and chickens) and has her focus on becoming a Veterinarian after finishing college. To gain more knowledge and experience working with well-loved pets, Lili decided to join the Pawtropolis pack in August of 2016 right after she graduated from High School! Even though Pawtropolis is Lili’s very first job, she has quickly worked her way up from PAW crew, to Animal Caretaker, and now is trained as one of our awesome Shift Leaders.
Throughout her time working with us, Lili has found that she has a lot of favorite things about Pawtropolis. On top of being able to bring her handsome mini Austrailian Shepherd, Scooter, to play with his Tiny Tot pals, and her sweet Rottweiler, Dyna, to play with her Rowdy Rover friends, Lili said “I really like getting to learn about different breed characteristics and getting to know each dog’s personality, since they are all so different. I also like working with our especially nervous dogs or those with handler issues. It’s a great feeling to earn the trust of shy dogs.”
If Lili isn’t hanging out in Athens or Atlanta with Scooter and Dyna, you can always find her watching Marvel movies with her boyfriend, practicing piano and guitar, or working out at the gym!
Alondra grew up in Acworth, Georgia with her brother and sister and joined the Pawtropolis team in September of 2016. Growing up, she unfortunately didn’t have any pets because of her father’s allergies, but she’s always had a love and connection with animals. As a child without personal pets she would spend a lot of time with the pets that belonged to her friends.
Alondra started off studying Women’s Studies at UGA but is now exploring new options in the field of animal care! Her goal is to one day open her own rescue! She first heard about Pawtropolis from her best friend and roommate, Dean, who at the time was working with us as a member of our Paw Crew. She figured that hanging out with dogs and cats sounded like a great job and great way to fill the void of not having any pets of her own. In April of 2017 Alondra adopted her first pet, a grey and white Tabby cat named Blaire and then in June of the same year she adopted a scruffy terrier named Trixie!
In Alondra’s spare time she enjoys snuggling up with Blaire and Trixie for naps, puzzling and watching The Office on repeat! She has seen the entire series more times than can be counted on one hand. Alondra also speaks both English and Spanish and enjoys volunteering to help both humans and animals alike.
Alondra has quickly become a very vital asset to the Pawtropolis team and we’re very happy to have her with us!
Alison has been with Pawtropolis since January '08. Alison grooms full-time at our Westside location. She was originally trained at the International Academy of Pet Design in Alpharetta, GA, but her real skills have developed over the past many years working with the dogs entrusted to her grooming care. She has experience with all breeds and does a wonderful job.
A testament to her relationship with both the dogs and the clients, Alison is booked out weeks in advance. She has established a base of regular cliental that she truly cares about (evening having someone drive 4 hours to bring their dog to her).
Despite her experience, Alison continues to educate herself in all things grooming. Every year she attends the Atlanta Pet Fair, attending workshops and seminars teaching her the latest and greatest grooming techniques. She is certified in pet first aid and cpr and is even an AKC Safety Cerified Groomer. Alison maintains her membership in the National Dog Groomers Association of America.
Alison has two amazing boys that share their home with dogs Ranger and Louie. She is pictures here with one of her many favorite grooming dogs Ollie. Alison has been a true blessing to both Pawtropolis is our clients. We hope to have her for another 10 years!
Lydia has been working as a caretaker at Pawtropolis since August of 2015. This was the perfect place for her based on her previous dog behavior experience (plus she was pretty excited to be able to bring her own pups to work)! She grew up with mostly purebred dogs, specifically Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. Lydia’s first own dog Annie, a chihuahua, knows every trick in the book: sit, down, spin, rollover, crawl, high five, fist bump, dig, sit pretty, stand, and wave! Not satisfied with simply trick training, Lydia entered into the Dog Show world, showing both of her family’s Swissies to Champion and Grand Champion titles over the years! Through the dog show world, she learned about all the different dog sports and participated in many: drafting, pack hiking, weight pulls (her pup Lola could pull over 3200lbs!) and lure coursing. Lydia also worked with a dog rescue, Mostly Mutts, for three years helping dogs with behavioral issues and teaching new volunteers how to train basic commands for the dogs.
When she finally made her way to Athens, Pawtropolis seemed the obvious choice for a job! Lydia quickly worked her way from Animal Caretaker to Shift Leader with all of her previous experience. She is one of our best staff trainers and we rely on her to bring our new staff up to the Pawtropolis standard! When asked what she loves about working at Pawtropolis, she answered: “I love working with young dogs, teenage pups, and puppies. It is always an interesting challenge helping them develop their personalities and play styles in an appropriate way. I also love working with dogs that have a hard time fitting into the daycare setting for the same reasons.”
Lydia owns three dogs of her own. She still has Annie, her beautiful eleven year old Chihuahua who she has deemed her “problem child” and who is the reason Lydia enjoys behavioral training. She has also since adopted a now three year old Collie/Golden Retriever/Stick Retriever mix named Elsa and a military rescue from overseas named Asha (a desert dog). Lydia and Asha have received their Canine Good Citizen, Canine Community title, Novice Trick Dog title, and are preparing for Asha to be a future therapy dog! Seeing as her whole life has revolved around dogs, Lydia’s dream is to become a well-respected dog trainer and she is very interested in service and guide dog training. She would also like to get into research on domestication of dogs and primitive breeds, like Canaan dogs. We are incredibly lucky to have Lydia on our staff and we hope to keep her forever!
Jamie joined the Pawtropolis Pack in July 2014 after she relocated to Athens from Pullman, Washington. She grew up in the outskirts of Seattle and then moved to eastern Washington to attend college. She graduated from the Washington State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and a minor in Film Studies.
Jamie came on board with a wonderful attitude and eagerness to learn. Her organizational skills and professionalism made her an obvious choice for both our Shift Leader and City Council positions. Her favorite part of working at Pawtropolis is working with the pitty bulls. She excels at behavior management and working with fearful dogs. Her love for the pitties isn’t just daycare based, she owns Cobalt and Xenon, both pit mixes. She also has a kitty with a case of torti-tude, named Jinger.
Joshua grew up in Oglethorpe County with his family, including a Chocolate Lab named Tori and a cat named Malachi. After high school, he moved closer to Atlanta and spent a couple years attending Georgia Tech and studying Computer Science before coming back to Athens with his cat Zuko to look for work. He knew that he loved animals so he decided to apply to work with us upon the recommendation of his roommate Billy (who also works for us!). Joshua has fallen in love with working with animals and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team!
He has really developed a love for figuring out dog behaviors and what works best with each dog individually. He spends his time making sure that every dog is taken care of to Pawtropolis standards and teaching the newer staff techniques to work with all of the different personalities that come through daycare. He also enjoys spending time with our boarding cats in Kitty City. Because of his friendly personality, welcoming nature, and computer skills, he was trained for our customer service position. Pawtropolis wouldn't be the same without his smiling face and skills at trouble shooting computer problems.
At westside, Shay will be one of the ones giving you and your dog a huge smile when you first walk in. She joined the Pawtropolis team back in August 2017 and made an immediate impact in playgroups with her positive attitude and attention to detail with the dogs.
Born and raised in Queens, New York she grew up with her childhood dog, Bullet the Rottweiler. She also fell in love with a neighbor’s dog, Spunky. From a young age she knew that working with dogs was a career route she wanted to take. She moved down to Georgia in 2007 and was ready to start looking for opportunities for school and work. She attended Georgia Gwinnett college in Lawrenceville and has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Her goal is to take her degree and love for dogs and combine the two and enroll in a police academy and work with K-9 unit or with vapor wake dogs.
Shay used to frequent the doggy spa at our Eastside location with her handsome 2 year old Lab/pit mix, Rocky. One day she asked Sara Beth if they were hiring and she just knew she needed to put in an application. Once she started, she immediately knew she was in the right place. Her favorite part about working at Pawtropolis is helping the nervous puppies become more comfortable with the staff and the daycare environment. She also loves working with the young puppies on manners and social etiquette. We are so happy to have such a caring and attentive worker in our midst.
Some fun facts about Shay: She was the first female wrester at her high school and wrestled in the 103 weight class. She is scared of any animal other than dogs. She is the oldest of 8 children (four boys and four girls, one being a fraternal twin brother). And, in her spare time she loves to run and play basketball.
She may not be the most talkative person you’ve met at Pawtropolis, but you won’t find many more people who are as knowledgeable on your dog as Trista Hunter. She joined the Pawtropolis team back in August of 2017, and with her close attention to detail and love for all dogs and an understanding of dog breeds has come into her own as one of our strongest workers.
Trista grew up, bouncing back and forth in Georgia and Tennessee while spending most of her time on her grandmother’s ranch. Her family raised Border Collies and Australian Shepherds growing up and she has spent a lot of time watching her grandparents train them to heard cattle and sheep. She is the oldest of 8 siblings. She spent some time in college studying criminal justice with the goal of becoming a park ranger, which she still hopes becomes a reality someday. While trying to figure out what she wanted to do she heard about Pawtropolis through some friends and with her extreme love for animals thought she would give it a shot. She fell in love with the job. Her favorite part of working at Pawtropolis is, of course, the dogs, which she makes sure get that extra attention and personal touch as if they were at home. She has two dogs name Sasha, who is a shepherd mix and Ms. Pupperton (aka pup pup), who is a lab mix, as well as two cats named Sushi and June Bug. All of her animals are rescues and she has a real affinity for animals in search of a home. We couldn’t be happier about Trista being a part of the Pawtropolis family.
Fun Facts: Trista LOVES tattoos and she loves taking Sasha hiking and letting her swim.
Meet Ansley. Ansley grew up in Oglethorpe, Georgia and graduated from Oglethorpe County High School. After high school, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to go back college but she knew she wanted to work with Animals. Ansley has 2 dogs, Marty the Pit mix and Charlie the Chihuahua, and she also has a cat named Arie.Ansley started at Pawtropolis in September of 2017. She has quickly moved her way up to becoming a Staff Trainer and a Shift Leader! She personally loves learning about dog behavior as much as possible. In Ansley’s spare time she enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family. Ansley has a great heart and a lot of love for the dogs in our facility. When a client needed to find a new home for their dog, Ansley drove all of the way to Tennessee to adopt him from the rescue he was returned to! Marty and Ansley are now inseparable!
Ansley is one of our hardest workers and always wears a smile. We hope to have her on the Pawtropolis team for a very long time!
As charismatic an employee you will see at the westside, Alex Zimmerman has been a member of our team since the Spring of 2018. She is always one to liven up conversation and loves talking with all of our wonderful clients
Alex is originally from Decatur, GA, but was raised in Oberlin, Ohio. She is one of three girls and she also has 3 brothers. Alex moved from Ohio to Georgia about three years ago to start a journey of her own, hoping to end up in Atlanta. She was sad to leave her beautiful yellow lab, Sarabi, and her black and white pitty, Lady Lumply Leany, but was excited for new opportunities. She has been enrolled in a couple of different schools, but is currently studying to be a vet tech. She also finished her bartending certification.
When she moved to Georgia she knew she wanted to do something with animals. She was originally commuting to Atlanta to work at a daycare there, but thought that she needed to be somewhere closer. A friend recommended Pawtropolis to her and when she toured, she was impressed and felt that this was the place she should be. Alex’s favorite part of working at Pawtropolis is getting to see all of the happy senior dogs, and the small cuddly tiny tots. She loves getting the older dogs excited and getting to see their youth again. She says they have the best personalities and are the most loving, but she really loves all of the dogs. Alex has a dog of her own. A beautiful fawn and white Staffordshire terrier girl named Ayame. Ayame loves her morning and evening walks. She also has a mischievous side to her and loves to snack on pens and remotes when her mom isn’t watching. We are so happy to have Alex as a part of our team!
Abby grew up in Oglethorpe, Georgia with two older brothers and two dogs. She graduated from Penn Foster High School and aspires to work in the animal care industry for her career!
Abby has two dogs, Paris the lab mix and Popper the dachshund mix. She also has a cat named Simba who she bottle fed when she rescued him at 2 weeks old! Abby loves working with animals and recently became pet first aid certified. Her favorite part about working for Pawtropolis is getting to know all of the dog’s individual personalities. This is her first position she has held where she gets to care for animals. In the future she would like to either work as a groomer or a vet. In Abby’s spare time she enjoys bowling, finding new trails to hike with her pups, and drawing!
Abby is great with all of the animals in our facility and has proved herself to be a vital part of the Pawtropolis team. We love having her and hope she will be with us for a while!
Meet Mariah. Mariah has been a dog groomer for 5 years now and can't imagine doing anything else. Grooming is so important to every pets' health/maintenance routine, which is why she loves being the person to make your pets look and feel their best. Each pet is so unique in terms of what it needs to feel comfortable and, she loves working with them teaching, and forming special bonds that ensure your fur babies will enjoy being groomed. From day one we could tell Mariah was going to fit right in with us at Pawtropolis. She has such a sweet spirit. She is equally kind iwth the staff and clients as she is with the dogs. Mariah is great communicating with clients, Her goal is to form relationships with clients so they can work together to keep their pets beautifully groomed and cleaned.
Mariah is pictured here with one of her clients Izzy.
Bio coming soon.