About Us

Our Story

 

We are the Taylor family. We moved to Holly Springs from Iowa 8 years ago.
Our family now includes 8 children and over the years we have owned and
cared for dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, turtles, rabbits, and geckos.

Carolina Pet Angels began in 2013.  As we grew we added pet sitting and dog walking staff.  We decided from the start that our staff would be employees and not independent contractors so that we could better ensure high standards of training, quality and accountability. Rest assured that each employee has passed a thorough interview process and background screening.  We only hire individuals we find completely competent and trustworthy to care for our own pets while we are away.

Meet the Taylors

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

I am husband to Linda Kay and father to 8 wonderful children.  I grew up on an Iowa farm around cows, dogs and cats.  I was an active member in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H, in which I showed cattle at the county fair.   Being as we lived 12 miles outside of town, much of my time was spent playing with and caring for the animals on our farm.

After graduating from high school, I went on to earn a Bachelar’s Degree in
Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Masters of Business
Administration from St Ambrose University, and a Systems Engineering
Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I’ve been
employed by John Deere for the past 27 years, starting in Engineering and
now in Program Management.

My favorite pet currently is my miniature dachshund which my family gave me one Father’s Day a few years back.  He has become one of the family and is currently at my feet licking my toes as I write this.  My wife and I have encouraged our kids to love animals.  The latest additions to our family are two adorable rabbits for our girls.

Linda Kay Taylor

Linda Kay Taylor

I am an animal lover since my childhood.  I grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa.  When I was five my grandpa and grandma gave me my first two cats, Blackie and Winnie.  Then  my grandpa “gave” me a horse he had broke, named Pal.  My dad really did the feeding and care but I was able to bridle and put the blanket and saddle on all by myself while standing on the livestock chute.  Needless to say, Pal was a very calm horse.  Chores on the farm taught me a lot about caring for animals.

My college years were spent at Iowa State University.  I studied Zoology for three years.  During this time I was a lab assistant in the Entomology department.  The research was on the cold hardiness of Lyme disease.  This gave me the opportunity to work with mice, rabbits, mosquitoes and ticks.  Strangely I can say I learned to raise bugs and ticks.

Since marrying Mark and having eight kids, I still enjoy having animals in my life.  As a family we have many and varied animals in our home.  Each is a part of our family and has added something special.  I can not imagine life without our furry, feathery and scaly family members. I look forward to caring for your pets while you are away.

Meet our Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers

Mary G.

Mary G.

I have lived in Holly Springs for three years with my husband and two children. As a child, I was always fascinated by animals but was not allowed to have a pet of my own. In high school, my mother finally allowed me to get a cat. He was a tuxedo long hair bundle of cuteness and I named him Winston. Since then, I have never been without a cat or dog. Right now, we have a three-year-old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Finnigan. I enjoy walking him, playing in the yard and teaching him new tricks. In my years before having children, I worked in marketing and fundraising, including a year at the SPCA of Wake County. In addition to being a mom, I enjoy volunteering for PTA and Girl Scouts, crafts, and travel. I look forward to spending time with your pets and taking great care of them.

Debbie L.

Debbie L.

I grew up on Long Island, NY, in a family of 6 kids and a multitude of dogs, hamsters, fish and birds. I attended Boston University, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. I remained in Boston for 8 years after graduation and worked in a hospital there. While there, I married my wonderful husband and we welcomed two fabulous children into our family. We moved to NC in 1997 and fell in love with the area and the people here. We have had many pets in our household over the years: bunnies, fish, guinea pigs, and dogs. We currently have two precious dogs and a 75 gallon fish tank. I have been volunteering at the Wake County SPCA since 2011 and enjoy working with the puppies and bunnies there!  I also enjoy long walks along our numerous greenways, attending sporting events, and doing home improvement projects. I am so excited to get to know and love your pets. I promise to care for them with just as much love and devotion as I do my own pets.

Stephanie S.

Stephanie S.

Originally from Texas, I grew up always surrounded by animals and honoring pets as a part of the family.  Some of my first jobs growing up were watching my neighbor’s pets and children. My family and I moved to Holly Springs in December of 2012. I live with my husband, son and daughter, our 3 rescue dogs; a lab named Jett, a chi/papillion mix named Charlie and a yorkie/schnauzer mix named Dixie and some fish, frogs and turtles- I’ll spare you all of their names!  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching football, being outdoors and just spending time with my family. I am a special needs preschool teacher by day and also stay busy with my kids’ activities. Taking care of children and animals is so rewarding and truly where my heart is, so I’m excited to be part of the Carolina Pet Angels team! I look forward to meeting you and caring for your family’s pets.

Karen P.

Karen P.

I was born in Lynchburg, Va but have lived in the Raleigh area since 1990 with the exception of 3 years at UNC-Greensboro where I received a BA in Psychology. My family and I moved to the Holly Springs area in 2014 after living outside of Garner for 11 years. I grew up around dogs and cats and a variety of other animals including fish, hermit crabs, gerbils, birds and a rabbit. I have always had dogs in my life and currently have 3 of my own. I have been a dog obedience trainer since 2004. Currently, I conduct private lessons in the owner’s home and am working towards becoming a Therapy Dog Instructor/Evaluator. In my spare time, I like enjoy a good baseball game, spending time with my family, gardening, and anything Star Wars. My full-time job is administrative so I try to get outdoors as much as possible during the Spring-Fall months. Being a part of Carolina Pet Angels will give me more opportunity to do that while caring for others’ pets.

Cathleen B.

Cathleen B.

I have lived in Holly Springs for 18 years with my husband and two children. I’ve loved animals all my life and am passionate about animal rescue. I currently have one dog, Kira, two cats, Roxanne and Josephine, and a bearded dragon named Zeeke. I am currently the receptionist at an elementary school but worked previously at Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. I have a Bachelors or Arts in History from UNC-Asheville and I love art, history and literature. My favorite pastime is reading. I love walking Kira, spending time outside, and going to the movies. I also enjoy volunteering at Cat Angels Pet Adoptions in Raleigh. I look forward to helping take care of your family’s pets!

Tracy B.

Tracy B.

I moved to Holly Springs seven years ago from Greenville, NC with my husband and two children, a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. I’ve always loved animals and grew up wanting to be around them. Unfortunately, my brother had such severe allergies that we were not able to have pets growing up. Once I moved out on my own I adopted my first cat and have surrounded myself with animals ever since. Our fur family currently consists of our 10-year-old rescue, Kody, our 2-year-old Pit Lab mix, Luna, three cats and my 24-year-old horse, Dandy. When I’m not working at my day job as a claims representative at a radiology firm I enjoy pretty much anything that gets me outdoors. I try to spend time with my horse daily and also enjoy hiking, kayaking and reading. In my spare time, I also volunteer at a local farm animal refuge. It may have taken me longer than some to find my passion but I truly believe I have found mine in animals.