the best pet care service
We service the area from the University west out to and including Crozet.
We, at Purrfect Place for Pets would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best pet care service in the industry. We currently care for a wide variety of pets; mostly dogs and cats but also bunnies, birds, even chickens and peacocks for 90 + families in Charlottesville and Western Albemarle County.
We will also care for your home as if it was our own while you are away and leave detailed logs of your pets’ activities at each visit. We will communicate with you during your absence in any way that is comfortable for you to assure you peace of mind. Your pets will be happy and comfortable in their own environment, free from stress and exposure to other animals and possibly infectious diseases.
If your pets need medication, we will gladly administer them according to your instructions. Our team of independent contractors (above) are all experienced, recommended, insured, bonded and background checked to protect the safety and security of your pets and home as well.
Our Pet Care Professionals
Michele “Chella” Hagen lives in Ivy with her husband Alan and dog Corvidae. She moved to the area in 2015 for a job on an area estate caring for Friesian horses. Though she has left the horse world to focus on caring for area pets she volunteers at a therapeutic riding facility once a week that helps children with all ranges of behavioral, developmental and emotional issues.
Chella says, I have been told I am a bit ‘extra’ in regards to my own pet. I think that also carries over to the animals I take care of. I truly love my job and get very excited to see the same smiling faces weekly. They always give me a big welcome! Even if it’s a dog or cat that I haven’t seen in awhile because their people haven’t been away, they remember me and are just so happy it can’t help but brighten my day. What’s not to love about that?
Chella has been on the team since December of 2015 and also helps out with administrative tasks, scheduling, and team management several days a week.
Rosemary has lived in Charlottesville the majority of her life, and she has been working at Purrfect Place for Pets, on and off for several years. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg with a BA in Peacebuilding and Development. She then came back to Charlottesville to work at Region Ten as a Direct Support Professional for about a year. When that job ended, she decided to come back to Purrfect Place for Pets. She writes below:
Animals have been my passion since I was a little girl. I’ve always had several pets throughout my life, always cats. My cat family consists of three kitties: Kenny (10 years) and Bit (8 years). and Pixi about 8 months. Of course, I love dogs too. I’ve been pet sitting independently since I was a teenager around my neighborhood and for friends in other neighborhoods around the Western Albemarle area. I’ve taken care of all types of animals such as the typical dog and cat and also, farm animals such as chickens and llamas. I love every animal equally and treat them as my own. Any animal I take care of will be part of my family, no matter how long I take care of them. I hope to see y’all, both human and fuzzy animals, soon!
Belinda was born in Southern California, and spent most of her childhood moving around as a military brat. Her family settled in San Diego when she was 10 when her father retired from the Navy. She made her way to Charlottesville when she was 29 to pursue a Ph.D in economics at UVA.. She spent most of her time after graduating with a Masters, teaching and tutoring economics and mathematics. She came to Purrfect Place for Pets to supplement her income in a rich and rewarding way. She did not grow up with pets, despite her desire to have them, but had a dog (a Beagle) and a cat upon finishing school. Her dog, Lucy, and her cat, Buckley, have both passed on, but she now has a young cat (Rahab) that she loves very much. She has taken care of friends dogs and cats in the past. She writes below:
It is my pleasure to care for your pets at Purrfect Place for Pets. I can’t imagine a better use of my time than caring for pets. I approach every visit as though your pets are my own. I have a genuine love for animals and cannot wait to meet — or continue to care for — your pets.
Martha has been a lover of all things animal all her life as well as an advocate for animals of all kinds. She has been known to try to hand raise anything from baby birds, baby mice-you name it she has a weakness for baby animals.
After retiring from 39 years as a Clinical Microbiologist, she decided to spend some of her time doing what she loves second best (to spending time with her grandchildren) and joined the Purrfect Place for Pets team. She is often the care giver for friends and family pets when they travel. In her spare time she enjoys fostering cats and kittens and has been a foster care giver with the CASPCA and Caring for Creatures for over 20 years.
Danielle was born and raised in the Charlottesville area, and has lived most of her life hand in hand with animals. Much of her early life was spent in volunteer work for no-kill animal shelters around the area. After earning a certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa Canada, she returned home with a desire to work closely with animals while continuing to work towards her dream of opening a pet-friendly bakery. As a baker, Danielle’s pride and joy is seeing the smiles that her efforts put on the faces of her customers, and she brings that same goal to her work as a pet sitter.