MEET THE HUMANS
David started Pet Pals in 1994. Since then, he's made a lot of furry friends!
In addition to being avid animal lovers, our staff is always heavily involved in community activities, including mentoring programs, coaching youth sports, even judging the Town Day Dog Show.
The Pet Pals family is committed to the highest standards when it comes to caring for your pet.
David, Owner & Alpha Dog
Dave and his wife, Kristin, reside in Winchester with their three children, David Jr., Eliza, Mekhi and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks named Pax and Eli. Possibly the only person who likes all four seasons of New England weather, Dave started Pet Pals way back in 1994! In the few hours that Dave's not running Pet Pals, he plays lacrosse, hockey and basketball, snowboards and coaches youth lacrosse.
Susan, Office Manager
Susan grew up in Orlando, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida. She has been working with us since 2014! Currently living in Malden, she experienced her first winter while here at Pet Pals! When not at Pet Pals she enjoys being outdoors camping and hiking with her dog Zeus! Susan runs the office and handles all of the billing and scheduling here at Pet Pals.
Jenn was born in Salem, New Hampshire but currently lives in Groton Massachusetts. She attended Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire. She has grown up with 2 dogs--a Norwegian Elkhound named Frenchie and a Shiba Inu named Copper. She currently owns her own best fur friend named Nala. Her favorite hobbies include embroidery and hiking with her pup. Jenn's favorite thing about working with us is that the environment is like a family, dogs included. Jenn is the assistant office manager, helping Susan out in the office with scheduling.
Debbie is one of our two small dogs & puppies playgroup drivers! She was born in Boston, raised in Wakefield, and now resides in Stoneham. She's had several cats, including a Maine Coon. She has also owned a variety of dogs including a Rottweiler, Norwegian Elkhound, and her current pup Cash--a Lab/ Weimaraner mix. Debbie graduated WMHS and attended Umass Lowell to study business. When she is off the clock, she loves to swim. A fun fact about Deborah is that she can out-swim just about anyone.
Brandon has lived in the nearby town of North Andover his whole life. He has worked with us since 2014! Previously he worked in landscaping and catering. His favorite pastime is skateboarding! We love Brandon's sense of humor and the dogs love him too!
Heather (Jenn's sister!) was born in Salem, New Hampshire but now resides in Groton, Massachusetts. She grew up with 2 furry friends, a Norweigan ElkHound and a Shiba Inu. Currently she has 2 cats named Charlie and Navi. When she isn't driving our vans around she likes to play the piano, kayak and play video games. A cool fact about Heather, she trained to be a professional wrestler in the WWE!
Joe was born and raised in Revere, but currently lives in Woburn with his dogs Izzy & Arlo. He's been working with us here at Pet Pals since 2018! As someone who has a spontaneous sense of adventure, Joe loves taking the pups out on the town and also enjoys fixing anything with a motor! Joe studied Automotive at Northeast Metro Tech and worked as a mechanic for several years before joining Pet Pals. Joe is an absolute animal lover!!!
Vanessa was born in Medford, Massachusetts but currently resides in Woburn, Massachusetts. She has two dogs, one named Nikki who is the old lady of the pack and Savannah who's the baby, she also has a fish named Pongo! In her free time when she isn't spending her time hanging out in daycare with our dogs she loves the beach and swimming. The best part for her about being here at Pet Pals is the environment. She loves how everyone here is so welcoming and all share a love for the pups. One cool fact about Vanessa, she has an identical twin sister!
We are so happy to have Tara join our team! She grew up in Wakefield and now resides in Woburn and has a lot of experience working with dogs. Before being a part of our crew she went to Northeast Metro Technical school to study cosmetology. She even has her cosmetology license! Tara has had all sorts of pets including but not limited to dogs, cats, and bunnies. In her free time when she isn't at our daycare she loves to kayak, hike, and read!
Brett was born and raised in Winchester and currently resides in Wilmington. He attended Lasell College in Newton where he studied Graphic Design. He enjoys working with us at Pet Pals thanks to our friendly environment and awesome dogs! He is our #1 Daycare Attendant and has been with us since 2019. Brett grew up with dogs his entire life and currently has a Jack Russell Terrier named Mackey! When he’s not working with us, he enjoys anything related to music. He can even play the drums! He also enjoys reading, writing, playing videogames, going hiking, and camping.
Alex is a born and raised North Andover native, but went to Boston College where he studied Economics. Even though he didn’t get to grow up alongside his own furry companion, Alex is loving getting to know all the pups from Pet Pals! His favorite pastimes include hiking, going on long drives, and loves studying up on Ancient History! He is also a die hard Patriots fan!
Duncan was born and raised in Winchester and has been working at Pet Pals since 2018. He attended the University of New England where he studied Animal Behavior and proceeded to do an internship at NEADs, a service dog training program. He helped take care of the dogs until they were ready to be given to people in need. Growing up Duncan owned geckos, guinea pigs and a Portuguese Water Dog. Currently, Duncan owns a corn snake, a cockatiel, and a Whoodle named Nora. When Duncan’s not working at Pet Pals, his favorite hobbies include traveling, cooking, and playing video games. He is also a certified Scuba Diver!
Keith was born and raised in Lowell where he also attended university to study music. He's been working with us since 2018! His favorite hobbies include playing hockey as well as playing shows with his band and honing in his self-taught guitar skills. Growing up Keith had two German Shepherds named Ceasar and Chevy. Because he doesn't have any pets currently, he loves getting to play with the dogs here at our park!
Meghan was born and raised in Woburn but now commutes from New Hampshire. She has been an animal lover all her life and has worked at Pet Pals since 2017! She owns two dogs--Jasper and Nova. She loves that she gets to spend time outdoors with her furry friends here at Pet Pals. When she isn't here with us, she enjoys traveling and playing the guitar!
Nam was born in Tibet but currently lives in Medford. He studied criminal justice at University of Massachusetts Boston. Lover of all animals, he grew up surrounded by dogs and cats. His favorite hobbies include soccer, basketball, and hiking. Nam's favorite thing about working with us is seeing all the different breeds of dogs. One cool fact about Nam is that he is trilingual--in addition to English, he can also speak Tibetan and Hindi!
Steve grew up in Woburn where he attended Woburn High School and currently resides. He is married and has two grown kids who are working on their college degrees. He is an all-around animal lover! He owns two cats and eight guinea pigs!!! He is studying to be come a vet technician and hopes to one day open a guinea pig sanctuary. He also loves music, gardening, hiking, and cooking.
Rei grew up in Boston and currently resides in Chelsea. Rei grew up around dogs and currently owns a Mexican Hairless pup named Elote! He graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Care. He loves to be outdoors and has a passion for kayaking. He also loves poetry--his poems have been published 4 times!
Anthony is a total animal lover and has lived in Saugus his whole life. While growing up, Anthony had a cat, two dogs, a rabbit, turtles, and chickens. In his free time he likes to golf and go to Red Sox games. He is a huge Boston sports fan! His favorite part about working at Pet Pals is that he can bring his own pup Louie. We love Anthony's outgoing personality, he comes in each day with a positive attitude and the dogs love him too!
Seth, a Massachusetts native, was born and raised in Methuen and now lives in Saugus. Seth hopes to one day become a dog trainer and is currently studying at Animal Behavior College. Growing up, he owned a Puggle and Cocker Spaniel. His favorite activities are playing videogames and watching Netflix. His favorite thing about Pet Pals is all the open space and friendly staff.
Jeff has been working with us since 2011!!! He grew up in upstate New York but moved to Canada to attend Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec where he graduated with a degree in History. While living there, he rescued a street cat named Linda and has loved and cared for her ever since! He now lives in nearby Medford. Jeff is a drummer and plays in two bands. When not at Pet Pals, you can find him jamming at local Boston venues!
Gabbie grew up in Brazil and now resides in Stoneham. She taught herself how to speak English and spent 6 months in England to polish her skills at the age of 17. In addition to working with us, she is also studying medical radiography at Bunker Hill Community College. Growing up, Gabbie had a variety of pets--rescue mutts, a cat named Bella, and a hamster name Billy. She loves writing, embroidery, and watching indie films at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Izabela, the newest member of our staff, grew up in Brazil and now lives in Woburn. Pals began offering grooming services in June of 2022 and Izabela has been working with us ever since. She has been grooming for over 3 years and is passionate about her work. She loves all animals and owns two cats of her own--Cookie and Kate. When she isn't busy grooming, Izabela enjoys dancing and going for long bike rides.