About Us

Before considering us as your pet sitters, we encourage you to read about the “DANGERS” of our services in this article below:

 The “DANGERS” of Using Us As Your

Pet Sitting Company     


Dawn Dubelbeis – Owner & Sitter

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Kisses from one of our ‘shy’ clients


Critter Caretakers is owned by myself, Dawn Dubelbeis. My passion for animals goes back to childhood when at age 3 I ‘horseback rode’ our patient family German Shepherd, Baron. Nothing like improvising when you can’t get a pony. I considered being a vet as a little girl, but the idea of having to put animals to sleep was more than I could bare. So a lifetime later, and dozens of well loved pets later, I’ve been blessed to find a full time career working with animals anyway. With over 30 years of pet care, I’ve personally cared for, owned, and loved dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, parrots, and snakes. 

As a former animal rescue volunteer, I have a way with animals, including anxious, shy, and ‘tough to get to know animals’, that is not typical. My gentle, loving and playful demeanor appeals to all animals. Hopefully some day, I’d like to have a rescue and shelter for animals. People ask me why I love animals so much and I tell them it’s because of their often deep and unconditional love.

Listen, I know how hard it is to leave your critters behind with someone else and *hope* they receive the same love, attention, and exceptional care they get when you’re there with them. It’s my desire to assure you that your pets will be loved, cared for and tended to as if they belonged to me. Whether that is throwing the ball for your dog 50 times, scratching that sweet spot your cat loves, letting your ferret roam around on the ground exploring, giving kisses to furry foreheads, or whistling to your canary; just know that it brings me great joy to know your pets are happy while you’re away! Of course I can’t replace you, but I can do my best to help make their time away from you fun, safe, and secure! And I will.

Thank you for opening your home and heart to our company.
You won’t be disappointed!

Melissa  – Pet Sitter 

Melissa has been caring for animals for as long as she can remember, even as a child!  Her experience includes  dogs, 34933_412109903402_6513642_ncats, birds, snakes, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, tortoises, and fish.  She is currently “mom” to 2 shelter dogs and 5 shelter cats who are her world. 

Her passion led her into animal rescue work in early 2011 where she continues to save lives and rehabilitate cats and dogs by working in concert with non-profit adoption agencies, the County pound, and fellow rescuers.  Melissa is willing and able to care for any type or breed of critter you may need! She is available as a daily pet sitter or dog walker in Mesa or Gilbert. Melissa has received her animal EMT certificate and is also able to administer insulin shots and Sub-Q fluids.


Nicole  – Pet Sitter

Nicole grew up surrounded by dogs. At age 14, she found two orphaned jackrabbits and raised them until they could be released in the wild. This cemented her future in animal rescue. She is currently a teacher and volunteers with several different non-profit rescues in the valley, and also with Maricopa County Animal Control.leo (1)

She has cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, salamanders and tortoises. Nicole also fosters felines until they are ready to be put up for adoption, or until their owners are able to take them back home.

Nicole is comfortable with all sizes and breeds of animals, but holds a special place in her heart for pit bulls. Nicole participates in shy dog socialization classes and pit bull manners classes with rescue dogs and can work with shy or more dominant dogs. She owns two cats, Toby, a rescue from the Humane Society; and Barkley, a “foster failure”.   Nicole is able to give oral medications, and administer insulin shots. She is available for daily visits, puppy and kitten care, dog walks, and  overnight pet sitting in Mesa and Gilbert.

Randi  – Pet Sitter

Randi has  had a passion for animals as far back as she can remember.  Her house growing up, was always full of an array of critters, from the smallest lizards to horses.  She has owned both large and small breed dogs, and is very comfortable with both.  Randi worked for two years  recently as a foster parent for the Yavapai Humane Society.  She also raised several litters of kittens and found homes for them.  It was a very rewarding experience for unnamed (4)her.

Randi also volunteered at weekly events held to find homes for various shelter dogs.  She currently owns two cats – 13 year old litter mates,  a 1 year old desert tortoise, and a she has a koi pond.  She believes Critter Caretakers is the perfect job for her, allowing her to take care of lots of different animals.

Randi is available for pet sitting in North East Mesa and is comfortable administering medications, both oral and pill to pets.


Nikki  – Pet Sitter

Nikki’s passion for animals started as a little girl in Texas. At any given time she would have hermit crabs, hamsters, fish, lizards, bunnies and their beloved orange cat Pumpkin. Her first “job” was taking care of the neighbor’s dogs when she was just 7 years old!  Her most memorable field trip as a child was to a farm where she milked cows, held boa constrictors, took care of pigs and chickens and even saw eagles and raccoons.

Once on her own she started fostering dogs and helping at shelters. She has worked with several shelters throughout the valley NikkiBailey2including Arizona Animal Welfare League, 2nd Chance Dog Rescue and Pittie Me Rescue where her current foster dog Bailey is from!  Working with Bailey and the trainers from Pittie Me Rescue has helped her understand dog behaviors and personality. Nikki has fostered dogs of all kinds from 4 week old puppies, injured dogs, extremely timid, shy and anxious dogs, to dogs that need extra training. She says they all have two things in common: they all need lots of love and they all give lots of love back; that’s the reason she loves animals so much!

Nikki is excited to meet your pets! She is available for puppy care, daily pet sitting, overnights, live-in visits and dog walking in Gilbert or Mesa.

Yvonne  – Pet Sitter

Yvonne has always remembered loving animals.  She would often bring home orphaned birds and squirrels to nurse back to health. At age 12 she begged to volunteer at a local stables cleaning and caring for the tenants; she had a real gift for working with the most temperamental horses. Additionally, Yvonne has always had pets: cats, dogs, bird, reptiles, arachnids and a wide variety of fish.

For several years Yvonne was a foster mom for hard to home dogs giving them rehabilitation and lots of love. With her experience and extra care, she was able to find dozens of forever homes for dogs she fostered. Yvonne is very good working with shy and rescue animals. There aren’t any pets that she isn’t comfortable around.

Yvonne is available for daily visits, puppy sitting, and mid-day visits in West and Central Mesa. 

Reyna  – Pet Sitter

Reyna has been a lover of animals ever since she was a little girl. Though unable to have her own pet due to family allergies, she would often sneak food for the neighborhood cats, who would then follow her to and from school just to say hello! Her grandmother always had dogs, and she never passed up the opportunity to throw the ball or kiss a furry cheek when she could.

After graduating from high school, she went into the field of pharmacy where she got her first opportunity to dog sit for a coworker. She loved it so much that she offered up her service around her workplace and soon had a handful of lovely pups to care for. What started as a way to make extra money quickly turned into a labor of love, and she jumped at the chance to take care of all the wonderful animals she never got to have as a child.

Now she is fully committed to caring for those lovely little critters that were so far out of her reach! With a heart full of love Reyna is available for puppy care, daily visits, overnights, and live-in visits, and will make sure your little (or big!) critters are loved and cared for as much as they need and more.


Kathy  – Pet Sitter

Kathy always had animals of some kind in her life. She grew up with a black Cocker Spaniel and a turtle named “Junior.” Stray dogs used to “find” her even when she was a little girl. Her family had dogs for a long time, but when she was in the 6th grade, she was given a newborn kitten whose mother had gotten run over by a car. “Lucky” lived with her for 16 years. After that, she cared for and loved cats, dogs, birds and fish — sometimes separately, sometimes all  at the same time. She started “pet sitting” for others when she was 10 and really hasn’t stopped since then!

She absolutely loves all animals and taking care of them – It’s her passion. She has done some volunteer work with the AZ Humane Society, mostly working with cats and is currently the proud mom of 2 rescue cats who “found” her after they were abandoned. Kathy is amazing with shyer animals who respond well to her.

Kathy is available for all types of visits including overnight pet sitting, daily visits, puppy care, dog walking, and mid-day potty break visits in both Mesa and Gilbert.


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