Alysha has always had a passion for animals. As a child, her dream was to become a veterinarian. She could often be found reading animal care guides, books of breeds, when she was not caring for her own animals. Upon entering high school, she realized that though her passion for animals was there, she didn’t care for biology, chemistry, and the idea of having to put a sick dog down, or some of the other more unpleasant aspects of the job. Alysha decided veterinary school was not for her and pursued a career in business instead.
Alysha received an excellent foundation in customer service, sales, and marketing in the corporate world. She worked for several large companies, such as MetLife and Amica Insurance. Though she achieved much success and recognition in her field she always felt something was missing.
In 2007, Alysha fell in love with and took home Chloe, a 10 week old American Cocker Spaniel puppy. Chloe quickly became the love of her life. Alysha was on vacation the first two weeks she had Chloe. She set up a very specific routine in terms of her crate training and feeding, and was very particular about her needs. When it came time for Alysha to go back to work, she realized that she couldn’t leave such a young puppy alone all day. She hired a neighbor to come in and take care of Chloe mid-day to feed, take her for a walk, and play with her. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an ideal situation. Things weren’t being done the way Alysha wanted, and the way Chloe was used to. She decided to hire a professional. Upon doing research she realized a lot of people who offered these services we not insured, or did it as a side job. She realized there was a real need for full-time, reliable, insured professional pet care in Rhode Island. Alysha knew other people adored their pets the way she did Chloe and wanted their care to be special and perfect. So she left her corporate job and started Furry Friends!
Since then, Alysha has accumulated a substantial amount of professional experience in the pet care industry. She has been an active volunteer with the Providence Animal Rescue League since 2008 and was the first ever recipient of their Outstanding Community Partner Award in 2009. She has attended and completed Pet First Aid & CPR seminars, animal behavioral conferences, and most recently completed the Certified Pet Dog Trainer program at Mt. Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. She became the Providence Pet Care Examiner on Examiner.com in 2010, where she writes articles on proper pet care, product reviews, and pet safety. In addition, she writes monthly articles for RI Local Magazine on pet care, training, and other various topics.
Phone: (401) 996-8076
Lisa Eaton is the manager of Furry Friends Pet Care Services. She has been with Furry Friends for two years and has been a pet care professional for over three years. During that period she has completed an eighteen month Veterinary Assistance program and been certified in Canine CPR and First Aid. Lisa also volunteers at the Warwick Animal Shelter.
Lisa lives in Warwick with her husband, her German Shepherd mix, Autumn, and Winston the Russian Tortoise. Prior to her work with animals Lisa spent the last ten years working and managing restaurants but her love of animals drew her to current career.
Lisa’s future goals include fostering animals in need and learning canine massage.
Phone: (401) 996-8076
Caitlin joined the Furry Friends staff in 2010 after knowing Alysha and several of the other staff members for some time. Caitlin is an animal lover and professes a “no stray left behind mentality,” doing all she can to aid and assist animals in need in her area.
Caitlin lives with her boyfriend, her three cats, Ping, The Black Dread Macavity, and Tubby MonSTAR, and her two chinchillas, Erilon and Squee, and desperately wants a puppy, preferably a Husky. It is her desire for a puppy that led her to Furry Friends. Due to her busy work and local theatre schedule she cannot take on dog ownership at this time so she opted for the next best thing….pet sitting dogs and cats!
Currently Caitlin works in the jewelry industry by day and acts in local plays and films, as well as pet sitting, by night but it is her dream to open a non-profit animal shelter in the future.
Phone: (401) 996-8076