About Aunt Sami...
Welcome to the Aunt Sami's web page. My name is Samantha Jones and I am the owner/operator of Aunt Sami's. This page will give you some information about myself, my background and my company.
Since I was a young girl I knew I had a special connection with animals of all kinds. I would often go over to friends’ homes and end up spending more time with their pets than them. I knew that wherever life led me, I wanted to work in an animal related field.
I graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1995 and immediately moved to Las Vegas to start my life as an "adult". It wasn't easy finding a job with virtually no work experience, especially with my focus being on finding a job working with animals. About 6 months later, I was hired at PetCo in the small animal/bird department. My dream was starting at the bottom, but at least it was starting. My next job was as a receptionist for Banfield the Pet Hospital. After being there for only 3 months, my manager asked if I would be interested in training as a vet tech. OF COURSE I WOULD!!! I spent the next several years as a tech at a couple different veterinary hospitals. The last one I worked at also had a kennel, where the techs were required to fill in if a kennel attendant called in sick. This was what really started my career as a pet sitter.
I couldn't handle seeing all the sweet cat and dog faces locked in cages for upwards of 23 hours a day. A lot of them didn't eat or sleep well. Some of the sweetest cats became aggressive when you would try to get near them. It just took its toll on me. Why did these furry family members need to be locked in cages while their families were off vacationing and having a great time? That's when it came to me... PET SITTING.
In March 2000, I officially opened my first pet sitting business, Crazy Critters Pet Care. All my friends thought I was crazy. They thought there was no way I could make pet sitting into a career. 10 years later, with over 500 clients in a 10 mile radius of my home, I was one of the most well-known, successful pet sitters in Las Vegas.I was so blessed to have such amazing success in Las Vegas. Over my 10 year career I accomplished many things. I cofounded and spent roughly 7 years as the president of a local pet sitters networking group called SNAPPS. I spent 2 years as the education director for the Humane Society of Southern Nevada as well as 3 years in several board member positions for the Las Vegas Avicultural Society. I was nominated for the prestigious PSI Pet Sitter of the Year award 6 years in a row. I also had a half dozen newspaper articles written about myself and my business. I became Pet CPR/First aid certified in 2006 and earned my certificate as a PSI Accredited Pet Sitter in 2007.
Tragically in 2010, my grandmother suffered a severe stroke and wasn’t expected to survive. As her Power of Attorney, and one of few living relatives, I returned to Southern California to be with her during what we thought, were her final days. Miraculously she pulled through, not without permanent damage though. For the next 6 months I traveled back and forth between Vegas and Simi Valley to continue working but to also be with my grandmother who needed me. After all that time of going back and forth, I came to the conclusion that I couldn't just leave my grandmother here alone in a nursing home. So I packed up my car and moved full time to Simi Valley. I sold my pet sitting business to one of my dear friends, who already had an existing pet sitting company. Leaving my old life behind in Vegas was easy. Leaving my clients was the hard part. I still to this day miss many of them, as they became like family to me. I promised myself that one day I would start another pet sitting business, because that is where my heart truly is.
In 2014, I decided it was the right time to start Aunt Sami's Pet Sitting. I am so thankful to be back doing the career that I love the most. And to be doing it back here in So Cal, is a dream come true. Althoughl I am so happy to be back to doing what I love and am passionate about. I hope and dream that I will be able to become an extended member of as many families in Simi Valley as I was in Las Vegas.
Side note because I do get asked a lot... My grandmother lived until 1/1/17, when she passed at the ripe old age of 87. I am so grateful for the 7 years I spent caring for her. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't be where I am today,
Aunt Sami's Family
My husband, Danny, and I have been married since January 2017. We originally met in 1994, but reconnected in 2013 after not having seen each other in nearly 15 years. The rest is history. I'm very proud to now also have a beautiful 13 year old stepdaughter, Marina.
In 2014, we added a black Labrador to our family, Sabbath. Sabbath was just 8 weeks when he became a part of our family. Sabbath loves his siblings human and furry, and will spend hours upon hours cuddling with his humans.
In 2015, we adopted 2 kittens from Pink Paws Cat Rescue. Sienna is our tabby and Sarina is the tortoise shell.
The most recent addition to our family, Zuma the Great Dane. Zuma came to live with us on December 27, 2017 at 11 weeks old. He has been the most challenging puppy we have ever had but is totally worth it for the companionship and loyalty he gives back to us!
Rest in Peace, our beautiful princess Sequoia. 10-27-06 to 4-10-18