About Staycation Pet Sitting

Hello, my name is Jill Barnes and I am passionate about animal welfare. On the long and winding road to a career in pet sitting I’ve worked as a professional groomer, vet assistant in an all-cat clinic, and volunteered with numerous sanctuaries and animal welfare foundations. In my free time you’ll find me out trapping and rescuing stray cats, and loving on my own three special-needs cats.

My journey began in 2007 when I got my first rescue dog, a Belgian Malinois named Buster. I was helping with the Great Kitty Rescue in Pahrump through Best Friends Animal Sanctuary when I met Buster at a joint adoption event. In Buster’s previous life he had been trained as an attack dog – a fact I accidentally discovered in the garden one day when Buster saw my gloved arm and attacked! Needless to say, I had to become an advanced dog owner ASAP. Buster was smart, protective, loving, and changed my life. Before Buster came along, I did indoor plant care and facilitated sales from wholesale growers to garden centers. After getting Buster though, I knew I had to work with animals.

In 2008, I went to a grooming academy so I could begin working as a groomer. I got a lot of experience working with everything from the friendliest to the feistiest of pets to get their fur and nails in shape. Then, in 2012, I began working at an all-cat clinic as a vet assistant. I cared for boarding cats, performed blood draws, assisted the veterinarians in surgery, and everything in between.

After working with people’s fur babies at all stages of life – helping them to feel good both outside and in – I decided to start pet sitting in 2016. So far, I’ve cared for dogs, cats, birds and even a goat – but I am willing and open to working with any type of pet.

My Current Fur Babies


Biscuit is a blind sweetheart who loves playing, trying to jump on things, and sleeping on our heads.



Violet is a sweet, but clumsy, panleukopenia survivor.


Marmie is our newest addition. She’s a FIV positive, had recently gone blind, and was living outside. After getting her on medication to treat her high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism, she got her sight back within a month! She’s adjusting to life inside with her new brother and sister.