Lesley Phillips (Owner/Manager)
I live in Mickleover, Derby. I worked for a Veterinary Practice for 10 years but I now devote all my time to running Kitty Kare. I am a life long cat lover and have owned many different cats over the years, most of which have come to me from various rescue centres. At present I own 5 cats which live indoors with access to a fully enclosed garden and outdoor pen.
I originally set up Kitty Kare in order to provide a service for elderly or infirm cats, diabetic cats or very nervous cats which were not suited to being placed in a cattery. However, word very quickly spread, and the demand for Kitty Kare services has been such that I now have a small team of pet sitters, all of whom are trained and experienced in animal care and committed to maintaining the high standards of care that our clients have come to expect.
We really care about all our feline friends. We personally care for your cats in the same way that you do, maintaining their usual routines and giving them the extra cuddles and attention they need when you are away.
Jenny Cotterill (Deputy Manager)
Littleover. Hilton . Hatton . Etwall
My name is Jenny. I have known Lesley for many years and we previously worked together at the vets.
I was really pleased when she asked me to join the Kitty Kare group as I love cats but cannot have one of my own.
I work for Scarsdale vets, so I have a lot of knowledge of animal care and handing.
I also manage the Kitty Kare business for Lesley whenever she is away or busy.
Animals are one of my favourite pastimes, along with reading, knitting and spending time with my family. And sunshine is my biggest happy feeling!
Hilton . Hatton . Etwall
My name is Beccy. As well as working as a Kitty Kare pet sitter I am a veterinary nurse and have worked in a variety of veterinary practices since qualifying in 1994. Over the years I have acquired many animals. At the moment we have three cats (lovely moggys) and 2 dogs.
I still work part time as a vet nurse for an emergency veterinary clinic in Derby. I am passionate about animals and I have hand reared, fostered and re homed many needy kittens and cats over the years.
Please see our Kitty Kare Facebook Page for details of cats and kittens that we are currently trying to re-home.
Mickleover . Littleover . Etwall .
Hi I'm Susan. I live in Mickleover with my husband and our two rescue Burmese cats, Rupert and Lily.
I have lived in Mickleover all my life. My earliest memory is of living with a large ginger cat, and there have always been cats in my life ever since. Over the years I have had to deal with many sick cats and have therefore become experienced in all the different ways of giving medication to cats.
I am retired from my job as a Physiotherapy assistant at the Derby Hospitals and can now indulge my love of cats by working for Kitty Kare and being able to care for your cats whilst you are away.
My other interests include reading, gardening, and walking.
Mickleover . Littleover . Allestree . Central Derby
I am Derby born and bred and have lived in Mickleover for the past 24 years.
My first involvement with cats was when an affectionate mature stray female found me a few years ago and I absolutely fell in love with her. When she passed away, my husband and I decided to offer a retirement home to older cats that are often overlooked. As a result this lovely black cutie, Tinkerbelle (in the photo), was adopted from the RSPCA.
Kitty Kare looks after Tinkerbelle for us when we go away and it gives us confidence that our cat is always in safe hands. We have been very impressed with the attention to detail and we are given complete peace of mind by Kitty Kare.
I love cats and all animals and am therefore very happy to now be a part of the Kitty Kare team.
My other interests include walking, travelling and musical theatre.
Chellaston . Alvaston . Chaddesden . Oakwood .
After years of working behind a desk I am now lucky to be looking after cats.
I have shared my home with a cat ever since my childhood and can't imagine life without them!
I have lived in Derby since 1992 with my husband and a series of cats. We were adopted by the little stray bandit, Zorro, a few years ago. He was living rough but now enjoys a life of of luxury! This is a picture of me with Zorro.
For me it is always a privilage and a pleasure to meet and care for a cat and working for Kitty Kare gives me the opportunity to care for lots of different lovely cats, without taking them all home with me!
My other interests include gardening, walking in the counryside and cooking.
West Hallam . Stanley . Oakwood . Chaddesden . Borrowash
Hi I’m Carole and I live in West Hallam. This is me with one of my cats, Oscar. Lucy was a little camera shy!
Apart from my absolute love of cats my other hobbies are going to watch The Rams to which I have been a season ticket holder now for 5 years. I also enjoy going to the gym, growing plants for my garden from seeds, reading and of course looking after your cats whilst you are away.
Oakwood . Chaddesden . Chester Green
I have lived in Oakwood for 20 years and we have always had a cat around the home. My first priority after booking any holiday is 'Splodge's care. Knowing she is safe and being cared for means we can enjoy our break. I love animals of all shapes and sizes. I have been lucky enough to travel extensively and to see many places... and I always seem to be found by a 'holiday' cat!
Other interests, when time allows, are painting, going to the gym, reading and being a taxi driver for my teenage daughter!
Helping Kitty Kare gives me time to enjoy and fuss all the different varieties of cats and enjoy their funny ways without bringing them all home with me.
Mackworth. Mickleover . Littleover
I'm Suzie and I work part-time for Kitty Kare, mainly covering the Mickleover area.
Lesley and I go back a long way and have been friends for many years.
As well as working for Kitty Kare, I have, (for the past 13 years), worked at a busy veterinary surgery, and enjoy the work very much.
I now have several regular Kitty Kare clients who's cats know me as their surrogate mum. I have become very attached to all the lovely cats in my care, and enjoy looking after them very much. The cats also give back so much affection that it makes the job thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.
Littleover . Mickleover .
My name is Amy and I live in Littleover.
Growing up I have always had pets, including cats, dogs and guinea pigs. I currently have 2 rescue cats who are very spoiled - Alfie and Poppy. I have also helped with hand rearing 3 orphan kittens who are now very healthy and happy. I love all animals of any shape and size, so I was very grateful when the opportunity arose to work for Kitty Kare!
I've known Lesley for a long time and often look after her cats when she is away.
As well as working part-time for Kitty Kare, I am a full-time teacher.
My interests include animals, music, reading and baking.
Julia Ward (not currently working)
Littleover . Mickleover . Etwall . Derby . Normanton .
I have lived in Littleover for nearly 30 years and have always loved cats. My first cat came from a farm and was quite a character - I was hooked.
Since then I've had rescue cats, or they have just turned up at my door and asked to be looked after! At the moment my three cats are all boys. Archie, the youngest, tries to get the older boys, Barnie and Fonzy, to play with him, but all they want to do is sleep in the sun.
I jumped at the opportunity to join the Kitty Kare team when I retired so that I can share my love of cats, enjoy and look after them while you are away.
My other interests include Art, music, walking and gardening.
Jane Dodd (not currently working)
Hilton . Hatton . Tutbury . Etwall . Repton
Hi I'm Jane. I live in Hilton and recently decided to retire from the corporate world and escape the long working week, sitting at a desk! I have known Lesley as a friend for many years and we previously worked together at a veterinary surgery where I gained a great deal of experience with animals.
I am delighted to now be a part of the Kitty Kare Team. I love all animals and owned many pets when I was a child; including a dog, cat, rabbit, tortoise and tropical fish.
It is a pleasure to care for so many lovely cats whilst their owners are away. I find it very rewarding to be able to build up a trusting relationship with them and I enjoy getting to know their individual personalities.
Cats are so much more relaxed when in their own environment and it is lovely to have happy cats come to greet me when I arrive at their homes.
My other hobbies include, walking, gardening, wildlife, National Trust, reading and cooking.
Jen Phillips (not currently working)
Central Derby . Mickleover .
I'm Jen, I've lived in Mickleover my whole life and known Lesley since I was a baby, as her and my mum have been friends forever!
I don't have any pets myself at the moment (much to my dismay), but I really enjoy looking after them for other people. I love the affection they give and love getting to know their individual characters.
I gained a great deal of experience with cats and various other pets from working at a large vets practice in Derby for 8 years. I also grew up with a pet dog and rabbits and fish, so I understand the importance of our furry friends.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing netball and baking cakes!
Kati Packington (not currently working)
Mackworth . Allestree . Mickleover
My name is Kati and I have just moved to my first house in Mackworth after living in Mickleover from childhood.
Throughout my life my family have always had various pets including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and hamsters.
I love how all pets have their own characters and always fill the house with life.
All pets deserve the best care and Kitty Kare is a brilliant way for your pets to get the care and affection they need whilst you are away. It is a pleasure getting to know your feline friends and building a relationship with them.
My interests include animals, running and walking with dogs, baking and home crafts.