Who We Are?

My name is Carin Cohen, and in 2002 I started Critter Vists to live out my dream of working with animals and being in the fresh air all day. Lots of my customers and friends want to know how I turned my passion for animals into a career, so I thought I'd share that with you. I started watching the neighbor's dog in high school, and during that time I volunteered at the largest no kill shelter in the country, The North Shore Animal League in New York. Before long my volunteer work turned into a paying job that I loved...

In 1988 I learned to train dogs for the show ring and for basic family obedience. Subsequently I attended college in Massachusetts and majored in "Animal Care", completing courses in kennel management, pet nutrition, grooming, basic first aid and animal health and structure.

Over the next several years I managed a large warehouse type pet supply store and ran a small country pet supply and grooming shop. I got back to dog training full time for 5 years, then decided to move forward and do what I love best, caring for pets.

The one thing that has always stayed constant throughout my many years in the pet industry, is pet sitting. In 2002 I joined Pet Sitters International, I got insured and bonded, and after 15 plus years of experience with all kinds of pets, Critter Visits was born.

I have also had experience assisting veterinarians with all kinds of pets ranging from pet rats, cats, snakes, turtles, dogs, sheep, cattle, horses and the occasional chicken.

Carin Cohen, Owner

Carin lives with three dogs. Her love of animals started at a young age, when she started volunteering at a local animal shelter. She started training dogs while she was in college majoring in Animal Care, including courses in kennel management, pet nutrition, grooming and animal healthcare. She worked as a veterinarian technician, and also ran several pet-oriented retail stores before she realized the need for reliable pet care and created Critter Visits in 2002.

Scott Jacqeus, Owner/Trainer

Scott is a father who lives with two of his own dogs and a wonderful woman in a doggy day care. He found he had a natural talent for working with dogs and left behind ownership of a local game store to learn from numerous classes, seminars, and workshops how to hone his skills, techniques, and understanding of canine behavior and training. He has been applying that knkowlege for more than a decade to managing a day care and aiding witht the trianing of other peoples dogs. There is a lot of joy in earning a living spending time outdoors with dogs and changing the lives of families for the better by helping them to problem solve behavior issues with their dogs.

Ellen Kava

Ellen grew up with dogs, birds and hamsters. Having worked in the corporate world and child-care, she relishes the fact that her job combines both her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Franklin with her husband and son along with her small rescue dog Kalen, and recently lost her Shadow; a special needs Black Labrador Retriever.

Renee Weber

Renee a loving mother of two,lives with a Golden Doodle a cat and a hamster. Renee was raised surrounded by animals and has always had multiple pets. Her love for animals brought her to Critter Visits. She loves the outdoors and spending her days caring for her clients pets.

Joseph Duda

Joseph has been an animal lover for as long as he can remember. He and his family rescued 2 greyhounds which they had for 13 years. They now have a 4 year old Lurcher. Growing up Joseph also had birds, fish, and a Guinea Pig. Joseph has been dog sitting for 6 years before joining Critter Visits and loves nothing more than spending quality time alongside man’s best friend.

Carmine DePaola

Carmine is a lifetime dog owner, a cat owner until a recent loss, and animal lover. His primary profession is personal training but his second love is working with pets. Carmine holds a degree in Exercise Physiology and Speech Communication and loves working with people and their pets.

Meghann Cincotta

I have over 20yrs experience with dogs and cats. I understand the daily challenges, and the surprises life can throw at us that can prevent us from giving our fur babies the time and attention they need. I have 2 rescue dogs and a cat, and I am very picky about who I allow to help me care for them if and when I am unable to, as you should be. I am here to help, I am respectful, responsible, and reliable. I will do my best to treat your furry friends as if they we one of my own.

Nada Vericker