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Our Team

About Us

Professional Pet Care In Lakeland + Mulberry, Florida

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We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, breed, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
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We are the ONLY Certified Professional Pet Sitters (CPPS) through Pet Sitters International in Polk County!

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Veterinary Recommended and We Have Access to Veterinary Care 24/7 – 365 Days A Year.
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We Have Trained Veterinary Nurses On Staff.
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We Background Screen ALL Of Our Team Members

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We Are Bonded+ Insured through BIC.

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We Are part Of National + Local Professional Pet Organizations: PSI, PUPS, and Polk Professional Pet Services Network

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We are An Active Member of Lakeland Kiwanis and Girl Scouts

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We are An Active Member of Bridge Local (formally Lakeland Business Leaders)

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We are a entrepreneur with Florida SBDC at USF ( Small Business Development Center)

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We Donate Regularly To Animal Rescues + Benefits through resources, financials, volunteerism and support!

About Us
ABAC Team 2019

Hello!

 Atta Boy! Animal Care  was founded in December 2013,  when our Founder Amber Van Denzen ( Hey, that’s Me!) saw an essential need for a client-oriented, trained, professional full-time Pet Sitting + Dog Walking pet care service company in Lakeland, Fl.

The image of a company that was a family oriented, animal educated, welcoming and friendly with small + large pet families alike, which would focus on providing the quality of care and service anyone would want for their own home and furry family members came to my mind over and over. I used my 13 year career as a Trained Emergency Veterinary Technician and took my skills learned from my Animal Science Bachelors Degree from University of Florida to create such a company for YOU!

My husband and I were constantly traveling as couple, and then during our adoption process and now family travels.We always were trying to schedule for our dogs to go to one of our parents home (and having to drive them over 2 hours away!) or ask a neighbor to watch our chickens and turtles. We also had a dog that was epileptic (he had seizures) and was on seizure dog medication that was required  to be given 3 times a day on a routine schedule- so having someone able to be available for those times and able to successfully give them medications was critical.  

Eventually the drive, the having to constantly ask neighbors or family to watch the pets, and then coming home and our pups had been fed food that upset their tummy ( because they were so cute and begging for those treats, of course!),  medication missed by accident, plus if we were running behind or early and having to schedule pick up/drop off, and then of course all the extra hair in the car/their food/their toys/their beds etc got TOO MUCH!  

We looked around for a professional pet sitter that had veterinary medical knowledge and that didn’t charge by pet -because with 3 dogs, 3 turtles, and 14 chickens- that just wasn’t going to be financially do-able. We soon realized MANY families and individuals locally in Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, and surrounding areas had the same needs! 

…and that is exactly what Atta Boy! Animal Care has created! Hopefully you will find what you are looking for here with us at Atta Boy!- where we always say  “Happy Pets, Happy People!”

– Amber V.

Meet Your Professional Team

Each human of the Atta Boy! Animal Care team goes through a 4 step demanding hiring process, is background screened, covered by our insurance + bonding and has over 13 hours of Pet Related Certifications

Continuing Education is provided to our humans on a consistent bases throughout the year.This ensures that each team sitter lives up to the standard set by our company to ensure your pets and home are the happiest and safest they can be.

We will HAND SELECT a human for you based off of you and your pets need and they will become your primary sitter, and then have a team of sitters behind them to ensure we can cover all the dates you need, last minute requests and more!

We have three types of Humans on Staff:

  • Pet Sitters: Pet Care Professionals that can handle all animals!
  • Dog Walkers: Pet Care Professionals that focus mostly on exercising + walking our pup friends!
  • Pet TechsTM  (Half Pet Sitter/Half Veterinary Technician!): For our high medical needs, special needs, senior or elderly clients
  • We are the ONLY Certified Professional Pet Sitters (CPPS) through Pet Sitters International in Polk County!
  • Veterinary Recommended and We Have Access to Veterinary Care 24/7 – 365 Days A Year.
  • We Have Trained Veterinary Nurses On Staff.
  • We Background Screen ALL Of Our Team Members
  • We Are Bonded+ Insured through BIC.
  • We Are part Of National + Local Professional Pet Organizations: PSI, PUPS, and Polk Professional Pet Services Network
  • We are An Active Member of Lakeland Kiwanis and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
  • We are An Active Member of Bridge Local (formally Lakeland Business Leaders)
  • We are a entrepreneur with Florida SBDC at USF ( Small Business Development Center)
  • We Donate Regularly To Animal Rescues + Benefits through resources, financials, volunteerism and support!
Amber

Amber

Owner/Founder

Owner / Founder

Hometown:

Alva, Fl

Pets:

3 dogs: Sookie, River + Cinco, 11 chickens, 3 turtles:Blue, Zorro + Stewie, and 2 fish tanks

Interesting Fact:

I jumped off a 25 foot cliff into the Ocean in Negril, Jamaica!

Biography:

Amber is the founder of Atta Boy! Animal Care. She been working in the animal field for over 16 years. She started in the field by working in the horse industry – stable hand and pet sitter. She then trained as a local Veterinary Kennel hand, Veterinary Assistant and then an Emergency Veterinary Technician for both small and large animals for over 13 years. She has a bachelors of Animal Science from University of Florida.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Chantal

Chantel D.

Manager

Manager

Hometown:

St. Petersburg, Fl

Pets:

3 dogs: Jax, Dixie + Lynx, 3 cats: Iris, Lynx + Remy and 1 betta fish: Sushi VI

Interesting Fact:

I was born with a hole in my heart and had to have open-heart surgery at 3. My dream job would be being a zookeeper.

Biography:

Chantal has been with ABAC since 2012. She been working in the animal field for over 10 years as a Veterinary Receptionist and then started as a pet sitter, dog walker and cat sitter with Atta Boy! Animal Care in 2014.

She currently works with us as our Manager to ensure the best client experience from start to finish! That includes: monitoring our pet sitters, dog walker and cat sitters at the visits, ensuring visit quality and making sure our clients get their visit updates. She also manages the staff behind-the-scenes, and hiring.

​She has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from USF.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Teresa S.

Office Assistant – Community + Client Relations

Office Assistant - Community + Client Relations

Hometown:

Mercerville, NJ

Pets:

3 dogs Molly, Luna, and Winston – all Australian Shepherd

Interesting Fact:

I love to travel and have been to 15 countries + 25 states including DC and Puerto Rico.

Biography:

Teresa has been with ABAC since 2019. She currently works with us as our Community and Client Relations Office Assistant- she creates and keeps great bonds with other local animal companies, scheduling, monthly newsletters and general office work.​ She has been in the administration field for over 20 years- including working at a local bakery- Born +Bread.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Marissa

Marissa G.

Pet Tech ( Half Pet Sitter/ Half Veterinary Technician)

Pet Tech ( Half Pet Sitter/ Half Veterinary Technician)

Hometown:

Coatesville, PA

Pets:

2 dogs: Marvel the Border Collie mix + Petra the Weimaraner 1 cat: Halle

Interesting Fact:

Vet tech of 10 years? That’s literally my biggest personality trait anymore

Biography:

Marissa has been with ABAC since 2017. She been working in the animal field for over 10 years. She started in the field by working in the horse industry – stable hand and then trainer. She then trained as a Veterinary Technician for both small and large animals. She currently works as an Emergency Veterinary Technician and is working on obtaining her CVT- Certified Veterinary Technician License.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Abby

Abby P.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Winter Haven, FL

Pets:

2 dogs: Louie + Marley

Interesting Fact:

I’ve lived in Polk County all my life!

Biography:

Abby has been with ABAC since 2020.Growing up on a farm allowed her to care for a variety of animals from a small age. She has experience caring for Dogs, Cats, Chickens and Goats – and always willing to meet more! When not working with animals she practices Cosmetology.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Amanda H.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Malvern, PA

Pets:

Two yellow labs 一 Katie & Mia, a Terrier Mix- Prince, and three cats – Princess, Zues, & Midnight.

Interesting Fact:

I work with my Emotional Support Dog and am training him with service dog commands!

Biography:

Amanda has been with ABAC since 2019. She has grown up with animals, volunteered at an animal shelter for over a year doing dog training, and has experience in dog walking and Pet Sitting dogs, cats, and fish. She is currently attending Florida Southern College to study psychology and law.

Pronouns:

She/Her

April

April R.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Lakeland, Fl

Pets:

2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 snails + 1 leopard gecko.

Interesting Fact:

I make cool stuff with yarn with my company called Craftipus!

Biography:

April has been with ABAC since 2019. She has worked with animals from a young age, trained as a dog trainer and has been pet sitting over 2 years. She has experience caring for small rodents, cats, fish and reptiles in addition to dogs of every age. She is also the owner of Craftipus- a local crafting business and currently trains her dogs as therapy animals.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Ashley

Ashley H.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Lakeland, Fl

Pets:

At home she has 25 reptiles including Hognose Snakes, Ball Pythons, Bearded Dragons, Geckos and also 2 Cats-Todd + Pepper and 2 Rats-Tofu + Blaze.

Interesting Fact:

She breeds reptiles as a hobby!

Biography:

Ashley ​has been with ABAC since 2017. She completed a course as a Veterinary Assistant and currently works in the parts department at a local RV store during the day. She has volunteered with SPCA Florida here in Lakeland, and has rehabbed local Florida wildlife for many years.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Cammie

Cammie W.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Plant City, Fl

Pets:

3 Dachshunds:Ruby, Penny + Lily

Interesting Fact:

I played first chair violin from 6th-12th grade along with piano and some guitar.

Biography:

Cammie has been with Atta Boy! since 2020 . She grew up on a farm in North Plant City, where she had cows, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits as well as domestic cats and dogs. She volunteered at HCAS in the Pitt Bull Ambassador Program which pulled dogs from the shelter and helped them gain their CGC (canine good citizenship). This allowed them to be better placed in foster and fur-ever homes with their new families. She is a cosmetologist at a local salon here in Lakeland and currently working towards her Masters in Psychology at Walden University.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Carrie

Carrie L.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Niceville, Fl

Pets:

1 dog: Cody (service dog) , 3 cats (all special needs/medically needy): Sophie – Maine Coone, Sarranna – Bombay , and Mischa – Russian Blue.

Interesting Fact:

The Kemp’s Ridley turtle was named after my great great uncle, Richard Kemp who was the first to submit the species identification in 1906.

Biography:

Carrie has been with ABAC since 2019.Carrie has 10 years of pet sitting experience and working with rescue domestic and wild animals. She just moved to Lakeland from a small town called Niceville, in the FL panhandle, with her significant other, who is prior military. She loves to fish and hunt but has a large amount of respect for wildlife and animals. She has a Bachelor’s in Human Resources and when not working with animals as a pet sitter, she works at a local school as a 4th-grade teacher.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Cassandra

Cassandra M.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Plymouth, IN

Pets:

1 dog: Triton and 3 cats:Sadie, Anakin + Ben

Interesting Fact:

I probably spend more of my life at Disney than at being at home ???? I am a busy body so I am constantly doing things and exploring!

Biography:

Cassandra has been with ABAC since 2020. She has over 7 years pet care experience with dogs, cats, aquarium life, and reptiles. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration- Finance. When not pet sitting she also substitute teaches at Resurrection Catholic School.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Frank

Frank S.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Quebradillas, PR

Pets:

10 chickens, 3 turtles, 3 dogs: a Poodle mix- River, a Corgi Mix- Cinco & a Saluki mix- Sookie.

Interesting Fact:

I am currently perfecting my archery + knitting skills!

Biography:

Frank has been with Atta Boy! since the beginning as he is the husband of our Founder Amber! He has been in the animal field for over 7 years.He graduated from University of South Florida with an engineering degree and currently works as an engineering inspector.

Pronouns:

He/Him

Melissa

Melissa G.

Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Hometown:

Bradenton, FL

Pets:

4 dogs, 2 cockatiels, 1 Goldfish, 2 Chinchillas + 2 Redfoot Tortoises.

Interesting Fact:

I once visited Africa to train teachers and bought curriculum for the school!

Biography:

Melissa ​has been with ABAC since 2019.She is an active volunteer with SPCA Florida here in Lakeland and has been a pet sitter for many years. She graded from FSU with an Elementary Education Degree with a Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently an online High School Instructor.

Pronouns:

She/Her

Growth

  • December 2013: Opened our Virtual Doors for business. Our Founder Amber was the only staff person.

  • 2014-2016: The team grew from a solo operation to a team  + expanded from just South Lakeland to Central Lakeland.

  • 2017-2018: The company’s service area was able to increase and improvements in coordination, scheduling, and invoicing were brought on board with the implementation of the online client portal. Clients schedule appointments, communicate with the team, pay and much more directly through this easy and convenient site! GPS tracking and Daily Updates via email are added

  • 2019: Re-branded from our previous multi-animal and key design and slogan of “We are the KEY to your pets comfort + care” to a fun, current dog design with a slogan of “Happy Pets, Happy People!”

  • 2020: 5,000 visits completed! In the past 6 years of business we have cared for hundreds of pets- dogs, cats, horses, goats, geese, chickens, pigs, rats, snakes, fish, aquariums, turtles, geckos, chameleons, hamsters, guinea pigs, tortoises, and more! We look forward to adding you and your pets to the Atta Boy! family