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Small World Pet Sitters, LLC is owned and operated by Ann Simkins and Boni Montellano, a wife and husband team, animals lovers, and long-time Brooklyn residents. They have three fantastic cats, Bella, Meca and Stanley.
Small World Pet Sitters, LLC is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and is insured and bonded.
Ann has cared for animals since she was a little girl. Her first pets were Coco, a toy poodle, and Morris, an orange tabby. Ann, a professional photographer and the former art director of New York Living, began volunteering at KittyKind, a cat rescue and adoption group, in June of 2007 and served as its Director of Communications and Board Member until April 2010. Ann had always wished to be more involved in the welfare of animals, and one day, when a friend asked Ann to house sit for her senior cat while she was away on vacation, the idea for Small World Pet Sitters, LLC was born.
Boni has been around animals his entire life and has a deep respect for all living creatures. Raised in the farmlands of Mexico, Boni cared for chickens, turkeys, goats, horses, and cows. When he was eighteen, his family gave him a calf, which he named “Sarda.” Sarda became Boni’s pet, and she lived a long and happy life on his family’s farm for twenty years until she passed away from old age. Boni also serves as a KittyKind event volunteer.
In addition to his animal caretaking experience, Boni is a diesel mechanic by trade and a self-taught artist. He is a long-standing member of Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, where his work is shown annually. His oil-paintings have been sold to private art collectors and he is commissioned often for portraits.
How We Got Our Name: During a home visit in Manhattan with a potential client, the client and Ann spoke of many things, including the NYC-based television program Law & Order and the fact that Ann’s aunt had guest-starred on the show. As it turned out, Ann was not available to pet sit for the client as she would be out of town attending a family event on the same weekend the client requested, and not only that, but in the same greater DC area that client was visiting. The coincidences went even further: That morning of the family event, Ann’s aunt called and said, “Guess what?” By chance, Ann’s aunt had met Ann’s potential client at the Kennedy Center—and the two women had never met before. What a small world!
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