Meet Our Pet Sitters

Jessica Burrell Wilkens

Owner of Helping Hands Pet Care & Full Time Pet Sitter

Jessica grew up with cats, dogs, a cockatiel, a hamster, a rabbit, and ferrets. Her love for animals started as a young child. She has professionally worked with animals since 2005, when she decided to turn her passion for animals into a career. 

As a result of working at various grooming and boarding facilities, she found that a home environment was more relaxing for most pets. That's why she started Helping Hands Pet Care. So pets could enjoy all the love and attention, but still be in the comfort of their own home.  

Jessica loves finding that one spot that makes your kitty friend purr, and she has been known to have doggie dance parties at overnight sleep overs. Her favorite part of the job is seeing all the happy, smiling faces, tail wags, dog kisses and purrs, greet her at the door. 

Jessica and her team will go above and beyond to make sure your beloved pets are well taken care of while you are away! 

Jessica's Training

Jessica has completed multiple pet first aid and safety training courses, is experienced with administering medications and senior/puppy pet care. Jessica is a Certified Veterinary Support Assistant who has training in animal psychology, anatomy and physiology. She is also experienced with handling dogs with anxiety and behavioral issues, and has worked with animals having human trust issues, helping them along on their journey to becoming well socialized. She is a firm believer in positive reinforcement. She  has completed animal training and Professional Pet Sitting courses, and is a certified in pet nutrition, as well as knowledgeable in herbal supplements and natural remedies. 

Jessica's Contributions to our Community

Jessica has volunteered at The Nashville Humane Society, has worked with local rescue organizations as a groomer,  helped with transport, and has rescued and fostered dogs. Jessica has helped trap feral cats to be taken to get snipped and tipped. She also makes regular donations to local rescues to help pets in need. 

Sydney Merin

​Part Time Pet Sitter

Sydney has lived in East Nashville for 15 years. She has been an animal lover her whole life. She grew up with dogs, bunnies, fish and birds. Thats why she makes an excellent fit at Helping Hands Pet Care. Before joining the HHPC team Sydney was also providing pet sitting. She is a Certified Veterinary Support Assistant who has training in animal psychology, anatomy, physiology and pet first aid. Her best friend is her two year old beagle, Daisy Mae. She thinks a day without doggy kisses and kitty purrs is incomplete! 

Sara Williams

Part Time Pet Sitter

Sara is a long time East Nashvillian with a love for animals. Her dog Baxter is her favorite traveling companion and snuggle buddy.  Sara is a Certified Veterinary Support Assistant who has training in animal psychology, anatomy, physiology, and pet first aid. She enjoys puppy smiles, wagging tails, and kitty snuggles. She will treat all little buddies with the same care and love as her own when you use Helping Hands Pet Care. 

Foster Morris

Part Time Pet Sitter

Foster was born and raised in Spartanburg South Carolina, and moved to Nashville June 2016. Foster's first pets were a Toy Poodle named Maddie, and a rescue kitty named Abbie. Abbs had chronic health issues and was prone to ear infections and was a diabetic. She learned how to properly care for Abbs at a young age.  She now lives with 2 dogs, 3 cats and a Betta fish. She is a Certified Veterinary Support assistant who has training in animal psychology, anatomy, physiology, pet first aid, & animal nutrition. Her favorite part of working with animals is seeing them happy and the unconditional love they show.