Dr. Karin Johansson has been a podiatrist in private practice in Manhattan for over 16 years. In addition to caring for and helping people, she has always had a great love for all animals, and has been a pet parent for most of her life.
For the past 5 years, Karin has been volunteering with an animal rescue group by fostering cats and kittens, and this fulfilling experience has taken her to this next step - starting up her own cat-sitting business. She earned the designation of Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) from Pet Sitters International in early 2015.
This business will be another way of giving back to these animals who give us so much love, as a percentage of the gross earnings from Gotham City Cat Care will be donated to the NYC-based rescue group that is so near and dear to Karin's heart, Ready for Rescue.
Founder, Animal Lover
Meet the Team
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Cassandre - lifelong cat lover. When not cuddling with her kitties or making a batch of homemade cat food, you can find her at choir practice or volunteering, but more than likely laughing hysterically at a funny cat video. Covers Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Patty - lover of books, lipstick, and cats. PhD student in Psychology. Originally from Texas, but now considers NYC as her real home. Heroes include Nancy Drew and Ina Garten. Covers Manhattan.
Jan - avid animal lover, nature lover, adventurer and artist; now cat-sitting full time. Includes a hamster among her clients, and has cared for a parrot as well. Covers Manhattan, mostly the west side.
Maxine - native Floridian, in NYC pursuing a Master's degree in psychology. She has a cat named Lux whom she considers her first-born child! Maxine loves all animals and really enjoys working for GCCC. Covers Manhattan,mostly the UES.
Corey - cat-sitting client turned cat sitter; grad student at Columbia. A born-and-raised NYer, he loves playing piano, morning yoga, and making quesadillas while listening to podcasts. Mostly he loves his new kitten, Luna. Covers Manhattan.
Brittany - an Army Brat who currently calls NYC home. Her kitties, Socks & Eclipse, are two different sides of the kitty cat coin, which is what makes them so great! Brittany loves musical theatre, paralegal work, and ...cats! Covers Queens, mostly in Sunnyside and along the 7 train.
Vanessa - Manhattan-based, cat-obsessed Real Estate Agent. Interests include: cats, art, nature, dad jokes, music, magic, science, vegetarian cooking, delicious wine, and the multitude of amazing secrets and surprises that exist in this incredible city. Covers Manhattan.
Linda - raised by a German Shepherd, spoke dog before English! Since then, a number of cats have taught her to speak cat. Has volunteered with rescue groups and her hobby is making jewelry. She volunteers at a senior center teaching chair yoga. Linda completed the Pet-care Basics for Professional Pet Sitters course (thru Pet Sitters Int'l) on Feb. 16, 2018. Covers the east side of Manhattan - from top to bottom!
Jenny - hails from Cocoa Beach, Fl, a cat parent for 20+ years. She has cared for both kittens & seniors alike. When not caring for furry little critters, she spends time acting and producing, and runs a non-profit theater. Covers upper Manhattan.
Emmy - animal advocate and activist. Worked in veterinary hospitals while at NYU, and then for ten years. Emmy has been pet sitting for 30+ years. She enjoys tennis, walking around Manhattan, reading, and orchestral/dance performances. Covers Jersey City and Manhattan.
Petra - life-long animal lover and very excited to be on the Gotham City Cat Care team! She and her husband are the proud parents of an amazing cat named Theo. Petra is otherwise occupied being an actor and marketing manager. Covers Upper Manhattan.
Katelyn - Brooklyn-based visual artist and self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. She is an avid animal lover and excited to be part of the GCCC team. When not caring for cats, she spends time painting, reading, and volunteering at an animal shelter. Covers Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Faith - lifelong animal lover and cat mom to Corona. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga (an interest her cat shares!), visiting parks and museums, improv comedy and burlesque shows, and watching too much Netflix. At social gatherings you can usually find her befriending the host's pets.
Monica - cat mom to Cersei & Khaleesi, beautiful West African kitties who relentlessly stay true to their names, even on airplane rides. When not hanging with her little queens, you can find her volunteering with children or the elderly, doing her own nail art, or at afrobeats dance class. Covers Brooklyn and sometimes lower Manhattan.
Kathleen - has had cats her entire life, currently a devoted mother to rescues Sebastian & Kitty Cordelia. Kathleen loves living in the East Village, and finds it the perfect venue for her street photography. She has had two solo exhibitions. She also enjoys vegetarian cooking, crafting, and art museums and galleries. Covers the East Side of Manhattan.
Tom - an Englishman in New York who has lived with cats since an early age. Tom and his wife share their UES home with two playful cats (and a Labrador-Husky dog). Tom works as a stand-up comedy producer and enjoys strolling Manhattan, meeting new people and helping out the city’s cats.
Diana - a cat lover who devotes her attention to her black-and-white domestic shorthair, Fanny. Diana is an educator who holds a PhD in theatre. When not playing with Fanny, she enjoys reading, writing, and drawing.
James - has always had a great love & respect for all animals. He has cared for animals in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters and hospitals, through pet sitting and wildlife rehabilitation volunteer work. When not working, he enjoys binge-watching Netflix, spending time with family and friends, and going to see live music.
Krystal - a recent Psychology graduate who considers herself a cat lover, but has a soft spot for all. She has two cats who are her babies, Bebo and Venus. In her spare time she likes painting with acrylics, reading mystery novels, doing yoga and taking long walks in nature.
Olivia - an animal lover originally from Boston, MA. Her entire life has been shared with animals, including her darling 16-year old cat named Lily! She has volunteered in shelters and helped with foster care alongside her mom. Olivia enjoys dancing, listening to music, cooking, and watching the best shows on Netflix in her spare time!
Tania - Born to be a very passionate animal lover with 20+ years of experience with cats. She's not a "regular" mom, but a cool, proud cat mom of Bobby and Gracie. Her days consist of meditating, reading, baking and working on her artistic ideas.
Julia - an avid animal lover, her absolute favorite thing is spending time with her sweet orange kitty baby. Besides this, she loves singing, dancing, drinking coffee, watching Gilmore Girls, and living in NYC.
Brian - cat lover, screenwriter, has even done pet-sitting for a parrot and a bunny! Covers Manhattan, occasionally outer boros.
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All of our cat sitters are bonded and undergo criminal background checks on the national level. We carry smartphones outfitted with the Red Cross Pet First Aid app, have vast experience with cats and administering many types of medications, and have a true love for all animals, especially cats. As the business grows, we anticipate having all sitters trained in Pet First Aid so that all special medical needs are met with consistent, responsive care.
Because "life" happens and sometimes your sitter may have a personal emergency, we always have back-up sitters available so your cats enjoy a seamless transition and are never left without care.