Founder, Animal Rescuer
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Karin Johansson retired in 2019 after 17 years in private practice as a podiatrist here in NYC.
For more than 8 years, Karin volunteered for an animal rescue group by fostering cats and kittens, and this fulfilling experience led her to this next step - starting up her own cat-sitting business in February of 2015, and soon after that she earned the designation of Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) from Pet Sitters International. In December of 2020, Karin took PSI's course Pet First Aid & CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals.
This business will be another way of giving back to these animals who give us so much love, as a portion 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.
Karin's newest venture will include remodeling her vintage camper (named Gidget!) and checking out as many of our national parks as she can.
Meet the Team
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Cassandre - 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 likely laughing at a funny cat video. Cassandre also helps for care for her neighborhood's feral cat colonies and does TNR work.
Vanessa - Manhattan-based, cat-obsessed Real Estate Agent. Interests include: art, nature, dad jokes, music, magic, science, vegetarian cooking, wine, and the multitude of amazing secrets and surprises that exist in this incredible city.
Linda - Raised by a German Shepherd, spoke dog before English! Many cats have taught her to speak cat. Has volunteered with rescue groups, & 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) in Feb, 2018.
Petra - She is the proud parent of an amazing cat named Theo. Earned a certificate from Pet Sitters Int'l - Pet-Care Basics for Professional Pet Sitters - in Dec 2018. Petra is otherwise occupied being an actor & marketing manager, as well as hosting the occasional trivia night!
Kathleen - has had cats her entire life, currently a devoted mother to rescues Sebastian & Kitty Cordelia. Kathleen loves living in the E. Village, finding it the perfect venue for her street photography. She has had two solo exhibitions! Also enjoys vegetarian cooking, crafting, and art museums.
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.
Olivia - hails from Boston, MA. Her life has been shared with animals, including her darling 16-year-old cat, Lily! Has volunteered in shelters and helped with fostering alongside her mom. Olivia enjoys dancing, listening to music, cooking, and watching the best shows on Netflix in her spare time!
Julia - lover of all animals, 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.
Deb - has shared a home with 11 cats (so far), & currently has 3. A photographer whose cat photos are top sellers! A volunteer, Deb sews dog beds & toys for NYC shelter animals. Taking in lots of culture with her husband is a top priority.
Kat - Born & raised in NYC, a part-time college student of American History, & mother to 3 kitties named Bella, Chester, & Darwin. She has also had dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, & fish. She enjoys writing, watching basketball, & reading true crime stories.
Brooke - Grew up in California around cats & humbly considers herself a "cat whisperer." A former flight attendant & piano teacher, her interests include singing, bowling, swimming, & roller skating. She currently has two adopted cats: Raisin & Mambo.
Toni - From the Midwest, grew up with cats & dogs, and respects animals for their work on the farm. She believes that city animals are very important in reducing stress. Loves taking cat photos and capturing their mischievous personalities. A cat nanny for 10 yrs, Toni also volunteers in a shelter & writes country music.
Natalie - Native New Yorker, occasional Chicagoan (volunteer at PAWS Chicago), & mother to current cat Kiki. Balancing work as a stage manager, watching as much basketball as she can, & demanding to meet the cats of all her friends.
Flo - raised in Seattle, New Yorker at heart. Currently owned by a demanding tabby named Pippin (after the musical, not Lord of the Rings!). Getting her PhD in clinical psychology. When not trying to pet every cat and dog in NYC, she enjoys rock climbing, board games, & dressing up as comic book characters.
Danya - loving mother to a Russian blue named Brian, activist, artist, and yoga enthusiast. Vermont native who left the mountains behind for a BA in Political Science & Art, then a career in the nonprofit sector. Experienced in caring for cats, dogs, horses, lizards, rodents, and children.
Elena - adopted her own baby boy from the ASPCA shelter. Lives in Jersey City, working on her BA in Elementary Childhood Education. She loves cooking, yoga, meditation, books and taking selfies with cats. She trained her cat to use a human toilet…no joke!
Dana - has owned 4 kitties and has been cat-sitting for over 14 years. Loves to frequent cat cafes! Volunteered at animal shelters during high school & college, and at the "Goat House Refugee" in NC, a sanctuary providing cage-free care for cats until a loving adoptive home can be found.
Matthew - originally from Florida, he spent his high school years volunteering at his local shelter and supported himself during college working in pet retail. He’s a freelance writer living in Manhattan and working as the human servant to his two cats.
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.
Serving New York City
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