Meet The Pet Resort Team
Paws Here Awhile is family owned and operated. Come meet our members!
"I have always had a passion for caring for animals. This led to my life long direction of over 50 years in the pet care industry. I established Sue's Pet Parlor in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, operating a successful grooming facility for over 30 years. With a vision in mind for a stress-free environment for pets to stay, I created the state-of-the-art facility, Paws Here Awhile Pet Resort, established now over 18 years. As President of Animal Care & Welfare, Inc., I welcome homeless pets to share this multi-use facility. These pets thrive and appreciate this safe environment in order to transition into a forever home. Living on the premises allows me hands on care for all boarding and adoption pets along with a dedicated professional staff that have a passion for caring for pets 7 days a week."
Pet Care Professional
Sue goes by "Sue 2" because it gets a little confusing with two people named Sue at the Resort! She has worked at the Resort since 2005 and absolutely has found her job for life. Sue previously worked at an animal shelter in West Virginia, caring for countless sick homeless pets. She has a genuine compassion for all pets which makes her a great care taker. Sue has 2 dogs and lots of cats of her own. All vacationing pets at the Resort greet her with lots of kisses and tail wags.
Pet Care Professional and Marketing Director
Carolyn joined the Pet Resort team in November of 2013, and we are so fortunate to have her bright smile and pet smarts! Carolyn has her Bachelors of Science in Biology, and she has worked as an Emergency Vet Technician for over 25 years. Her love of animals continues to keep her in the pet care field, and that is where she is her happiest. She currently has 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of small critters that keep her busy at home!
Pet Care Professional
Callie started with us when she dedicated her volunteer time starting late 2018. She quickly became one of the staff members. With a total passion for animals, Callie has 4 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 horses. Her smiling, happy personality reflects in all she does while caring for all the vacationing pets. We love having her part of our team!
Sam came to the Pet Resort volunteering 30 hours for her Senior Project. Her motivation and natural ability to care for pets has kept her here after completing her Senior Project and graduating from high school in 2011! She graduated from Penn State University with her undergrad in Animal Science. She learned her grooming skills and techniques from the master herself-- Sue Krul! Sam has a devoted clientele who love her grooming abilities. She truly is an artist with the scissors!
Website & Newsletter Editor
Nikki has always had a big heart for animals. She worked in a corporate environment in the Human Resources Department for 3 years before she decided to leave and join us at the Pet Resort in early Spring 2011. Though she no longer physically works at the Pet Resort, she works for us behind the scenes by maintaining our website and writing our monthly newsletters.
She and her family own 2 big silly rescue dogs.
Director of Play Department
Griz is a true professional. He knows how to get the party started at the Pet Resort! Griz's outgoing and playful personality is repeatedly introduced to groups of doggy guests who love to get their play drive going. His high energy burning ways help our guests burn off some energy of their own! We guarantee your pet will sleep soundly after playtime with Griz.
Porsha is the Social Interaction Director of the play yard. She is in charge of making sure that timid pets have a chance to interact with a great mother figure. Porsha is always there to welcome new vacationers and make them feel part of the activities. If you have a dog that needs to build confidence or just learn to play, Porsha will take care of them with her mild, happy demeanor.
Bricker is our most recent professional addition to Paws Here Awhile Pet Resort, filling in a very important position-- Activities Director! He helped develop and put together the Resort's NEW Vacation Packages. You can check them out here! He has personally tested each and every one of these packages, and they get his official seal of approval. Trust Bricker... he knows how to have fun, and he would never steer your pet in the wrong direction!