Melinda Mitchell is a trained veterinary technician with an unusual affinity for animals. She stays at Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, where she has responsibility for 80 animals, while I am on vacation. She will go to any length to keep from interrupting my vacation, unless an animal's welfare is at stake.
While staying at Thundering Paws, Melinda taught our blind cat, Georgia, to eat on her own. Before that, Georgia had to be syringe fed twice a day. Georgia began lapping her specially prepared formula under Melinda's patient tutelage.
I have seen Melinda vaccinate a semi-feral cat without assistance. I have watched her quiet a bunny rabbit who was getting his nails trimmed. She routinely calms hyperactive dogs. I would trust her with any animal here, which is to say, with any animal.
Melinda did not miss a day of work when she severely injured herself. She is the most dependable person I know. If Melinda says she will perform a task, I consider it done and no longer think about it.
A few years ago, Thundering Paws adopted a recovered feral cat to Melinda. Fabio had made the decision to become a tame cat and he was well on his way when he and Melinda met. However, under Melinda's care, Fabio has turned into a celebrity among our circle of volunteers and workers. Melinda extols Fabio's virtues, but I don't believe that his dog-like devotion is due to anything but Melinda's love and bonding with him.
Melinda Mitchell has been working for Austin Canine Central in doggie daycare for the past year. As a Vet Technologist she brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her job each day.
Her knowledge enables her to quickly see health issues that sometimes arise, and to take appropriate steps to guide the owner and help the animal. Melinda works well with all the animals, maintains a level of cleanliness, and is extremely reliable.
I have no qualms in recommending her pet sitting experience to everyone.
Cats Too! As a mommy to four boy kitties, I'm very happy to have found Melinda who's a great surrogate when I'm out of town. The boys love her and I trust her implicitly with my "kids." Available when needed (often on short notice!), totally dependable and a pro around kitties (even those with health problems - I wouldn't leave town with my second-youngest's tummy stitched up after bladder surgery if it weren't for Melinda to look after him), Melinda has come to my rescue repeatedly. I recommend Melinda wholeheartedly and am available to provide a personal reference anytime.