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Because pets remind us of the important things in life: connection, love, companionship, playing, naps, and sun; Sarah’s Pet Care Revolution seeks to give back as much to them as they give us. We want to make your pets as comfortable as possible, show them how much we care, and keep their routine consistent even when their owner cannot be home. As the security of your pet and your home is important to us, each staff member has undergone a full criminal background check. Our core values include integrity, warmth, responsibility, intuitiveness, and sense of humor. All of our staff members bring these attributes to their work in addition to experience with cats and dogs and First Aid/CPR training, ensuring that you and your pet receive the best service possible.

SARAH COVERT, Owner & CEO

Sarah Covert is a native New Orleanian and alumna of Benjamin Franklin High School and Newcomb College of Tulane University, where she earned a BA in Women’s Studies and a BS in Psychology.  Prior to establishing Sarah’s Pet Care Revolution in November 2010, Sarah was a nonprofit, social justice professional.  Previous positions include Recruitment Fellow, Teach For America; Program Associate and then Southern Strategy Coordinator, Ms. Foundation for Women; and Policy and Media Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.  Inspired by the sense of peace she felt around her own cats Matrix and Peanut, Sarah carried on her family’s tradition of entrepreneurship (Casey’s Snowballs, Covert’s Shoes, L&L Furrier), by starting a small business of her own. She is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Delgado and was a finalist for the 2016 Junior League Woman Entrepreneur Fellowship. Sarah is a Vice President of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section.

REBECCA MALPASS, COO

Rebecca received a B.S. in Psychology at Tulane University, where she designed her own program in Animal Behavior. Inspired by her experience training her rescued German  Shepherd/Rottweiler mix, Nyx, and caring for her two loving adorable cats, Rebecca learned working with animals was her calling. She worked as a Primate Research Assistant in Paraguay, an intern zoo keeper at Audubon Zoo, and has experience with insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and other wild and domesticated animals. Rebecca joined SPCR in July 2014 to serve as Pet Expert- Uptown, was promoted to Operations Manager in October 2015, and became the Chief Operating Officer in May 2017. 

CARLEY SELF, Director of Sales and Marketing & Lead Pet Expert – Westbank

Carley is a transplant from Birmingham, AL. She fell in love with New Orleans while managing the region as part of her work in Birmingham, and made it her permanent home in 2015. Carley has worked as a sales professional her entire adult life. By joining the team at SPCR in August 2017, she’s finally found a company that allows her to combine her love and passion for animals with her skills as a successful sales professional.  She also brings extensive knowledge of caring for exotic animals. Her house is home to 4 ferrets, 2 bearded dragons, a squirrel, several fresh water fish tanks with an array of fresh water creatures, and several foster kittens. She and her partner Chris are part of the Kitten Krewe with the LA-SPCA, and have a true passion for caring for bottle-baby rescues. Her goal is to use her skills as a sales professional to bring SPCR into as  many homes and lives as possible.   

ANGIE NGUYEN, Behavior Support Specialist & Lead Pet Expert – Lake Area 

Angie received her B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University. While completing her degree, Angie worked at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, the Charles Paddock Zoo, and San Luis Obispo’s Animal Services. She came to New Orleans in September 2013 to begin an internship with the Children’s Zoo at Audubon Zoo. Angie joined the SPCR team as the Pet Expert- Midcity/Lakeview in February 2014 and also began working as a Dog Handler at Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Metairie at that time. She was promoted to and served in a management position at Central Bark for two years and became the Behavior Support Specialist for SPCR. Angie received her certification as a Dog Obedience Trainer in 2016 and started as a full-time Lead Pet Expert and the Behavior Support Specialist in May 2017.

LACIE EVANS, Lead Pet Expert – Downtown

Lacie transplanted to what she feels is her true home, New Orleans, in early 2009. Since then, she has volunteered with Animal Rescue New Orleans, and worked as a veterinary assistant and overnight caretaker for pets. “I spend more time with animals now than I do with people on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t love that?” After growing up with multiple hamsters and fish, as well as rescued cats and a dog, Lacie now resides with her best friend, Baxter, a five year-old lab mix. When Lacie isn’t working, she enjoys travel and new experiences- cave river-tubing and parasailing are just two of those. She’s an active bicyclist and music-lover, and has a vast knowledge of assorted, random facts. Lacie also has a strange love for algebra. Yes, really: algebra. She joined the SPCR team in March 2016 and was promoted to Lead Pet Expert in May 2017.

ALISHA KNOX, Lead Pet Expert – Uptown

Whether Alisha is living in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee or her long-time home in Duluth, Georgia, the one constant in her life is dogs. She had many dogs growing up and then started working with them straight out of high school. She hasn’t looked back since: “It’s proven to be a rewarding and exciting career path whether I am grooming them, caring for them, or simply giving them the company and attention they love.” Since the beginning of her career caring for dogs at a kennel, she has gone on to managing doggy daycares and bathing and grooming dogs professionally for the past 8 years. She and her husband (newlyweds as of June 2017!) relocated to New Orleans in 2014 to take over his family’s bicycle shop, so Alisha plans on staying in town and getting to know all the pups of New Orleans! There is never a moment without dogs in Alisha’s life, as one of her favorite hobbies is hanging out with her own two black labs, Georgie and Lily.

JOHN McCORKLE, Pet Expert – Uptown

John came to the Sarah’s Pet Care Revolution team with glowing reviews from pet sitting clients he served in Atlanta after retiring from a 30+ year career in computer programming and information services.  He relocated to New Orleans to be near friends (including those who are also friends of Sarah’s family) and joined our team in July 2013. John is an avid reader, specifically enjoying mystery novels by authors Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and James Lee Burke.

GLORIA GARCIA, Pet Expert – Uptown

Gloria’s grandfather was a pilot, so he flew his family into his favorite city of New Orleans from their home of Tegucigalpa, Honduras all the time for vacations. Gloria’s parents fell in love with the city as well and moved the family here in 2002. While she works toward her nursing degree, Gloria decided to devote her caring and loving nature into a field that truly appreciates and benefits from it–animals! “Animals have always been my safe zone. The love and affection an animal gives you will never be found anywhere else.” She and her family have been rescuing dogs for the past 5 years, including her two Bichon Frises, JoJo and LaLa. Gloria has been working at a local doggy daycare for two years, and when she’s not with dogs, she likes to read, hike, and work her magic as a makeup artist.

 

FRANCES MELGAR, Pet Expert – Uptown

Frances received a B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University while working with a fantasic organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She spent 3 years training and socializing German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Labrador puppies to prepare them to work as guide dogs. The skills from this organization helped her with her newest rescue dog. After graduating, Frances worked as an inern zookeeper with a wildlife rehabilitation clinic in Nelspruit, South Africa and a small zoo in North Carolina. Most of her knowledge about domestic house cats actually came from school and working alongside their wild cousins! She absolutely loves to enjoy nature, and frequently hikes, backpacks, and travels to national parks, beaches, and remote places with her three dogs while her three hermit crabs stay with a friend.

 

HANNAH JENKINS, Pet Expert – Lake Area

Hannah moved into New Orleans from Covington in 2015 to start her college education in the nursing field. As a student at UNO, Hannah loves spending her spare time with her dogs in City Park and exploring every hiking trail, festival, and event this city has to offer. It’s even better if her pups can tag along–Hannah loves having animal companionship with her! She grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets…any furry creature you can think of, she probably has had! She received lots of first hand experience with many different types of dogs while working at a local doggy daycare for the past two years. “I’m a sucker for any animal; they win me over in one second flat. Being in college, working with and being around animals is so therapeutic because they’re so unconditionally loving and happy–it lifts my own spirits being around them.”

 

GINNY FISHER, Pet Expert – Lake Area

Ginny is originally from Houma, LA, but made New Orleans her home over 8 years ago. Her first job as a teenager was as a bather and groomer in a grooming shop. She also worked as a veterinary technician, and is currently the owner of Puppy Picasso, an  organization dedicatied to making special moments with pets through art. Her passions have always been art and animals, so combining the two was an easy choice. In addition to Puppy Picasso, Ginny regularly plays the role of foster mom to rescue dogs (her special weakness is for the senior ones!) and is now an SPCR Pet Expert.