Meet The Founder:

Stephanie Surjan​

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I founded Chicago Urban Pets in 2013. Building this service from the ground up has been a a real labor of love, and allows me to be self-employed which is important to me.

My formal education is in Architecture an Design but animals have always been a big part of my life (I grew up with horses). So when I’m not loving on pets and chatting with their hoomans, you can find me teaching at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Can’t wait to meet you!

Katy Powers

Weekend Dog Walker / Cat Sitter/ Overnight Pet Sitter

I’m a social work student at Aurora University and work at an Addictions Treatment Center in Chicago during the week. 

I wholey believe that our pets are family and should be treated as such. The bond we share with them is special. They bring so much joy into our lives and deserve the very best care. I am excited to love and care for your furry family members! 

​​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since September 2021.


Vanessa Nwosu

overnight pet sitter

I’m currently a junior at DePaul University Chicago where I major in User Experience Design with a minor in Film Production. I was born in Nigeria but have lived in the US since 2015. However, I moved to Chicago in 2019 for school. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and solving jigsaw puzzles.

I recently adopted a 3-year-old short-haired tabby cat named Chubs who has a little bit of social anxiety as he was neglected by his previous owners. Giving him all the care, love, attention and snuggles is something that I love doing and warms my heart.

​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since in December 2021.

Kimberly Cox weekday dog walker / cat sitter

Kimberly Cox

Weekday Dog walker / Cat sitter

I am so glad to be working with Chicago Urban Pets. I have been a Feline Foster parent with the Oak Park Animal Care League for many years prior to fostering, I was a volunteer dog  walker for the shelter.
My passion for animals motivates me to provide them with the highest level of care and companionship. Having owned many pets over the years I understand the importance of trusting someone with your beloved furry friend.

I am committed to giving the best care to both you and your furry friend. My goal is to make your day easier by ensuring that your pet enjoys a great time of exercise and loving companionship. It would be my pleasure to help you by caring for your beloved pet while you are away. I will love and care for them as if they were my own.

I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since February 2022.

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Rena Brady

Dog Walker / Cat Sitter / Overnight Pet Sitter

Animals and photography, my two great loves, have been part of my life for years as I’ve wandered across the US and Europe. Chicago has always felt most like home and after 11 years in Texas, I’m so happy to be back. 
The furkids in my life are senior rescues with medical challenges and make me smile and laugh all through the day. 
I can’t wait to meet your sweet babies and promise to care for them as you would.

​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since in May 2022.

Iryna Chekanska

Weekday Dog Walker / Cat sitter

I’m photographer from Ukraine.

I have two cats (Bublyk and Shket) and one dog (Baks) But because of the war in my country they stayed with my grandmother. I miss them so much.

I love to travel, dance, walk a lot, read psychology books and make funny TikTok videos. Pets bring a lot of positive emotions into our lives. I’m very happy to be able to spend the time with your furry friends.

​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since in May 2022.

Emma Lamke

weekend manager

I am a current student at Loyola University studying social work! I grew up in Kansas City but I am now in the great city of Chicago to study and explore.  

I have a two rescue pets that are my whole world. My dog is named Indira and she loves to go on long walks on the beach. My cats name is Ernestine and she enjoys to sunbathe all day long!

In my free time I enjoy being outside, creating art, or reading a good book. I also enjoy spending time fostering animals and finding their forever homes! 

​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since in May 2022.

Julia Guillory

pet sitter & dog walker

Originally from Texas, I came to Chicago to study fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 and have since called it home.

I love Chicago, however the move has left a big dog (or cat!) shaped hole in my heart and I’m excited to share that love again with you and yours!

I grew up in a household of weenie dogs (Gumbo, Blessi) who loved to cuddle and play, but mostly cuddle, and a goofy black lab (Cash) I adore pets of all breeds and ages, but I especially have a soft spot for senior dogs.

Aside from sitting, I am a tour guide at a local art museum as well as an occasional freelance illustrator. In my free time you are likely to find me trying out a new restaurant or enjoying some live music.
I look forward to meeting your furry friends!

​I’ve been with Chicago Urban Pets since in August 2022.

Reina Williams

weekday dog walker / cat sitter

I’m currently attending Chamberlain College of Nursing to get my BSN. I think every kind of animal is cute or cool.

I’ve always wanted to work with animals in some way, whether it be rescue work, veterinary, or getting to love and pet them for hours.

I love to engage with animals and be active with them. I think it’s important to read animals and give them respect, so I always treat animals how I treat my dog (Bo Jack<3).

If your pet could give me a review they would say: “Great rubs. Lots of fun. Too much Harry Styles and British accents”.

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