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Charity Drives

Spring Hop and Shop, Gambrills Fundraiser to benefit Sarah’s House

Join us for this fundraiser celebrating local, small business…

Fun, Prizes, Raffles, Demos and a celebration of small business. All raffle proceeds to benefit Sarah’s House, shelter for women.

Small Business Spring Event

Sophie Says “Check Yourself!!”


This weeks post is dedicated to anyone who has been touched by the awful disease of breast cancer.  Whether you have suffered through the disease yourself or watched a loved one endure the hell of chemo & radiation, it seems we have all been affected by breast cancer in some way or another.

I thought I knew a lot about breast cancer until I sat down & started  gathering info for this blog.  The numbers are staggering and truly surprised me.  Don’t get me wrong, scientists have made huge strides toward fighting this disease but they still have such a long way to go.  Here are a few facts I learned:


The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are:

  • Being female
  • Getting older

All women are at risk for breast cancer. The risk of getting breast cancer increases as you age. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women aged 50 and older

No matter your age, you should know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any changes, see your health care provider.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.  About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

At Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters, LLC, we are not only worried about your animals being cared for properly but we also want our clients healthy & happy for as long as possible.  We would like every woman out there, regardless of race, age, creed, religion or finances, to be given the opportunity of a having a mammogram performed. We will be donating $5 from every new JGPS client in the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. We would also like to urge all women out there to know how to properly perform a self breast exam as this is where a majority of women realize something is wrong which leads them to get a mammogram done which could end up helping to save their lives.

Please follow this link from Johns Hopkins University to learn the technique for a breast self exam:,P00135/




I would love to have everyone who reads this blog to have a chance to remember someone you love who has had breast cancer whether they lost their battle, have been survivors for 10 years or are currently fighting for their life…please type the persons name & relation to you & feel free to share the story of how it affected you.  Knowledge truly is power and I am hoping I have helped at least one person reading this, as scary as it may be, to call & make that appointment for a mammogram because we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken, right?

Thanks for taking time to stop by our blog page.  Sophie will be back next week with more of her crazy puppy stories but in the meantime she says “CHECK YOURSELF” and remind your friends & loved ones to do the same.

Peace, Love & Paws, Cara








Baby its gonna be getting cold outside!


Hey All!  Cara here today – I was finally able to get my laptop out of the paws of the pups so that I can write the blog this week.  Let me tell you, that task was harder than you may think especially after Bear was able to get so much off his chest in his post/vent from last week.  Sophie is practically bursting at the seams wanting to share so many stories with you all as  she is going 2 weeks without being able to write “her blog” but I explained how important it is that I “borrow” her page this week & she seemed to understand (then again I might want to sleep with one eye open tonight, just in case! LOL), but I digress…

Now, back to the purpose of this weeks blog.  Three years ago Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters, LLC & myself teamed up to collect winter clothing for men, women & children in need. Well although it was a beautiful weekend we can all think back to the brutal winter Marylanders endured last year & its safe to assume this is going to be another doozie if you believe in the Farmers Almanac.  SOOO, we are back at it again this year and will be partnering with Sarah’s House in Anne Arundel County & Operation BOLT— the Blankets Of Love Tour in Towson MD.  They both do fantastic work and are deserving of any help anyone can give.

We got started a little late last year with the collections so we are trying to do this before the cold hits & people are without sufficient clothing to keep them warm.  We are accepting:

  • Coats
  • Gloves
  • Hats & Scarves
  • Blankets
  • Backpacks (a lot of people  don’t realize the homeless have very little to their names & the small amount of things they do have, they end up carrying around in trash bags, so backpacks & gym bags are definitely needed)
  • Hand & Feet Warmers to put inside shoes & gloves (like they sell at sporting goods stores)
  • and basically anything else you all can think of to help those in need

Let me very honest & tell you that this is beyond near & dear to my heart.  I had moved away from Howard County back in 2003 and when I came back to the area  for a family emergency I found myself with nowhere to stay let alone live & there  happened to be a storm that night that left almost a foot of snow on the ground.  I barely made it to Grassroots Shelter (one of the most amazing organizations) trudging thru the snow in jeans, tennis shoes & a jacket – thanks be to God that a police cruiser saw me,  stopped & took me to the shelter.  When I got there the place was overflowing but I was grateful to be in out of the snow so when they told me the floor was the only place available to sleep I was completely fine with that…and that is where I lived for almost a month on & off between couch surfing at friends.  The shelter had woman & their children there & to see these people with their kids & a bag full of belongings killed me to no end.  So this is how I know how bad it is to be on the streets and the truth is its not always what others think it is.  When you see a homeless person, be honest, one of the 1st things we think are “look at that druggie” and I have learned firsthand that’s a total misconception. I will get off my soap box now…lol but just wanted to stress why I feel so deeply about this.

Anyway, the main point here is I know we have a lot of great clients & a lot of great friends & I think we will surpass the collections of the past 3 years this year by getting an early jump on it. I will make arrangements for all donations to be picked up & delivered. All you all need to do is go through your closets & start taking out stuff you haven’t used in God knows how long & probably went “out of style” 5 minutes after you bought it with the way fashion is these days but that’s ok because believe me homeless people aren’t worried about how they look – they’re just trying to get through another day on the streets without freezing.

Please call me at 443-878-3883 & I will set up a time to pick up whatever everyone can spare.  Every little bit helps so even if u have a coat or 2 that would be fantastic. We will be continuing the collections through out the winter months so please tell others about this…a flier will be going around AA County & Baltimore areas very soon but word of mouth & social media can do way more than a flier.  Your assistance is sooo appreciated.  Also if you know anyone who needs assistance please let me know & I will do whatever I  can to help them get the resources they need.

Thank you all a million times over.  We can only keep what we have by giving it away folks!

Peace, Love & Fur, Cara



Eagle Scout Project for Cheryl’s Rescue Ranch

Cheryls Rescue Ranch home for Abused Animals

August 9th, 2o14

We will be picking up items at the Crofton PetCo that
Cheryl’s Rescue Ranch needs to maintain the supplies needed to take care of all their animals. The Cheryl’s Rescue Ranch Supply Drive is an Eagle Scout project by Kyle Allen, and sponsored by Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters. We will be collecting the items in several locations, see the flier for details

Jens Gentle Pet Sitters Animal Rescue Fundraiser

Lab Rescue

Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club, Potomac

labs-walkingLab Rescue is seeking your support for our 5th Annual Lab Rescue Dog Walk in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, June 1, 2013.  The walk, which draws hundreds of volunteers, adopters, and supporters from throughout the Washington metropolitan area, is Lab Rescue’s biggest annual fund raiser.  Our goal this year is to raise $75,000 in pledges to provide our rescued Labs with essential and emergency veterinary care.

Lab Rescue is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, vetting, fostering and adopting out abandoned and neglected Labrador Retrievers.  Founded in 2001, we have served the Washington metropolitan area for more than 20 years.  We take in strays and owner give-ups from shelters, and we try to keep Labs out of shelters by providing owners the ability to place their dogs directly in a new home approved by Lab Rescue.  Sometimes we heal the dog’s spirit, but we also treat broken bones, deadly diseases such as Heartworm, Lyme and Erlichia, cancerous lumps, and parasitic conditions.  Our veterinarian and kennel costs continue to rise, and constitute 97% of our expenditures.  Our success in continuing our lifesaving work depends entirely on the generous donations we receive and the unwavering commitment of our volunteers.  In 2012, we saved over 1,000 Labrador Retrievers and found them what we happily refer to as “forever homes.”

Lab Rescue is seeking donations of incentive prizes, such as gift certificates, to award to the walkers who raise the most in pledges.  Would you kindly consider donating a gift certificate or item to be used as an incentive prize for the walk?  Last year’s Lab Rescue Dog Walk drew more than 250 participants, raised $60,000 in pledges, and enabled us to rescue 100 more Labs in 2012 than we were able to rescue in 2011. With your support, we can continue our lifesaving work.  Lab Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and your monetary or in-kind contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Our federal ID number is 52-1880024.

For additional information, contact Lab Rescue(240) 299-2952 or by email at Thank you in advance for your support.

Article Submitted by: Carol Lagundo, Vice President, Lab Rescue of the LRCP


Thanks You for Supporting Sarahs House

7 Large Bags Donated to Sarah’s House

beagle-happySarahs House received 7 large bags of winter goods from clients and friends of Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters.  Sarahs House provides safe shelter, daily meals, and personal, as well as professional, casework support for those in need. As a supportive housing program for homeless families, Sarah’s House is much more than just a safe place to sleep. Our goal is to effect positive change in the families that are served.

I was very touched by all of the kind donations and want to send a special thanks to everyone who supported this drive!” – Jen, Owner of Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters


Sarah House Donations

JGPS Collecting Sarah House Donations

Hat, Gloves, Scarf and Coat Collection 2013 Warmth for Winter

dog sitting during a walk


Sarah house donations will be collected by Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters. The saying “Baby, it’s cold outside” is all too familiar for those who are without the essentials to keep them warm at this time of the year. We, the pets of Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters, LLC, have decided that you don’t have enough “fur” to keep warm like we do (well maybe not all of us). You have been so good to us throughout the year, we want to help give back to you! Please join us in our first WARMTH FOR WINTER collection by donating your new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves and coats. Donations will be collected until January 31, 2013 and donations will be made to Sarah House in Ft. Meade.

Please drop off (or call for pick up) all donations at 525 JoAnn Drive, Odenton. There will be a large bin out front to safely keep your donations dry. Thanks very much for your help!