We provide in-home care & companionship for the luckiest, happiest, most loved pets in Southern California.
Unlike other services, we build a bond with your pets and become their guardian while you're away on travel.
Founded by animal advocate Karen Smith, Minding the Roost was launched initially for friends and family, and has since grown to service a large part of the rescue community in Los Angeles' most amazing neighborhoods, like Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and Westlake Village.
Karen has worked in animal rights, as a veterinary emergency and surgical assistant, and she has volunteered with multiple rescue organizations, the most recent being Star Paws Rescue in Pacific Palisades, CA.
Some of Minding the Roost's repeat clients travel frequently for work in production; others are world travelers. Whatever their destination, our clients' feedback is full of gratitude that's palpable. Read some of them below.
Travel with peace of mind knowing that your four-legged (or feathered) family members are remaining home with their regular routine uninterrupted, and in the best of hands. Go see the world! We got this.
"Karen first stayed with our dogs, Jackpot and Lexi, when we had to make a last-minute trip to England. Jackpot had been sick for more than two years and needed special care. I was distraught about what to do. I had heard good things about Karen - almost too good to be true. Well, it was all true. She is hands down the best dog sitter I've ever met. Normally Jackpot is protective of us and Lexi is slow to warm up to people. Karen walked in the door and both dogs took to her right away. We left her with a 3-page list of instructions, including all the meds Jackpot takes, and had total confidence they would be well taken care of. All of the pictures and videos Karen sent showed them enjoying their time together. She made sure we felt connected even though we were more than 5,000 miles away. We are so happy to have found Karen and will welcome her back whenever we travel."
-Lisa C., Studio City, CA
"Fellow pet lovers, it doesn't get any better!!! Karen has been pet/house sitting for 5+ years for us. We love and trust her implicitly. She is the cool 😎 aunt to the pups. Her love of all animals is evident in the photos she takes on occasion for us and others. 👍🏿👍🏽"
-Anton M., Studio City, CA
Emmy Award Winning Producer
Yogi & Bear
"Karen is an exceptional human and animals love her! When we got our beautiful golden boys, Yogi and Bear, Karen was there to puppy sit and house sit. I've actually known Karen since grade school and I can vouch for her being trustworthy, responsible and reliable. As a bonus, she is an amazing photographer and will get some great shots of your four legged loves! She is our go to for pet sitting!"
-Eva H., Woodland Hills, CA
VP, BBC Worldwide
"Karen is the VERY BEST pet companion!! I have a senior dog named Tuesday. I was constantly traveling for work and Karen literally became Tuesday's 2nd mom. They have an incredible bond, Tuesday was always super excited when she'd see Karen and Tuesday would even be sad for a couple days after she'd leave.
Karen would stay at my home while I was traveling so Tuesday could adhere to her normal routine. I never worried about Tuesday while I was gone because I knew she was cared for and very much loved! In addition, Karen would send cute pictures and videos of their time together. I have no idea what I would have done without her!"
- Racquel L., Marina del Rey. CA
Beauty and Wellness Executive
Mr. Peanut & Mr. Noodle
"Outstanding care from outstanding people. We could not be happier with Minding The Roost for the excellent care and attention they gave to our pets. We will use them from now on. Thank you Karen, Liz and Dickie!!"
-Jon L., Silver Lake, CA
Actor / Director
"Karen is the best pet sitter of all time. My boys ADORE HER. I have neurotic little Dachshunds (pictured on this page-another perk- she is an amazing photographer and sends pics of your babies). Despite their quirks, Karen's patience and love for my little lunatics is palpable. Unlike a lot of petsitters, Karen actually spends time with your dogs. She gives them love and snuggles and attention and when I come home they are happy and not traumatized by my absence at all! I feel 100% completely relaxed when I know Karen is caring for my fur babies- and coming from someone who has no human children, whose dogs are everything, this is a huge compliment. Karen thank you for being the most loving amazing pet sitter ever!!!"
-Robin H., Santa Monica, CA
Chef + Nutritionist
Boo Boo & Riley
"It has been very difficult for us to find a dog sitter who will truly take care of our Jack Russell, Apollo while we are gone. Until we found Karen. Karen is genuinely caring of our pet and it is obvious to us he loves her too. Karen is the best sitter we have found in a long time and highly recommend her services."
-John B. Mar Vista, CA