Our Team Spirit

At Pet Pleasers, we treat our dear furry customers with a great portion of love and devotion. Our sitters are the best, you will receive professional pet care. T.L.C. is a priority with the pet sitter.

Monica Rode



I am Monica Rode, I own and operate Pet Pleasers Pet Sitting Service.

I have been pet sitting since 1990, I have a varied and extensive amount of experience with animals. An avid pet owner myself, I have had everything from a 180 pound St. Bernard to poodles and parakeets. I have broad knowledge of cats having owned up to 8 at one time. I am very comfortable handling and caring for felines.

In the past, I have had experience in a veterinarian’s office and spent considerable time working in animal rehabilitation at Friends of the Sea Lion in Laguna Beach and at Pacific Wildlife working with birds.

My educational background includes classes in pet care, general animal behavior, biology, exotic handling, as well as bird and reptile care.

I have received the following certificates:

  • Certificate in Veterinary Aide
  • Certificate in Avian Care
  • Certificate in Animal Caretaker/Friends of the Sea Lion
  • Certificate in Reptile Care
  • Certificate in Exotic Animal Training

Karissa Somers



My name is Karissa Somers and I work with my mom, Monica Rode, at Pet Pleasers.

I am a college graduate with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. These days I spend most of my time working with children with special needs and less time with animals than I used to. Fortunately though, I have spent my entire life caring for various pets and have a wealth of experience to fall back on.

I have extensive background with horses and have accompanied my mom on many different ventures including rehab with seals and sea lions.

I do not pet sit as often as I used to, but it is likely you will see me from time to time as I temporarily manage the business and give my mom the occasional opportunity to take a holiday.




My name is Tina and I enjoy working part-time with Monica Rode as a Pet Sitter. I worked with Monica several years back in the late 90’s, but my experience as a pet sitter began when I was just 10 years old and I’ve been pet sitting for friends and family ever since.

I’ve always loved animals and have owned and cared for all different kinds of pets over the years,
including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rodents, and fish. I spent several years training rescued German Shepherds and volunteering for local animal rescues. I am proficient at administering various types of medications, including insulin injections.

It is really good to be back at Pet Pleasers! I consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the care of your precious family members and always do my best to give them all the care and love that I give my own fur babies at home. It is my #1 goal that your babies be as relaxed, healthy and happy when you return as they were whenever you left and that you truly enjoy your time away, knowing your babies are in loving capable hands!

We had a great time, especially since I didn’t have to worry about the kitties- knowing they were well taken care of.
April - Huntington Beach
Thanks for being our pet sitter – Kiku is always so happy when we’ve returned from a trip! It sure makes traveling easier!
M&M&K - Huntington Beach
Thank you for making my 1st experience with a pet sitter easy & worry free. My babies weren’t traumatized or angry with me when I got back.
Cheri - Huntington Beach
Thanks so much! I could not imagine leaving these two precious cats with anyone but you!
Marcia & Ed - Newport Beach
Thanks so much for the wonderful job you did with Ferrari and Chloe! It was a pleasure to not have to worry about ‘our babies’ while we were gone & come home to ‘happy campers’ too!
Sheryl - Costa Mesa
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the extra effort you made for Moet and for us– thank you just isn’t enough.
We cannot, (and will not even try) to express how, very, very, very much we appreciate you! You are irreplaceable.
Just a little something to thank you for all of the wonderful care you give my cats. I think they like you better!

Call Pet Pleasers and we’ll take care of the ones you love.

(Sitters are available between 7:00 AM & 6:00 PM Daily.)