Meet The Team

Nina, owner Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Nina…

…co-owns and operates Busy Bee Critter Sitters along with her business partner, Eleanor Kelly. Life-long animal lover, and Busy Bee founder, Nina Poletti has a degree in biology and years of experience working with wild and domestic animals. She has developed and implemented enrichment and training programs at animal rescue centres in Europe and South America. Nina has worked with all sorts of critters from dogs and cats to monkeys and capybaras.
She looks forward to taking care of your special pet!

Eleanor, owner Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Eleanor…

…co-owns and operates Busy Bee Critter Sitters along with business partner, Nina Poletti. Animals have always been an important part of Eleanor’s life. While completing her B.A. at UofT she worked as a vet assistant and kennel attendant gaining experience administering medications, caring for injuries and dealing with animals with a wide range of behavioural and medical needs. Eleanor frequently assists with wild bird banding and is interested in animal communication techniques, including dog training and natural horsemanship. Eleanor volunteers with Grand River All Breed Animal Rescue and houses foster pets until they are adopted. She also does Wildlife Rescue Driving for GHS and assists a few rescue organizations with education and outreach. Her own menagerie has included ferrets, rats, cats, dogs, and a hamster!

Laura, employee at Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Laura…

…is our amazing administrator! Laura is a University of Guelph graduate with a degree in Animal Science and Animal Behaviour and Welfare. She has experience working with cats, dogs, horses, rodents, rabbits, ferrets and chickens. Animals have always been a huge part of Laura’s life, and her own animal family includes dogs, cats and a gecko. Laura enjoys painting and drawing, and paints pet and wildlife portraits, you can check out her work here: adlayasart.wordpress.com!

Emily, employee at Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Emily…

…is our incredible Team Manager! Emily is a University of Guelph grad with her Bachelor’s in Equine Management. She grew up with just about every pet you can imagine, and currently has a dog and a horse. She enjoys the challenges of working with animals and loves being around them. She’s currently training her horse, Rocky, to show in jumpers.

Laura K, employee at Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Laura K…

…Laura is a University of Guelph student studying Management Economics and Finance. She grew up in Virginia with dogs, cats and horses and has worked on horse farms since she was 12 years old. She keeps very busy with school, being a Busy Bee, and spending time with her event horse, Bugsy.

Nikki, employee at Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Nikki…

… is a University of Guelph student studying Animal Biology and Brain & Cognition. She has a special love for cats and cats have a special love for her! Nikki would like to work with animals her whole life, but right now enjoys focusing on her studies and being a Busy Bee! In her spare time Nikki is part of the Jugglers of the University of Guelph juggling club and also enjoys studying Japanese and playing music.

Olivia, employee at Busy Bee Critter Sitter

Olivia…

….Olivia is a University of Guelph graduate with her MA in English and her Bachelor of Education. A former teacher, Olivia loves the rewards and challenges of working with fur children. With experience working in veterinary and sanctuary environments, Olivia has grown up surrounded by animals. She currently lives with 5 cats and 2 dogs, and is hoping to go back to school to become a veterinary technician.