Your trusted, professional pet sitters since 1998

Founded in 1998 by Kim Waite-Dickerman in 1998, what began as a hobby caring for friends’ pets became her passion and a full-time business.

Your friendly Pet Elves in Herndon and Reston

Kim began adding staff in 2000 to meet the growing demands for reliable, caring pet care, and incorporated in 2001. Kim sold the business in April 2022 to Brandon Savage. Almost two years later, Brandon sold the business to Matthew and Shannon Donndelinger to help ensure the Pet Elf got the care it deserved.

Today, The Pet Elf provides reliable, regular pet care to hundreds of pets across Reston, Virginia and Woodley Park, DC. We focus and specialize in individualized care for our furry friends, and even provide specialty care for exotic animals such as lizards, birds, rabbits and others.

Ready to arrange care for your pet? Reach out today and we’ll be happy to show you why we’re Reston’s favorite dog walking and pet sitting company!

"We want to thank Pet Elf for the wonderful service you gave us. We never worried about how Karellen was doing, he was loved and very well cared for. In addition, you were great about the many changes we made even at the last minute. We can’t thank you enough for being there."

Carrie J.

Reston, VA

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