Amber was raised in Cassadaga, NY surrounded by animals. She had cats, dogs, ferrets, hamsters, rats, and bunnies as part of her family.  She moved to North Carolina after graduating high school. She worked as a manager for a small pet store where she was responsible for caring for all types of animals including chinchillas, rabbits, ferrets, birds (including exotic), rats, mice, hamsters, snakes, lizards and fish. Amber also has a background as a CMA (certified medical assistant) and previously worked in the medical field for 11 years. While in the medical field, Amber pursued her passion for animals by volunteering with Saving Grace.  She currently has 3 dogs, all rescues, and 1 ferret.  Winken is a 40 pound blood hound/mastiff/chow mix who is just a big bundle of love. Nora is a 70 pound blood hound/shepherd mix who is a wonderful protector. Tara is a 20 pound dachshund/terrier mix who loves to snuggle and play. Chewy is a silver ferret who loves to play and cuddle. Amber's hobbies include hiking, fishing, playing board games, playing outdoor games/sports, participating in 5k’s, watching horror movies, baking, decorating cupcakes and spending time with her family, friends and fur babies. She is also an artist and enjoys painting and drawing animals and nature.  

Kerri is the owner of Take a Break Pet Care.

She grew up in Virginia where she attended Christopher Newport University (CNU) for 4 years as a scholarship recipient of the Presidential Leadership Program. She competed nationally for the University's Equestrian Team and served as the team's president. After graduating from CNU with a B.S. degree in marine biology and a minor in leadership, she was selected to attend Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM) in Southern California in 2008. 

There Kerri spent two years in the animal training program gaining valuable knowledge that would be the foundation for her career as a pet care provider and trainer today. After successfully completing Moorpark College's EATM program, Kerri worked and trained all types of dogs, domestic animals, and many other exotic pets for the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. She had a very rewarding position managing and training a collection of over 200 animals of different species and raised many newborn animals which specifically needed to be trained for film productions including raccoons, birds, coyotes, and porcupines. Kerri was the animal coordinator for many TV shows and movies.

Some of her credits include: The Young and the Restless, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Jackass, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Marley and Me, Hot in Cleveland, Tosh.0, Mirror Mirror, CSI, Conan O'Brien, Cougartown, The Bold and the Beautiful, Pair of Kings, and countless other commercials and print ads for companies such as Target, Subaru, Purina, Snickers, Marriot, Canon, Petsmart, Stanley Steemer, and many more.

Kerri now lives in Wake Forest with her family and two dogs, a 9 year old Shepherd mix and a 7 year old Chihuahua.  Kerri spends her days  with her two young children and caring for animals and considers herself extremely lucky to be able to do both. In her spare time, Kerri also enjoys hiking and traveling.

Kerri Rothell

Amber 'Gus' Gustafson

Hannah Mack

Garrett Caldwell




Hannah grew up in New Orleans Louisiana, but moved to Wake Forest in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. She attended The College @ Southeastern from August 2011- May 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. Hannah will be getting married this October. Her and her fiance plan on opening their own food truck, featuring fresh and all natural gourmet burgers for all kinds of eaters: carnivores, vegetarians, and vegan/allergy free eaters alike. Hannah loves anything having to do with food: grocery shopping is her most favorite hobby, followed by cooking and then eating food. Besides that, she loves animals, being outdoors hiking, camping, and picnicking (because it's always about the food). She also loves cuddling with her cats while drinking coffee and reading or watching Netflix. Hannah has two cats- Neville, her boy, who always acts as though he's starved for attention, and who loves the the idea of outside, but hates it in actuality, and yet he always forgets this and tries to bolt out the door; and then River, her "sweet" little princess who is very independent and everything happens on her terms (The cliche cat).  Hannah is also a new mother to a beautiful, sweet, energetic puppy that she rescued from Paws for Life Animal Rescue.  

Garrett grew up in Gallipolis, Ohio and moved to Wake Forest in June 2017 to attend college at Wake Tech, where he is pursuing an Associates in Business Administration and plans to attend NC State next year to obtain his Bachelors. Garrett has been pet/house sitting for the last 4 years along with working at a local pet store in Ohio. Garrett has always had a love for animals and was involved in 4-H growing up.  He showed a chinchilla, pigs, lambs, goats, feeder calves, and a heifer at the local fair for 10 years. Garrett enjoys meeting people and their fur friends. In Garrett’s spare time he enjoys walking, watching Netflix, and researching cars. He also enjoys eating out and going to the mall. Garrett has three dogs; Max the Shih Tzu, Oliver the mini long hair Daschund, and Mally the English Mastiff, a cat (Wally) back in Ohio, and an English Bulldog, Samson, here in Wake Forest.    

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