The Faithful Friends Pet Sitting Team

Sadye Riley- Owner

Hi everyone I am Sadye! I started Faithful Friends back in 2007 as a hobby from my love of animals. I am currently a Junior at Western Carolina University in the beautiful mountains of Cullowhee, NC. I am majoring in Entrepreneurship with a cognate in Pre-Vet and plan to graduate in May of 2018. After graduating from WCU I hope to go to N.C. State's veterinarian school to become a Equine, Food Animals, and Exotic animal vet. I grew up with several dogs and cats. I now own 4 dogs, 1 cat, a micro potbelly pig, and a turtle. I love all animals and have completed a 10 week husbandry internship at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC and have an ongoing internship with a vet clinic at school. All your animals will be treated like my own and spoiled rotten!

Julie Gonzalez- Owner

Hello! My name is Julie Gonzalez, co-owner of Faithful Friends Pet Sitting. I am a mother of two wonderful young adults. Sadye is my daughter, the Founder and owner of Faithful Friends. Wyatt is my son. In the earlier years I wanted to work in law enforcement and received my associate’s degree in criminal justice. I soon realized that is not where my true passion was. My passion falls in the realm of health and fitness, baking/cooking (and yes I make homemade dogs treats) and most of all my ultimate love for animals. I have owned animals my entire life and would often times bring home strays and beg my dad who was in the Air Force if we could keep them. Having a home without a pet was not common for me growing up. I have also fostered dogs for local rescues and help with various other rescues around the area and across the U.S. when funds are needed for an animal in need of vet care. Being allowed to care for other pets other than my Bentley, Maximus, and turtle Sassy makes my heart truly happy. I love to see the different personalities in each individual animal and do my very best to provide the best care for them. This is my passion, my love and where I need to be. To help provide loving care while you are away.



Amanda Grimsley

Hi! My name is Amanda Grimsley and I am 23 years old. I lived in Clayton, NC until I was 21 and graduated a semester early from Clayton High School. I continued my education at Meredith College for a little while majoring in Biology. Animals have always been a big part of my life growing up. When I was younger, my mother and I raised Cocktails and parakeets and had various pets such as: cat, hamster, turtle, finches, lizard, fresh and salt water fish. I was a part of the FFA in high school and took care of Huskies for a short while as part of two projects. Just after that my friend and I open our own foster group and would adopt out animals. I have even observed/assisted in a last amputation on a tumor of a dog toe. Not only have I been involved with many activities regarding animals but I have pet sat many a different type (even a pig and goat!). Needless to say, I love animals and I will treat your animals as if they were my own. This means they will get so much love and care from me!


Rachel Brooks

Hello, my name is Rachel Brooks and I’m 19 years old. I have lived here in North Carolina for about 7 years, and lived in Detroit Michigan beforehand. I graduated from Panther Creek High School an entire year early in 2013. All my life I have had Great Danes by my side, and I absolutely adore them. My current dog is named Bella, and I also have two cats named Clover and Eve. I also have a 4 year old Rabbit named Byron. I plan on making animals my future by getting a degree in veterinary medicine. While going to school for that, pet sitting is my main priority. I love all types of animals, big and small, and have so much fun constantly meeting new people and their pets.

Ashtyn Wastchak

Hi there! My name is Ashtyn and I am currently a junior at UNC Chapel Hill studying Nutrition. I have owned animals my entire life and have a over 6 years of experience working as a veterinary assistant for a local veterinarian. In doing so, I learned so much-- from operating the anesthesia machine during surgeries, to administering medications, to the basic toenail trim. While I ultimately changed my life path from veterinary medicine to nutrition, my love and passion for animals still remains true. They bring me so much joy and I feel there is so much we can learn from them! Each summer I volunteer in Cape Hatteras for an organization called Friends of Felines, where we trap, spay/neuter, and the release feral cats on the island. This helps to reduce overpopulation, and it is so rewarding to see the progress we make every year since the project began 6 years ago. I will always treat your pets as my own, and give them the same love and care you would while you are away!


Kyra Patel
Hey all! My name is Kyra and I am a recent graduate from Appalachian State University! In the fall I'll be heading to the University of Kentucky, but in the mean time, I'm trying to get as much animal loving in as I can. In the past, I worked for a wildlife center, so I'm pretty comfortable with snakes, lizards and turtles, so much so that I want a snake myself. I have also pet sat for a few families before and have absolutely loved it!  As a dog owner myself, you can be assured that your pet will be safe with me!