About Me:

Crystal Rector


I am Crystal the Pet Nanny and I would love to care for your best friend(s)! My true focus and passion is in building relationships with my clients and with their pets so that I become like a member of the family. Making breakthroughs and building trust with animals is extremely gratifying to me.


I have a lifetime of experience with animals, having grown up on a farm, and caring for my own pets, currently including a dog, a cat, and a Glow Light Tetra (freshwater fish). I work with all kinds of animals, including dogs and cats, fish, rodents, birds, reptiles, etc.


I have spent my lifetime observing cat behavior and have a special way with cats. I also have plenty of experience walking and playing with energetic dogs, and have developed a real appreciation for canine energy as well. My own dog rarely leaves my side!

Professional Info


I worked in the veterinary industry on and off beginning in 1996 through most of 2016. I spent approximately 7 years working in general practice and from 2013 to 2016, worked at a veterinary ophthalmology specialty practice. I chose to leave there because I needed more flexible hours to work on building my pet nanny clientele.


I began my pet nanny journey in Portland, Oregon in 1996 when I began working in the veterinary industry and clients of the practice for which I was working were seeking recommendations for pet-sitters. At that time it was simply a casual side job. I moved to the Phoenix metro area in 2008 and resumed my earnest pursuit of pet care in 2012, making Crystal the Pet Nanny an actual business. 


Volunteer Work


Because of my love for animals, much of my volunteer time has been devoted to animals to help them in various settings, as follows:


*Arizona Pet Project’s Annual Hero Awards: Tending to the Needs of Assigned Animal Heroes and Their People Throughout the Event, Assisting with post-function organization of Silent Auction Items, Handing Out Swag Bags at Event Close


*Arizona Game and Fish Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center: Cleaning Enclosures, Preparing Food, Feeding Animals, Volunteering at Special Events, Specialize in Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs - Specifically Providing Socialization, Enrichment and Exercise


*Arizona Animal Welfare League Cattery: Socializing Cats to Prepare Them for Adoption


*Arizona Animal Welfare League Clinic: Sterilizing/Wrapping Surgical Instruments, Cleaning Treatment Area/Surgery/Kennel Area, Vaccinating & Caring for Animals


*Sierra Club & Wild at Heart: Assisting in Burrowing Owl Relocation and Building Artificial Burrows


*Sierra Club: Volunteering at Special Events, Assisting with Prairie Dog Supplemental Feeding Program


*Feline Foster Parenting


*Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon Spay and Neuter Program: Assisted in Post-Surgical Recovery of Feline Patients


*University of Phoenix (2010): Graduated with Honors. Bachelor of Science in Business Management

*Oregon State University (1984-1988): Studied Early Childhood Education