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Evan Perlman

Hi! I’m Evan, the owner of ESP Pet Specialists and I’d like to tell you a little about myself, my background and how I got started in the pet services business.

It all began when I was three years old and my parents surprised my brothers and me with a chocolate Labrador puppy. We named her Cleo and she was with us until I was a freshman in college! Cleo was my best friend and this started my strong connection with animals. Since Cleo, I have also had Cheyenne (German Shepherd), Harry (an Amazon Parrot) and my current best bud, Lars (German Shepherd).

During college, I worked part-time as an animal handler at a local doggie daycare. This only cemented my feelings for a career with animals and I learned a lot about animal behaviors.

After obtaining my BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University,  I was hired to work for a company that provided pet services for United Airlines at Newark Liberty Airport. I got to experience all kinds of animals: dogs, cats, exotics, large, small and in between. I knew these animals were scared and nervous either waiting to board a flight or returning from a long flight and wanted them to feel safe and secure. I learned how to handle all kinds of situations and further learned to read the body language of these animals. This included cats of all dispositions. I felt fulfilled at the end of the day knowing I was able to comfort these animals and make a difference.

I would end up running the program at Newark Airport and eventually was responsible for the entire operation. The airline was so pleased with the job my team and I was doing, that they sent me to Chicago to build out the program at O’Hare International Airport.

After a few years, I started to catch the entrepreneurial bug so I started  ESP Pet Specialists.  Having pets my whole life, I know how important it is to have the very best care for our furry friends when we aren’t there, whether at work, on vacation or just out for a few hours. My team and I will treat your pets as our own and provide the love and care they are used to getting from you! We understand that each pet is different. We will provide the type of care that best fits your pet’s personality and needs. That being said, each pet will receive the same amount of love! We might even end up spoiling them a little too much. Over the years our client’s pets have become like a part of our family and we develop a strong bond and connection to each furry kid.

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