Our Staff

Tashamby Pugh

I'm a College Graduate who's been a Dog Lover my whole life! I'm new to Pup Stars Pet Care, and working with animals for the first time... I think I made the right decision.. I Feel...

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger Cara

Tara Robertson

My name is Tara. I have been working in the animal care field for over 12 years. Half of my experience consists of assisting veterinarians, and the other half managing kennels and my own pet care business. I have a passion for animals of all kinds. I take pride in what I do and the services I provide. With an array of animal knowledge from many angles I aim to cater to each individual pet to make sure they get the care they need.

Jon'nae Hartley

My name is Jon'nae and I started out as a volunteer because I wanted to be able to care for animals while accumulating my service learning hours required to graduate. I found my start at PupStars and it has been a wonderful ride. I have learned a lot about dogs from how to read a dogs body language to how to properly bathe them. I love my job and hope to continue to grow with this wonderful family oriented facility.

Jamie Thorley

I love dogs, I have been around them my whole life. I have been in the pet care industry for the last 6 years, and with PupStars for over a year. I am currently in the middle of Canine Links Training Academy. I hope to train therapy dogs to work with children. I just stared fostering dogs and look forward to taking more in. Life is just better when there are dogs around.

Rosie Buttitta

Ever since I was young, I always had a passion for animals. I just knew my life would revolve around them and had dreams of being a groomer for animals. PupStars made that happen, and it's been an awesome 2 years here at PupStars! I take all my clients into love and care, easy consideration and treat them all as if they were my own. I never call work, “work”. I call it my Art Studio. The dogs help me keep my sanity and I never seem to get overwhelmed no matter how big or furry the dog is. (I may get tired but they are all just so good to me and I enjoy what I do very much). Every morning when I wake up at 7am I look forward to going to work  for the kisses,barking, and dog hair that brings love and joy to my heart.

Jabree Washington

Jabree Washington is a student attending Northern Illionois University studying biological sciences, and aspiring to become an exotic or wildlife animal veterinarian.

I am the owner of a lovely Maine Coon cat. When I am not working at the facility I love to re ad do volunteer work, shop, hang out with family and friends, and explore the city of Chicago.

Passionate, loving, and caring, I believe there is always time to do whatever it is you want to do as long as you're happy.

Omar Vargas

I have been working with animals big, small, scaly and furry, for more than 7 years. Animals are my passion, I want to make a difference in their lives, especially the ones that need help. There is nothing I would rather do. 

Michelle Favela

I'm a huge animal lover, from insects to sloths, so working with dogs couldn't have been the perfect job for me! I have a 9 year old toy poodle named Hades that I couldn't live without. I have experience working with dogs and am excited to be a part of the pup star team!

Jorge Luis Gallardo

Jorge Luis Gallardo, is a positive trainer with over 8 years of experience working with dogs in the US as well as in Mexico. His training style is cognitive/motivational based focusing on bond/communication building between dogs and their human companions. He has taught both group class as well as private instruction. He also has volunteered much time to helping dogs in shelters, particularly during his time in Mexico where he successfully helped many dogs with problems to live in homes with their adoptive families. For his work in communities and knowledge of dog behavior, Jorge Luis was a frequent guest on Radio and TV during his time in Mexico City. Jorge Luis is a graduate from Loyola University where he studied Psychology with a particular interest in Behavior Modification, and from where he also holds his MBA. He is a certified trainer by Animal Behavior College and is certified by the Red Cross for Canine First Aide. He is also dog groomer, massage therapist and Pet Photographer.

Clarence Browley

I am a dog lover and have been dog walking going on 3 years. I am an all around relaxed guy who is a performer with a music background.

Rochelle Dinwiddie

My name is Rochelle Dinwiddie I have lived here in Chicago for about 2years now I'm originally from Kansas City Missouri.. i always have loved aminals ever since i was a kid.. so went to school for veterinary assistant and also Midwest grooming school for grooming graduated August 2016 i been grooming are almost 2 years love dog grooming and getting to see all the cute doggies and making them look gorgeous after grooming.

Nicholas Zych

I am a child of the Lord, and a friend to the animals. Animals have been a part of my life since the 3rd grade.
I have been caring for cats over 50 years and have been caring for dogs (German Shepherd and Scottish Terrier) over 14 yrs.

Theresa Duran

I have over two years experience with working with dogs professionally, ranging from positive dog training, behavioral rehabilitation, and dog walking. I intend on becoming fully certified and working with dogs and their owners to intensify their relationship and reach full potential.
When I'm not working with animals, I'm surrounded by my two fur and scaley babies, my variety of plants, and watching horror films with friends.
Let's get shwifty.

Corinna Roman

I've been working with dogs for a little over two years and I love it! I get something really rewarding out of it that I never got out of most jobs.

I've never had a dog of my own, but when I do, I'm going to bring him to daycare so he can have lots of friends!


Monday7:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday7:00AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday7:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday7:00AM - 7:00PM
Friday7:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday8:30AM - 6:30PM
Sunday8:30AM - 6:30PM

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