Why Choose Us?

Our Guiding Principles

Care of the planet, care of people, care of pets and care of community are the principles that guide our company, team members and families in every decision we make. We choose, and practice living a sustainable lifestyle and feel it is our responsibility to inform and educate customers, friends and our network how to do the same.

We believe that in order to live a healthy and happy life, all people must practice fair utilization of Earth’s resources and limit their impact on the natural environment and all creatures. It Takes a Village Pet Care accomplishes this through minimizing waste, limiting our use of Earth’s natural resources, ensuring a quality working/living environment, mindful use of the environment and educating others.

In the Community

Social Responsibility

Our team members are committed to their families, friends and to the communities they call home. You can find us volunteering at local animal shelters, serving on Town Boards, volunteering in our kid's schools, collecting food and raising funds for the local food pantry, helping to establish a school Learning Garden, serving on the PTO, coaching school sport's teams, delivering water to residents when power goes out and assisting local girl's/boy's clubs with activities.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to be a contributing and supporting member of our local community and use sustainable practices to reduce our environmental impact. We are committed to educating our customers as well as encouraging and rewarding them for living sustainably. We embrace the ethics of permaculture – Care of the Earth. Care of People. Return of surplus to Earth and People (Fair Share) – in everything we do and in every business decision we make. We strive to contribute to a healthier environment and society.

The Village

In addition to offering support and giving peace of mind to customers, we realize that it takes a village of dedicated people, including team members, significant others, family, friends, customers, neighbors, vendors, educators, mentors and community leaders to be successful. We are grateful to so many who have offered their love, friendship and guidance.

Our Method

Making Your Life Easier

Life is stressful! You have a busy schedule and work long hours. No need to rush home. We will care for your pets on those days when you are unable to be there for them. You will be more relaxed when you arrive home and they will be anxious to greet and spend quality time with you.

Giving You Peace of Mind

Our experienced team is here to care for you, your pet and your home. If there is something additional you need, just ask! Our village is here to help you with the little things so you can focus on other tasks. We deliver peace of mind.

Unique Training and Experience

Our team consists of uniquely trained employees, and professional pet sitters who we have partnered with to service our customers. The breadth of our experience includes training in pet first aid & CPR, dog obedience and socialization, wildlife management, leadership, social permaculture, sustainable living, communications and human relations, and much more!

Meet the Team

Traci relaxes with her senior cat Sassy at their home in Barrington.

Traci Bisson, Owner/Founder

Traci loves animals and has been around them all her life. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of NH where she studied wildlife management and business. Prior to starting It Takes a Village Pet Care, Traci owned a marketing/PR firm, and an online membership site for mom entrepreneurs, which she sold in 2013. In 2017, Traci graduated from the Leadership NH program. She is an active participant in her community serving on the Barrington Library Foundation Board and as a Barrington Library Trustee. Traci lives with her family on five acres of land living a sustainable lifestyle and continually looking for ways to decrease her carbon footprint.

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Karen Reilly-Brickett, Safety Mngr.

For 25 years, Karen worked for the 911 ambulance service in the City of Newburyport, MA, first out in the field and then in the dispatch center where she became certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. She finished her career there after seven years as the Manager of the busy 911 Dispatch Center. Karen has donated her time teaching First Aid & CPR classes for the Red Cross, and is a monthly supporter of the ASPCA & Hope for Paws. Karen, and her husband, Jon, now enjoy life with their two Dachshunds Reilly and Brandi (aka crazy puppy) on their five acres in Barrington.

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Courtney Stoutamire, Asst. Pet Care Mngr.

Courtney has always been known as the "dog lady" to family and friends. She moved to New Hampshire from New York, where she spent the last 10 years as an HR & Talent Development Director at a law firm. Courtney graduated from UT-Austin in 2004 with a B.A. in English and journalism minor. She is also a SHRM SCP (Senior certified professional). Over the years, Courtney has volunteered with several animal shelters and dog rescue organizations, including BARC Shelter and Korean K9 Rescue in Brooklyn. She lives in Dover with her two dogs, Carl and Louise, and a giant cat named Tumnus, who are all very happy mom decided to move out of the city.

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Holly D., Senior Pet Care Provider

Holly has been a member of the It Takes a Village Pet Care team for over a year. Caring for animals is a passion of hers. Holly fostered over 20 dogs to complete her senior project and graduate from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in 2015. She fell in love with fostering and continued after graduation, which lead her to Suzie... her last foster dog and now partner in crime. They regularly enjoy hikes, trips to the lake and biking together. Holly hopes to become certified and work with therapy dogs in the future.

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Patty G., Pet Care Provider

Patty is a “numbers” gal at heart, with a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Math, but she also has a heart for animals. Before moving to Maine, she was a volunteer math tutor and pet sitter, and she also worked at two local kennels. Patty volunteers regularly for food fundraising activities in her community, and for the past 5 years she was an integral part of her town’s Main Street Committee. Patty and Daisy, her Lab, are both avid tennis fans. Patty plays on a team in Newmarket, and Daisy, will do just about anything for a tennis ball!

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Judi K., Pet Care Provider

Judi has a degree in Business Management and has volunteered for many organizations, including Girls INC, Barrington Youth Association, and Upreach Therapeutic Equestrian Center. In addition, she fostered Greyhounds for several years. Judi now resides in Northwood with her husband, a family of chickens, a barn cat and a pet rescue Pomadoodle . She also takes care of her Grandson and his Pitbull (her Grand-dog).

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Kristen C., Pet Care Provider

Kristen, originally from Massachusetts, moved to Northwood, NH in 1995 with her husband and two daughters. One of her favorite things to do is ride her motorcycle. Kristen started riding in 2003 and had many awesome adventures with her husband until an accident left her unable to ride. Since leaving the field of Early Childhood Education after 32 years, Kristen decided she would like to work in pet care. Her daughters are grown and have moved away so she enjoys time with her husband Bob, dog Fiona and two cats Chomper and Apple Jack, and grandson when he visits.

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Tina R., Pet Care Provider

Tina grew up and currently lives in Dover. She is a single mother to a spunky, fun-loving 8 year old girl. They enjoy going to the local pet shelter, visiting with the animals and voluteering their time. Tina also works for DiCicco's Market located in Dover. In her spare time, she enjoys walking tails and taking hikes as often as she can. Tina also shares her home with a little furry friend, her cat Snowball, and enjoys living everyday to its fullest!

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Brianna C., Pet Care Provider

Brianna has a deep love for animals and has ever since she was a child. Her mom would catch her walking the family German Shepherd around the kitchen table at the age of three or cuddling with her when she was supposed to be in bed. Brianna also works as a kennel technician at Protection Dogs Plus where she helps train dogs and does protection work. She also works to help rehabilitate aggressive dogs. In her free time, you can find her riding her horses Buddy and Curly, or cuddled up to her German Shepherd Xandy.

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Abby A., Pet Care Provider

Abby's life is filled with cats, dogs, cows, pigs, sheep and horses. Her love for animals was her inspiration to obtain an Associate's Degree in Animal Science. Abby has worked on a Thoroughbred racing farm and at an Equine Vet Clinic for five years. After, she decided to return to school where she earned a secondAssociate's Degree in Medical Secretarial. This lead her on a path working in the human medical field for 25 year.
Abby loves riding her horse, hiking, biking and snowmobiling, and is owned by a lovely Manx cat, Vinny, and two beautiful Boxers, Willow and Rose.

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Steff S., Weekend Pet Care Provider

Steff is a Certified Athletic Trainer who came to us from Western PA where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Athletic Training and Exercise Science from Waynesburg University. She has spent time volunteering for the Pittsburgh Marathon, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, NH Athletic Trainers Association, and the NH Musculoskeletal Institute where she currently volunteers as a Faculty Resident. Steff resides in Barrington with her dog, Atlas, and two cats, Doobie & Stella.

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Kate. S., Weekend Pet Care Provider

Kate is a NH native who currently works as a Team Leader at a community mental health center.  She has a BA from UNH, an MA from Catholic University, and spent seven years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Kate is a licensed foster parent and an active volunteer at her kids' schools. She loves to run and has completed three half-marathons. Kate lives in Rochester with her daughter and their tuxedo cat, Alice.

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Laurie-Anne C., Weekend Pet Care Provider

Laurie-Anne has a Bachelor’s Degree in business and works in the healthcare field as an Administrative Learning Manager. In addition to working full-time, Laurie-Anne loves working with animals. She is also a nanny and does voice-over work. She is an avid volunteer participating in Rise up Rochester and medical mission trips. Her last medical mission trip was to Ghana Africa in where she lead a class for doctors, nurses, doulas and tribe medicinal leaders called Helping Babies Breathe. She was born and raised in ME, and now resides in NH with her husband.

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Jenna K., Seasonal Pet Care Provider

Jenna is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Studio Art in 2013. She is an ardent lover of animals and currently has a dog, Ryder, and two cats, Tommy and Taryn. Her volunteer efforts include helping to foster dogs rescued from puppy mills. In her free time, she is an avid hiker, snowboarder, and general outdoor enthusiast.

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Ray Bisson, Jack of all Trades

Ray is Traci's husband, and the owner of Stonewall Surveying. He does a lot of heavy lifting for the team, including driving team members to pet care appointments when the weather is hazardous or requires four-wheel drive support. Ray shovels client's walkways and helps with pet care visits when additional support is needed. He can also be found at every outing of the NH Dog Walking Club guiding members and dogs on new hiking trails.

What makes us different

CARE OF PETS

You will have peace of mind knowing that your pets receive the very best care. Every It Takes a Village team member cares for and loves pets of their own. We have made a commitment to our furry family members, and we make the same pledge to care for your pets as if they were our own.

CARE OF PEOPLE

When we are caring for your pets, we are also caring for you, your family and your home. We value the relationship we have with our customers and take to heart the trust you have placed in us. We consider you an extension of our family and will always support and care for you as such.

CARE OF COMMUNITY

Our team members are committed to their families, friends and to the communities they live in. We have volunteered hundreds of hours in the communities we service and call home, and take this responsibility very seriously. Our goal is to be part of the solution - not the problem.

CARE OF PLANET

We practice fair utilization of Earth's resources and limit our impact on the natural environment. If it is not good for the Earth, then it is not good for us. We help to educate customers about these practices so they can also enjoy the benefits of living a sustainable lifestyle.

Karen & Jon B.
Barrington, NH
We moved to Barrington last summer, which greatly increased our commutes to work & back, so we started searching for a pet sitter. We have two older dogs and a very energetic puppy, and It Takes a Village is exceptional with each of them. They bring them outside, play with them, give them treats and then go the extra mile and clean up any accidents the puppy may have had. I love getting daily reports and pics. There is NO WAY anybody could find a better pet care giver than It Takes a Village Pet & Home Care.
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Christine & Ross F.
Dover, NH
It Takes a Village Pet Care was referred to us by a friend who highly recommended their services. We hired them to care for our two dogs while on vacation. They took them on daily walks and played ball with them in the backyard. Our pups were given lots of attention and exercise. While I was away, my husband said that they even expressed concern that one of our dogs may not be feeling well and offered to take a fecal sample to our vet. We are so glad to have found It Takes a Village!
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Lynn S.
Barrington, NH
It Takes a Village Home & Pet Care's level of training and availability for different services will fit any needs a pet owner could need. The system for communication through the portal is so refreshing with updates and photos of my dog so happy playing outside. I appreciate the full update of what they did, when they were there, and even if he got a snack/water. My boy Sirus is so happy with his playmates that he even looks for them on days when I am home. It Takes a Village is the best in pet care for anyone’s extended animal family.
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A Special Thank You to Our Clients

Our clients have shown us that they share the same values we do. They continually strive to give the very best care to their pets while being mindful of how their actions affect not only their pets but the natural environment around them. This includes limiting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their homes, staying up-to-date on pet care trends, practicing pet safety, recycling per their town's guidelines, learning how to compost, searching for renewable energy sources to power their homes and dedicating themselves to lifelong learning of similar practices.

We are beyond grateful for the relationships we have established with our clients. We have earned their trust and we will never take that for granted. We seek open and honest feedback and will always offer the same. You go above and beyond for us in so many ways. Thank you for being the amazing people that you are. We look forward to many more years of sharing laughter and tears with you!

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