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Dona E.

33 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Dona's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
6 yr 1 mo old
Silky Terrier
12 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Dona's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Dona

50 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Custom quotes for multiple dogs and extended visits.

I'm a retired teacher of small children for 46 years and a dog lover forever. Dogs and children are the loves of my life. I have owned, rescued and lovingly cared for many dogs over the years, often putting their needs before my own.

I am located two blocks from the Ridley Park Exit off 95 and 10 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport. Easy drop off and pick up if traveling by air.

Being retired, I have plenty of time to spend with my own two fur babies but would love to provide a happy and safe environment for your doggy as well, while you are at work or on vacation. Have a large fenced in yard.

Your dogs will be lovingly cared for, whether inside or out and will have the run of the house to be wherever I am. Looking forward to caring for you pet at his home away from home.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Dona E.

33 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dona's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Dona's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
33 Reviews
Dona is a wonderful host! I am so lucky to have found her, she's wonderful with the pups, she treats them as her own. I've already scheduled more time for Minnie, to stay with Dona. If you need a qualified, trusting and loving person to care for your pets, Dona is the person you need.

My two cocker spaniels, Maizey and Fudge recently stayed with Dona E, and had a Woofantastic time!
Before booking with Dona, we had a meet and greet which really put my husband and I at ease knowing our furbabies would be well cared for while we were on vacation. We were nervous since we'd only left our dogs with one other sitter. Once we met Dona and her pups, we were reassured by her warm, friendly personality and interactions with Maizey and Fudge.
While on vacation, we received daily email updates and photos letting us know how the dogs were adjusting and spending their time during their stay with her. Dona was accommodating with our drop off and pick up times, as well as being willing to administer medication to one of our dogs. Fudge is a curious and rumbustious guy, but this did not phase Dona. She enjoyed his enthusiasm and embraced him for the fun, loving boy he is. Dona provided care and love to each of them based on their needs.
I was particularly impressed with Dona's individualized attention, which was evident in her detailed updates that described behaviors of each dog that only someone paying close attention and spending time with them would have known. Maizey and Fudge were treated like her own and were calm and at ease when we arrived to pick them up. I would definitely recommend Dona to a friend and see future Vacays for Maizey and Fudge with her.
Dona was wonderful! She watched our 10 year old Beagle for 9 nights and he seemed very happy and comfortable at her house. She messaged us almost daily and sent pictures. She put up with Spencer's loud howling and was so pleasant about it! Her house and yard are clean and her dogs are well behaved. And a bonus, her house is very convenient to the airport! Dona is sweet & caring and you can tell she really loves the animals.
Dona is such a nice woman and she clearly loves dogs. Our dog Jax has a bit of separation anxiety and is easily stressed but he seemed so relaxed when I picked him up. I'm so glad I have a reliable dog sitter to care for him while my husband and I travel or even just during the day when I'm busy running errands.
I'm a repeat customer of Dona. She sends me the cutest updates and pictures every day. My dog is truly being loved when I'm away. He adores her as well.
Dona is the absolute best! My boyfriend and I have a 1.5 year old lab/terrier mix, Ayda, who we rescued at 6 months old. We were really nervous about going away since we are from out of state and do not have family in the area to look after her. We also have never left her over night anywhere and would be away for 5 nights. Dona put all our worries at ease from the first minute of the meet and greet. Dona sent daily detailed messages and occasional pictures to keep us updated while we were away. She is so nice, flexible and passionate about what she does! She even let us pick Ayda up after our flight got in around midnight. I would highly recommend Dona for anyone looking to board their dog and will be definitely be using her again in the future :)
Dona is a very conscientious host, and took care of Cora very well. She is very attached to her pets and they enjoy being with her.
Dona was so great to me and my dog I will DEFINITELY be using her again! My pup (10 years old, so not really) has never been away from me and I needed to suddenly spend time with my sick father unexpectedly and had to head out of town immediately. I was so nervous as things were so last minute and to leave my dog with a stranger no less! Plus, I was far more concerned about my family issues so I was really out of sorts. Dona arranged for a quick meet-and-greet and within 24 hours I was on a plane! While I was away she sent me daily pictures with updates on his fun times, eating and sleeping habits and field trips. It was such a relief to be able to focus on my father and not have to worry about my buddy! Dona was so understanding which made this experience all the more wonderful. I highly recommend!
Dona is a loving and conscientious caregiver. She made everything easy, from ease of booking, to providing photo updates. I have already booked Dona again. She is fantastic!
I cannot say enough about Dona she took excellent care of my Cosmo as if he was one her own . She make us feel so very comfortable about leaving him with her. I Would defiantly use Dona again . Thanks Dona for taking such great care of Cosmo. Talk to you soon.
Dona was wonderful! I had a VERY active little puppy and Dona had the patience to deal with all the activity my little Lyza can dish out! Dona treated my dog as if it was her own. She checked in with me daily and included pictures of Lyza enjoying her stay. This was the first time I had boarded my Lyza and it made my vacation so much more enjoyable knowing that I had no worries knowing Lyza was being taken care of AND having a great time herself with me friends.
This was the first time we sent our German Shepard Hanz to a dog sitter. Usually he's at a facility . Donna keep us aware of every thing that Hanz was doing the good and the bad. We was gone for 8 days. When we went to visit Donna for the first time Hanz was doing ok , so we said we will try it. When we drop him off he did he's usually why you leaving me here try to come with us. When we return home to pick him up he was in good condition the same as we left him, that was a blessing. No sore throat from barking every day, he did not lose weight he did not try to brick the door down to get out to see us like he usually do. You can tell that he was being loved and taken good care of. Thank you Donna.

Lenny and Lovey Robinson
Dona took excellent care of our Paco. We looked forward to the daily updates and photos she sent us. Dona was very easy to work with and easy to access from the highway for drop off and pick up. I could see that Dona had formed a bond with Paco. Paco will definitely return to Dona when we set out on our next adventure.
Dona watched our two dogs for the past two weekends and was an absolute doll! We appreciated her updates throughout the day and she really was loving toward our dogs and took great care of them both! :)
Dona was a new sitter I used in a pinch when an overnight work trip popped up. I'm so glad I found her. She is an incredibly sweet person. She adored Lionel. I was only gone 24 hours and I received several update messages that were detailed and adorable. I felt comfortable right away. Lionel can be a bit nervous around other dogs at first but he was immediately just fine with her two sweet dogs. She has a fenced in yard which is great for my pup. And an added bonus for me who travels, she is located close to the airport. It was an easy drop off and pick on the way to/from the airport. Lionel can't wait to go back and see her!
She is a wonderful host! She really love my two dogs! I was puzzled when I got my dogs home and they look worn out! Ha! I will def will use this same host to take care of my dogs again!
Dona was amazing and it's clear how much she loves and cares for dogs. We went to the shore this past weekend and Dona watched our two dogs, one that is just a puppy and hasn't been left overnight many times. Dona made them feel right at home and sent frequent updates, pictures, etc. Highly recommend her! :)
I highly recommend Dona to anyone looking for a doggie sitter!!! Dona is a compassionate, loving, caring sitter and she took such great care of our furbabies while we went on vacation for a week. The care and time she spends with the pups is priceless and she is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all of the animals are comfortable and safe while in her home. We enjoyed our vacation so much more knowing that they were in great hands and well cared for.

Thank you Dona for loving our dogs as much as we do!!

Krystal, John, Aiden and Skylar
Dona is the best! She was the most accommodating and welcoming host for our black lab Dexter. Dona has a great little fenced in yard and two adorable golden retrievers. Dona sent us many updates and pictures and made us feel relaxed during his stay. We are truly grateful for finding her and hope to be able to use her again!

-Kyle & Kate
Dona is AMAZING! I have went through different caretakers for my dog before but Dona is by far the best I have ever had and I will definitely go back to her. My dogs absolutely loved her and her dogs! They came back absolutely exhausted when I picked them up, more tired than when they spend 9 hours at the daycare. Thanks Dona!
Dona is always our first choice for dog sitting--she just loves our pups and it shows! She is always flexible and always ready to take our two for a weekend. Thanks, Dona!
Our dog, Emma, stayed with Dona over the weekend and I think she is a little depressed to be home! She is a rescue from the SPCA who we have only had for a few months, so we were nervous about leaving her. Dona sent emails with pictures to help ease our minds which made our trip worry-free. Emma really enjoyed playing with her dogs, running in her yard and all of the love and attention she received from Dona. We will definitely be using her again soon and give her the highest recommendation!
Donna was amazing. I made a reservation to have a meet and greet a few days ago. My dog can be timid around new people and is not always the best with other dogs. Donna made me and Coco feel comfortable right away. When she watched Coco I received updates every couple hours and that was enough to settle my nerves. Coco was good and tired when she got home.
We can't wait for Coco's next visit
Dona was a wonderful hostess. She and her two dogs were very welcoming. Would recommend her to anyone!
Dona was fabulous! Our dog has pretty severe separation anxiety and she was so good with him!
He was never left alone, and although he's not the most social dog, he got along with her dogs just fine and actually made a few new friends. Dona put us at ease by sending updates and pictures. Definitely a positive experience all around.
Dona is a very warm and welcoming dog lover with such a kind spirit. Our little doggie took to her instantly. We are looking forward to many more dog vacays with Dona!
Dona is an incredible host who made our two doggies feel very welcome! She was flexible about pickup and dropoff times and has a lovely home that is extremely dog-friendly. You can tell she really loves animals and is comfortable with both large and small dogs. I will definitely be using her again!
Being a DogVacay host myself I feel like I have an "insider advantage". Yes, even we host have a need to find quality boarding options. I'm grateful I chose Dona to host my girls. She met all of my expectations. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again!
Dona took very good care of my puppy. Dona is very patience and responsible. My dog didn't eat too well, but Dona found a way to make my dog eat which is make me has no worry during vacation. Thank you so much again!!
Dona was awesome! I got tons of cute photos, as well as regular updates. She kept me fully in the loop, so I knew exactly how their vacation went! I will definitely book again!
Dona was great with our 4 month old, 7 lb Shih Tzu/Maltese mix Suki. We were visiting relatives and were unable to keep Suki overnight with us. We had been apprehensive about how Suki would get along with bigger dogs. Dona's Golden retriever Rusty took Suki under his wing and played with and protected her. Dona communicated well with us and sent updates and pictures. We would definitely love to bring Suki back to Dona's, and Suki would be very excited to see Dona again.
Dona was amazing with our two dogs, Jack and Keegan!! She asked us to come for a "Meet and Greet" the day before my husband and I were about to leave for a weekend, away with family. First, Dona arranged for our dogs to be alone in her lovely, fenced yard, so that they could acclimate to the surroundings. Then, she introduced our dogs to her two dogs, Rusty and Splinter, one at a time, so that our pups would not be overwhelmed at meeting new friends. The dogs got along well, and, Dona was so loving and caring that our dogs appeared very comfortable with her, after only a half hour stay at Dona's. We asked if we could bring our dog beds and food so the dogs would feel more at home. Dona welcomed all suggestions and said she would make sure that all comforts were respected. When we returned the next morning, Dona was at the front door greeting us. Our dogs were happily wagging tails.

Over the weekend, Dona sent us a series of pictures, both on Saturday and Sunday, so we could see our dogs relaxing or playing in her home! She also sent us verbal reports!

When we came to pick up the dogs, they were so happy and relaxed!! We are so grateful to have found Dona! Knowing we have such a caring and professional dog sitter, we can go away with confidence, knowing our pups are in such good hands!! Thanks so much, Dona!!
My experience with Dona was a delightful one. When you first meet her, you can feel the care and compassion that she has for both people and animals. I felt confident that I was leaving my dog in great hands as I dropped Jade off. Upon my return to town, Jade's happiness was evident. If you are looking for someone that is full of compassion, Dona is a fantastic choice. She is someone that will treat you dog with the greatest of care.
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