Lorraine Zdeb is the owner of Love Your Pet™ pet sitters and a licensed pet insurance representative with Trupanion. She is the former president of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters – and now serves as an advisory board member with NAPPS. Since her involvement initiating a then-non-existent animal rescue team after hurricane floyd flooded parts of NJ, Lorraine serves on the State of NJ Animal Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee (AEPARC). Lorraine also supports holistic pet care products from Life’s Abundance. Lorraine also owns and runs Love Your Pet, Pet Care University to help educate both pet owners and pet professionals on basic and advanced methods of care for animals.
In June of 1996, Lorraine was honored with a Congressional Award for her work with animal rescue groups and educational efforts on behalf of animals. The award was given by Congressman Bob Franks, Seventh Congressional District.
She has given numerous seminars, written many articles, and has appeared on Good Day New York, ABCNews, 20/20, NBC, People Magazine, Fox Channel 5, Dr. Jonathan Greenfield’s, The Family Pet, Long Island, NY, as well as many other cable television shows. She has been quoted by: The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, and The San Fransisco Examiner, just to name a few. Lorraine has also given many radio interviews all over the United States and Canada. In February of 1998, Lorraine appeared in Dog Fancy Magazine, as NAPPS second inductee into the NAPPS Hall Of Fame.
When Hurricane Floyd hit NJ in 1999, Lorraine Zdeb was ready. Knowing all too well how tight the human/animal bond is, she was prepared to help some humans and their pets. Gathering her pet sitters, along with volunteers skilled with the care of animals from neighboring towns, Lorraine set up her 5.5 acre farm as a triage unit. With the use of her renovated barn, and the blessing of well-water, Lorraine went to work. Local veterinarians from the Somerset Vet Group and the Hillsborough Veterinary Hospital were called upon by Zdeb to treat animals brought in by her teammates on The Somerset County Animal Rescue Team. Food was delivered by pet stores and Lorraine helped other volunteers distribute it to families’ pets in damaged parts of Bound Brook and Manville. She and her team visited area ‘people shelters’ and gathered information on lost pets and comforted local residents whose homes were lost. She calmly assured them that she had several temporary foster homes set up for their pets. Lorraine and her teammates helped transport large dogs and other pets to dog kennels where there was more room and answered incoming phone calls from frantic pet owners. And on top of everything managed to keep her sanity…
Lorraine is a dedicated pet guardian and works to educate pet owners on responsible pet guardianship. At Colonial Park, in the leash-free dog park, stands a dog statue she donated. The plaque reads:
BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER
HONOR THE LEASH LAWS
INOCULATE AGAINST DISEASE AND
REMEMBER TO SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS
WE ARE STRONG WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER
YOUR PETS DEPEND ON YOU
RETURN THE LOVE
Ms. Zdeb is a frequent invited speaker for local events and tv programs involving her study of wolves. She is a Wolf Song Of Alaska wolf education volunteer.
Lorraine playing with Samson, head wolf in the Disney movie The Saucer’s Apprentice
To celebrate Love Your Pet’s 25 year anniversary, Lorraine has launched the Love Your Pet Shop and now offers her very own Natural Dog Treats, LoveBitez which are chemical, preservative, corn, wheat and soy free, made with organic spelt flour and are made in the USA.
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