OUR TEAM

Loving animals isn't our business. It's our lifestyle. 


AUBRIE, founder

AUBRIE, founder

Hi! I'm Aubrie the founder of VIVA PETS and have a couple words before you read some fun silly facts about us! 

Love for animals is something that has remained constant throughout my entire life. While doing lots of pet sitting/walking, it always seemed like a hobby and not a job. Over the years I have been first picked by friends and family to care for their furry family members. After two years of noticing many referrals and my community of pet clients growing, it was time to make a decision to turn a hobby into something more; and so VIVA PETS was born! Six years later and now with a power-packed team, we are able to make more furry friends across Los Angeles. We are a small, tight-knit group of my friends whom I’ve known from 2-18 years. We are NOT the Uber of pet sitting: we know your furry friend; we work as a team so we are all familiar with the going-ons with them; and we have monthly meetings/trainings to ensure we are providing the best experience for them and yourself. This is more than filling up bowls and tugging on leashes for us, and I hope that you can tell! xo!

 

I love breakfast tacos but good coffee is my favorite thing to indulge in.

You can usually find me listening to The Smiths, involved in activism, cooking from scratch, trying hard not to kill plants, or making some DIY version of pretty much anything. 

I like to read non fiction books – nutrition, biographies & self help. Or Harry Potter, the exception to the non fiction obsession. 

I’m pretty much a hippie (vegan for life, I tote around reusable cups/utensils because I like the environment & I enjoy making non chemical household items) except for fashion, I definitely don’t look like a hippie.

My heart belongs to my two dogs, Lydia & Floyd. I would rather spend my free time with them more than anyone else. 


JASON

JASON

Because of my obsession with roller coasters I have a membership to Six Flags Magic Mountain. My goal is to hit every intense roller coaster ride in the world, next up on the agenda: Takabisha in Japan with a 121 degree drop!

I've recently lost 80 lbs. I have fallen in love with hiking and bike riding, and am working up to riding for AIDS Life Cycle.

I compose Hands Up & Eurodance music. I throw warehouse events with a hard dance collective which serve as fundraisers for small LA-based non-profits.

I organized the largest Transgender Career Fair in the world (80 employers and over 550 job seekers) which provided a much needed service for a community that is severely underrepresented in the workforce.

I try out a new vegan restaurant or food truck every week. My favorite mac n cheese is in LA, my favorite Chinese food is in Las Vegas, and my favorite philly cheesesteak is in New York City.


JOANNA

JOANNA

I never stopped being the weird shark girl in school so much so I'm working towards my Masters in Marine Biology!

I grew up in SoCal yet never ate an avocado until I was 19. I eat basically like a vegan toddler!

I have a serious plant problem. There are about 20+ green friends in my tiny apartment. Hit me up if you want some monstera cuttings!

I rescued my two cat children as kittens in the arts district back when it was still mostly abandoned warehouses yet they still try to steal my bagels. They're the best monsters.

I exclusively rearrange furniture at 3am and I am not sorry.


KATHLEEN

KATHLEEN

I'm an avid bibliophile; I read everything from graphic novels to young adult fiction and from Octavia Butler to Judith Butler.

I speak fluent French and elementary Spanish and will begin learning Tagalog soon.

In my spare time, I volunteer teaching English at my local library and helping to feed people who live on the streets.

I can count on my hands the number of people in my life who have seen me wear my natural hair color.

I live with a rambunctious kitty named Anya.


LAUREN

LAUREN

I’m a musician and music producer who is a nerd for synthesizers and creating cool sounds. 

I love costumes, and my favorite costume as a kid was a cockatoo.  

I don’t eat meat. I love my furry friends! 

I have been known to go far down the internet rabbit hole and google Madonna’s 80’s fashion for hours. 

I am passionate about community activism. 


NICK

NICK

I have been vegan and straight edge for over 12 years now.

I am a guitarist, drummer, and singer, and have toured all over the country with my loud, obnoxious punk band.

I am a videographer, photographer, graphic designer.

I am a UCB trained improvisor, so I'm sufficiently equipped to "Yes and" anything your beloved fur baby does.

I broke my collar bone once after intentionally jumping out of a tree and trying to do a shoulder roll, so I deserved that.


NICOLE

NICOLE

I'm that animal lover who will stop on the street to have conversations with dogs or moo to the cows out the car window. I'm simply smitten.

I run a small vintage store, so one of my favorite pastimes is taking treasure hunting road trips.

Meditation is a foundational part of my life. Daily practicer here!

Living in LA has turned me into quite the coffee snob, and my daily cup is my happy place.

I have an ongoing collection of mugs from the 70s


Zoë

Zoë


I graduated from UCLA without ever quite making it to a football game.

I was raised vegetarian by my delightfully hippy mother, but we both went vegan four years ago.

I love old monster movies! My favorite place to try to see them in LA is the Egyptian Theatre.

If I’m not working, you can probably catch me doing improv comedy or performing in interactive theater. If anything can happen and it’s a little punk rock, I’m in.

My goal is to be zero waste. I try to make my own beauty products and household cleaning solutions. The tabs open on my computer are probably new and interesting recipes I’d like to attempt.