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Local success story in the national spotlight

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A unique success story coming out of Cape May Court House about a woman who followed her passion and is now being recognized nationally.

With her bubbly personality and down to business demeanor, pet sitter extraordinaire Vanessa Sorace is following her passion and really turning heads.

'It's a great job. It absolutely does not feel like work.  After some time in corporate America I decided to come back and open a pet sitting business," Vanessa Sorace explained.

Vanessa started this business in 2006 as a dream. She worked hard and now six years later she has 400 clients, several employees, and is being called a true Cape May County success story.

"Cape May is actually where I grew up. I've lived all over the world and when I decided I was going to give everything up and do exactly what I wanted to do I thought where is the best place to go and went back to my home town," Sorace said.

Now her actions are being recognized nationally, as she is one of five finalists out of hundreds of entries, vying for pet sitter international's pet sitter of the year.

"Its very exciting. And this is the highest honor you can achieve in the pet sitting industry," Sorace added.

The highest honor doesn't just go to any old pet sitter, Vanessa doesn't just walk dogs and care for cats, she'll sleep over your house, taxi them to the vet, and if you have other exotic animals... she has that covered too.

"We take care of alpacas, and donkeys, and pigs and goats and chickens and turkeys!" Sorace explained.

"I can't say I'm surprised because I couldn't imagine a better pet sitter than Vanessa," Larry Hanker said.

While Vanessa and her company, Zoo Sitters, get raving reviews, she doesn't need to talk about what she does, because what she does speaks for itself.

"Her ability to bond with animals is something rarely seen," Hanker added.

Win or lose, her Cape May County clients say she's already number one.

Vanessa and Zoo Sitters will find out the results of this award in mid–January.


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