Staff

Janene Ferraris - Owner

Janene FerrarisThe Furshire was formed in 1997 and incorporated in 2005. I could not find any kennels, friends or neighbors to give my animals the level of care I felt they deserved while I went away. Guilt would stricken me every time. Thinking about their sad faces looking out of their locked up cages. Ugggg!

I searched high and low for a place that had an owner and staff to care enough about “my kids”. I could not find anything that met my expectations. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and opened The Furshire.

When you leave your pet with us – it’s the behind the scene care you do not see.

1) ATTENTION The snuggling, hugging, one-on-one time your pet receives is crazy awesome and best of all you do not have to pay extra.

2) FREEDOM Each day your pets get to run free inside and outside until they want to stop and rest. They are free to play instead of being locked in a room all day long.

3) FUN! For the water loving dogs they get to swim in the big pool or mess around in the splash park. Or for those who do not fancy the water, they can run and play on our 1 acre.

I have resided in Arizona for 29 years.Janene's dogs
I have no two legged children of my own but I had many years as a foster mom of 101 wonderful children. My pets are my Golden Doodle Apollo, husky mix Katie, my special needs fiddler, and my breeding poodle Gybson.
I play bluegrass fiddle and classical violin and hockey for fun.

My studies include:

  • Dog behavior
  • Pet first aid and CPR Tech
  • Certified with pet care services association
  • Associate degrees in Human Resources and Child Development
  • CDA certification
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Master degree in Organizational Management
Nikki
NikkiHi, I am Nikki, the resort manager at the Furshire. I have been loving on all the Furshire dogs and cats here and have been managing this facility for the past 5 1/2 years.
I’ve been married for 14 years to this wonderful man. I have two great children and 3- 4 legged children. I love playing and getting to know all tour clients cats & pups personalities at the Furshire.

 

 

 

 

Briauna

Hello, my name is Briauna and I am part of the management team at The Furshire! I was born and raised in West Virginia, and attribute my love of nature and being outdoors to my upbringing. My interests include psychology, music, forensics and history. When I’m not taking care of your fur-babies, I’m usually taking a hike, camping, relaxing at home, reading a book or watching a movie. I have 3 fur- children of my own; Stevie a year old lab rescue, Luna a year old tabby cat and Engel a 6 year old black cat. Professionally I spent 10 years working in restaurants, seven of those years in leadership positions. I finally decided to ditch working in food service and pursue my passion- working with animals in the pet industry! I cannot express how lucky I feel each day working at The Furshire! I love learning every pet’s personality and making connections with our clients. The Furshire family is large and full of love. I am so blessed to be a part of it!

 

Bailey

BaileyHi! My name is Bailey Whitmire, and I adore working here at the Furshire! I’m born and raised here in Arizona and am currently the dog mom of 3 crazy kids: a little 13-year-old Shitzu named Lucy(the troublemaker of course), and my two desert lab rescue puppies Leah and Lucas. I grew up with two other Boston Terriers named Carlos and Hazel and a cat who lived to be 20 named Lyle. I’ve always loved my wonderful pets, and it’s been a dream of mine to be a part of a company like the Furshire, so finally living it has been a complete blessing. I can’t emphasize enough how awesome it is to wake up and have to chance to take care of the furry babies all day with a fantastic team of people. I am also a full-time online student at Waldorf University for a Bachelors in Communications with the primary interest in marketing and web design. I’m someone who is incredibly passionate and loves to branch out and try new things in life, and I’m excited to see where this amazing adventure takes me!

 

Alana

Hello! My name is Alana and I have been getting to love on and take care of your kiddos here at The Furshire as of June 2019! Pictured here I am snuggling my own fur-baby, Bugs. I am super excited to work in such a pawsome environment with this amazing and caring group of people! My main hobby is learning new things and have always had a particular passion for learning more about creatures of all kinds and their well-being. I currently attend Arizona State University and am pursuing a bachelors of science in Biology with a minor in Applied Ethics. My goals are to continue working in the field with animals by making a difference in animal cruelty and efforts to protect endangered species. My hope is to make the world a better place for both humans and animals. I feel extremely lucky to start this journey here at The Furshire by helping make our furry friend’s stay as comfortable and fun as possible! 

Amanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! My name is Amanda and I am so excited to be apart of the Furshire family! It has always been a huge passion of mine to care for animals and I love being around them 24/7! Having the opportunity to do it each and every day with some amazing people is a dream come true! I’m born and raised in Arziona and a mom to one amazing son named Tristan and a beautiful kitty named Dutchess. They both mean everything to me and I could not imagine where I would be in this crazy world without them! On my down time I enjoy reading a good book, yoka, hiking, watching a good movie, or learning a new hobby. I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone and learning new skills that I can apply to my everyday life. I am so excited and thankful to have the opportunity to build some great relationships with both you and your fur babies. I can’t wait to see where this journy will take me.

Amber
My name is Amber. I’m the groomer at the Furshire since 2013. I was trained by some of the best show groomers in the country and have been grooming dogs of all breeds for over 35 years. I love when my clients are finished being groomed; how they smile at me as they look back over their dogs.  The Furshire has given me a whole new outlook on my interaction with the dogs. The biggest difference is that I have a playing relationship with the dogs and not just a grooming relationship. The trust level that they have with me when I have them on the grooming table is like no other. They are calm and comfortable instead of being scared. I get to swim and play with the dogs at any time, and it brightens my day. My boss, Janene, and co-worker’s always make it special to be here.
I’m married to a wonderful man of 15 years and have two cats and three wonderful pups of my own who enjoy coming to the Furshire for playgroup as much as I do!!

 

 

Nic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone! My name is Nic and I absolutely LOVE dogs! Everyday begins and ends with my two dogs Meeka and Luka. I have a major passion for photography, and love taking photos of both people and pets. I was born in Oregon, but I’ve spend the last 10 years mostly in Arizona because I love the heat! Arizona is and always will be my true home. I’m so glad to be living in such a wonderful place and that I get to be a part of the Furshire family. Bailey is also my closest friend, and getting the chance to work with her is the best!

Daniel

daniel workingI am Daniel Kutach, I am 61 years old. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957. I moved to Phoenix, Arizona when I was one year old. Been here ever since. I’ve been around animals my whole life. I have three dogs of my own. A lab mix, a Papillon and a Saint Bernard. I have worked 11+ years with dogs and cats. 

Mike

My name is Mike and I love doggos (cats are nice, too, though). I’m a published author, comic artist, and game designer when I’m not looking after the Furshire pups. i’ve always been a natural with animals and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I’m a big fan of jazz, cigars, and westerns, although Robocop is the best film of all time. It has western elements though, so I guess it counts as a western. Sorta.

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