Bay Area Pet Pals owner, Lynda Mortensen, began providing pet services when she started “Super Scoopers” in 1989. Her business was one of the first doggie yard clean-up services in existence.
Shortly after opening, word spread around that such a service existed – and “Super Scoopers” was soon asked for interviews on station KNBR 68’s Frank and Mike radio show, the Alex Bennett show on KMEL, and several other local stations.
Eventually, Steve Rubenstein, reporter for the SF Chronicle, heard of the service and asked to ride along for a day. He wrote a full column about Lynda’s business and her service for pets. As the “Super Scoopers” business grew, customers asked for more. “Super Scoopers” then added pet and house sitting services, pet food and supply delivery, dog walking, and pet taxi services.
After taking a few years off to raise a family and succeed at other endeavors, Lynda and her crew were ready to share their experience and expertise in pet care once again – as Bay Area Pet Pals!
Lynda knew at an early age that she would eventually work with animals. As a child, she was always the one to bring home various stray animals – or take in pets that friends could no longer keep. After high school, Lynda attended school for veterinary assisting. She eventually realized that a daily dose of suffering and sick animals would not be the best way to share her love of pets.
Lynda completed volunteer work for a few local animal shelters, and ended up adopting many pets with the hope of saving them from euthanization. Unfortunately, it proved to be stressful and she stopped after taking home 13 cats and 4 dogs.
Bay Area Pet Pals is Lynda’s dream of working with animals on a daily basis. It is a joy for her to assist people with their pets. She gets a daily pet “fix” and loves every minute of it.
Lynda’s husband, Eric, is retired from a commercial property management company, where he worked as the Controller/CFO. He now handles all of the businesses accounting, taxes, payroll, and also helps with Bay Area Pet Pals customers and their pet boarders when needed.
Bay Area Pet Pals is Lynda’s dream of working with animals on a daily basis. It is a joy for her to assist people with their pets. She gets a daily pet “fix” and loves every minute of it. She has rescued and adopted dogs and cats, and she still frequently opens her home and heart to foster and rehab dogs for many local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Lynda’s sons, Lars and Anthony, also love animals. They have many years of experience caring for their own pets as well as working for Bay Area Pet Pals during school breaks when they were young.
The oldest son, Lars, graduated UC Davis in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 4.3 GPA. His career is now in management, designing HVAC systems for a large company in the Bay Area. Lars is also an Eagle Scout, and Lynda and Eric are very proud of his achievements. Lars’ love for the family pets and the outdoors means he is a great help with Bay Area Pet Pals when he is available on occasion.
Anthony, the youngest son, graduated Carlmont High School in June of 2012 and went on to graduate from a 4 year California State University. He is enjoying his job at a local medical device company. He has over seven years of experience playing alto saxophone with his school’s band and taught himself how to play the guitar. Anthony was also a Boy Scout and has proudly attained the rank of Eagle as of November 2011. His love of the outdoors and pets also make him a great help with Bay Area Pet Pals whenever extra hands are needed and he has the time.
Now, over 26 years later, Lynda Mortensen has been a small business owner and her love of animals has grown even stronger. We know that choosing a pet sitting service can be difficult, so Bay Area Pet Pals is a licensed, bonded, and insured company that does not use independent contractors who perform a job “here and there”. Employees that are hired are thoroughly screened, background checked, and trained to meet the standards of caring service – and each must possess a big love for animals.