Kennel ManagerSamantha Quercio
Samantha joined the team at VCA Lewis in August of 2010. She specializes in the special care and comfort of your pets while staying with us. After spending time at Baltimore Animal Control, Sam developed a fond love for the pit bull breed, and now has her very own two "pibbles" named Sixx and Lars. She also has three lizards named Peter, Brian, and Stewie. In her free time, Sam enjoys exotic foods, concerts and spending time at home with her pets!
Kennel AssistantKaren Howes
Karen began working at VCA Lewis in 1991 as a kennel technician. In 1997 she started helping her sister, June, in the grooming department, assisting with baths and haircuts. When it comes to pets that are boarding with us, Karen wants to make them feel like our hospital is their home away from home, and she makes it her goal to keep them happy and comfortable during their stay. There has never been a moment in Karen's life where she has been without a pet, and she currently has an array of different animals. She is the proud owner of Charlie, a lion head rabbit (pictured above); Panda, a robo dwarf hamster, and a Conure named Annie. Karen enjoys camping, crafts, and has a large assortment of horse collectibles and nutcrackers.
"My life has been enriched by my family of pets. I want to share my attention, love, and care for others' pets."
Kennel AssistantKatie Huff
School: Towson University, Art / Illustration
Still relatively new to the area and VCA community, Katie joined the team in March of 2013 and has enjoyed it ever since. She graduated from Towson University in 2012 with a degree in Art/Illustration, but after a senior year full of painting pet portraits, she realized that actually working with animals was where she wanted to be all along (though she still paints sometimes). Katie currently lives with a fluffy ragdoll cat named Berlioz and, distantly, an elderly siamese named Pippin (who lives with her parents.) In her spare time, she enjoys playing videogames and hanging out with her boyfriend (and cats!)
"My favorite part of working here would be getting to know the "regulars" who board with us. It always makes me smile when I can recognize a client's voice on the phone and immediately remember their pet's name. I know we're not supposed to pick favorites, but sometimes they're what make it easier to come in to work at 7am on a Saturday! I love being able to spend time with these special little (and sometimes big) guys while they stay with us. I've always considered myself to be a "cat person," but since working here I've really grown to accept dogs into my circle of appreciation (which means a lot to me!)
When your pet needs a haircut or just a general spa day, it's time for them to come visit our groomer, June!
June started working at VCA Lewis in 1990 as kennel technician/receptionist. In 1994, she decided to pursue her true calling as a pet groomer, where she enjoys making pets look and feel fabulous! She lives with a number of different animals which include her retriever mix, Littlefoot (pictured above); Peanut, a lop-eared rabbit; a Russian Bear Hamster named Hamtaro; and a guinea pig named Reeses. Her hobbies, she says, are her son's hobbies, which include horseback riding and karate. When she has time to herself, she also enjoys sight-seeing, crafts, camping, studying Native American lore, and volunteering.
"I love animals. There has never been a time in my life that I didn't have an animal. My family has included dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. My love for animals spread into caring for other peoples' pets. I want to ensure pet parents that their pets are getting the best care."