StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Ellyna-May V

Area: Eastleigh Ridge, Edenvale

Note: Ellyna-May happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BA (English and Psychology)

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: June 2017


Experience with animals and own pets

I'm part of a pet loving family and have had many pets during my life.

At the moment, we own three 8 year old Jack-Russell Terriers with the names Hartjie, Schalk and QT; a Ringneck named Peanut and a leopard gecko named Bacon. The newest addition to the family is Caesar, an African Grey.

My childhood pets were a German shepherd named Manna, a Cocker Spaniel named Him, and Jack Russell Terriers Patchy and Spotty.

All of my animals have a very special place in my heart and I love spending time with them all when I relax. I am often around other pets of friends and family and enjoy any time spent with an animal!


Feedback from References


J. Allen - Acacia Kids

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

I have known Ellyna for 9 years. We first met when she MC'd a ballet show.

She runs a branch of my modelling school at Acacia Kids.

Ellyna has excellent people skills and is exceptionally caring and patient with people, children especially.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes: A well-balanced, mature and reliable young lady. She is hardworkng and loyal. I know she will make the best of every opportunity afforded to her.

K. Owuso - Edenvale Methodist Church

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Ellyna is a member of the youth group at my church.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes: Ellyna is a lovely, caring and compassionate person. She is a pleasure to be around. I highly recommend her for this position, she won't let you down.

T. Blake - Edenvale Methodist Church

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Ellyna is one of my youth members at Edenvale Methodist church.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes: Ellyna is always punctual and is a hard worker, her presence is always welcome and enjoyed


StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask.


Visits with Harry and Grace (cats)

My name: Romy Heldsinger

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Harry and Grace (cats)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 7/11/2017 5:24:14 PM

Stay-overs

My name: Gavin Duffey

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 11/30/2017 8:34:21 AM

Visits with Zoey and Faf (Birds) and Sylvester and Cody (cats)

My name: Samantha Gloy

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Zoey and Faf (Birds) and Sylvester and Cody (cats)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

We are very happy with Ellyna-May V. My pets were well looked after while we were away. She is reliable and responsible. My pets enjoyed her company. Well balanced young lady. We received photo's everyday of the pets, and had piece of mined our pets were cared for.We would absolutely recommend her.

Date of Review: 1/10/2018 2:02:50 PM

Stay-overs with Dusty (Jack Russell Terrier), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

My name: Caro Robson

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Dusty (Jack Russell Terrier), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Sort of - I got updates, but they were not as detailed as I would have liked.

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Additional Comments:

Ellyna looked after my furkids for 2 consecutive weekends.

Date of Review: 7/31/2018 12:51:15 PM

Stay-overs with Dusty (Jack Russell cross) and Ed Sheeran (cat)

My name: Caro Robson

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Dusty (Jack Russell cross) and Ed Sheeran (cat)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

Third time we have used Ellyna and she was great :).

Loved the video she sent of her and Dusty jogging!

Date of Review: 8/15/2018 5:39:41 AM

Visits with Loki (Boerboel cross), Cinnamon (Maltese cross) and Jak (cat)

My name: Claire Baker

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Loki (Boerboel cross), Cinnamon (Maltese cross) and Jak (cat)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 9/6/2018 6:09:08 AM

Visits with Dusty (Jack Russell cross), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

My name: Caro Robson

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Dusty (Jack Russell cross), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Additional Comments:

Ellyna happily agreed to visit my babies at very short notice, over a long weekend.

Thank you, Ellyna!!

Date of Review: 10/4/2018 9:01:25 AM

Visits with Zoey (African Grey), Faf (Budgie), Sylvester and Cody (cats)

My name: Samantha Gloy

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Zoey (African Grey), Faf (Budgie), Sylvester and Cody (cats)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

THANK YOU SO MUCH ELLYNA-MAY.

Date of Review: 10/16/2018 6:26:59 AM

Visits with Cats and Birds

My name: Samantha Gloy

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Cats and Birds

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

Thank you so much.

Date of Review: 11/26/2018 2:13:08 PM

Visits with Freccia and Arco (German Shepherds)

My name: Nick Cinquina

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Freccia and Arco (German Shepherds)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 1/3/2019 6:21:29 AM

Visits with Nina (domestic short-haired cat)

My name: Shannon De Ryhove

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Nina (domestic short-haired cat)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Date of Review: 12/28/2018 8:11:11 PM

Visits with bird zoey cats cody & sylvester

My name: Samantha Gloy

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): bird zoey cats cody & sylvester

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Thanks Ellyna-May you are awesome with our pets!!

Date of Review:3/29/2019 6:37:38 AM

Stay-overs with Dusty (JRT) + Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

My name: Caro Robson

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Dusty (JRT) + Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Ellyna was great, even taking care of a few small dramas that occurred during our time away. She kept in contact and logically solved problems :).

Date of Review:4/2/2019 10:59:22 AM

Stay-overs with Dusty (Jack russel terrier), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

My name: Caro Robson

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Dusty (Jack russel terrier), Ed Sheeran and Karate (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Not quite...

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Additional Comments: Ellyna kept me updated and kindly took Dusty to my sister for playtime every day :). The only small point of improvement is that I ask she not forget to fill the bird feeders in the garden next time. Overall, a great experience as always. Thanks, Ellyna!

Date of Review: 4/16/2019 6:10:30 PM

Visits with Feral cats

My name: Jeannette Fischer

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Feral cats

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Sort of - I got updates, but they were not as detailed as I would have liked.

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Not quite...

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 3

Additional Comments: Ellyna disappointed us this time. I was away in the USA and had to follow up with her on all the visits. She was instructed to be at the sites at 07h30 in the morning and she only got there at around 9am on most visits. I had to communicate with her to ask her what was going on. When my office supervisor met her at our offices, as Ellyna has not read the instructions given to her, she found her and her boyfriend unkempt and unwashed as though they had just woken up and rushed to do the feeding. I am honestly in a bind as I have booked her for December, but this was not quite what we got from her last December.

Note from StudentCo: We thank Jeannette for this feedback. The issue was immediately addressed, with both pet parent and pet sitter contacted. Thank you for helping us improve our service!

Date of Review: 2019/08/05 13:22:09

Stay-overs with Hannah (Beagle-Spaniel mix) and Nina (cat)

My name: Shannon de Ryhove

Name of pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

My pets (breeds and names): Hannah (Beagle-Spaniel mix) and Nina (cat)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Hannah is always a bit nervous of new people, but Ellyna made her feel settled and calm in no time. She gave me detailed updates of what was happening at home and I felt very relaxed about leaving my home and animals with her.

Date of Review: 2019/08/06 11:45:16

Stay-overs with Nina (cat) and dog

Pet sitter: Ellyna-May V

Pet parent: Shannon de Ryhove

Service type: Stay-overs

Furkids: Nina (cat) and dog

Review: First, I'd like to say that Ellyna - May is always very sweet and very reliable, but this last service showed that she could use a bit of improvement in her communication.

I had requested that she be at my house by 6pm on my day of departure to ensure that my dog and cat were fed at their usual time, and that she let me know when she arrived. By 7pm, I had still not heard from her so I phoned her to find out where she was. She apologised for being so late and explained that she'd been working late - I appreciate that sometimes things are a bit crazy and we run late, but I explained to her that she needed to keep me updated. Once she arrived, she promptly let me know, sending a pin and a photo of the dog and the cat - this was great. From then on, her communication improved dramatically, and I cannot fault her on that.

I learned on Saturday afternoon that her mom had taken ill and had been admitted into hospital. I told her, if she needed to, she could leave and be with her mother. To Ellyna's credit, she stayed at my house and continued to look after my pets.

Overall, I am happy with Ellyna's service, but feel that she could improve on her communication somewhat . I don't like to give negative reviews, but I was quite anxious at my pets being left alone for quite some time, especially past their mealtimes. (I also realise they won't die if they have to wait a few more hours for their meal, but a quick message to update me on expected time of arrival is always best ! )

I hope this doesn't negatively impact Ellyna's reviews, but I did want to be honest about my experience. I would still book Ellyna's services, as she genuinely seems to like my pets and that me ans a lot to me!

Date of review: 28 October 2019

Notes from StudentCo: The issues raised have been addressed with both the pet parent and sitter. We thank Shannon for bringing the matter to our attention and helping us improve our service.