MEET OUR TEAM
founder & head trainer
Merritt has always had a passion for animals and has been training for over a decade. She's a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and is an ABC Certified Dog Trainer who has also successfully completed a marine mammal course. An active member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Merritt was a vet tech before pursuing her dream of opening Wags 'n Whiskers.
kennel manager & camp wags supervisor
As Wags ‘n Whiskers kennel manager, Meredith ensures that all pets are properly cared for in a safe, clean and comfortable environment. In addition to her kennel duties, Meredith oversees Camp Wags, where she makes sure all daycare dogs are having fun and in the best play group for their personality. Meredith is the proud owner of six pets (including a turtle).
director of operations & head groomer
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations at Wags, Jill founded and administers the Wags ‘n Whiskers Rescue. She is the proud owner of five rescue pets – Louise, Gucci, Stella, Squirt and
Hugs – and has wanted to be a part of the rescue and pet community since a young age. After graduating from Auburn University, she met Merritt while they were both techs at a local vet – the rest is history!
Emma, a student at the University of Alabama Birmingham pursuing her degree in English, helps take care of the dogs and cats staying at Wags ‘n Whiskers and assists with Camp Wags. Playing with all of the dogs in Wags’ daycare is the highlight of her day! Emma holds a special place in her heart for Wags Rescue, which helps find homes for homeless dogs and cats.
Sally’s love for socializing with animals and passion for learning pups' unique personalities make her a perfect fit for the Wags team. A lifelong volunteer at vet clinics around town, Sally has always dreamed of working with animals. She completed an internship at a training facility prior to joining the Wags team and is currently in the process of becoming a certified trainer. She is the loving owner of four rescue dogs: Sheeba, Penny, Merlin and Roxy.
Perri does a little bit of everything at Wags, but you can most often find her greeting furry friends at the front desk or playing with them in Camp Wags. A student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers!), Perri’s favorite part of working at Wags is playing with all of the dogs and giving them lots of love while their parents are at work or out of town.
THE WAGS WAY
For your furry friends, there’s only one way – The Wags Way!
The Wags Way is our promise that your pets will always experience positive reinforcement, compassionate care and a clean environment while with the Wags team! Your pets will be treated like family and we will never use force or intimidation tactics to modify their behavior. We will consistently foster a happy and fun atmosphere where our trainers and counselors are genuinely engaged and active with your furry friends! Safety is a top priority at Wags, and by utilizing a low counselor-to-pet ratio (1:5), we are able to devote more time to each animal while ensuring the safety of all.
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TOUR OUR FACILITY
The Wags ‘n Whiskers facility is conveniently located in Birmingham, Alabama in the heart of Homewood and offers unrivaled comforts, state-of-the-art technologies and valuable conveniences for both our four-legged friends and their loving owners! Interested in seeing our facility? Come see us! We are always happy to give owners and guests tours.