Meet the Team

Marcia Kay Foster:Marcia Kay

Marcia Kay started Creature Comforts in 2001 with the goal of keeping pets as comfortable as possible in their normal stress-free routine in their home. She worked as a veterinary assistant for over 3 years and saw firsthand the stresses they could endure while boarding. She enjoys tending to her clients’ pets and making sure they are treated with love, kindness, and lots of attention. Each one of her charges becomes an extension of her own family, and they are very near and dear to her heart. She helped organize a Red Cross Pet Safety course be provided in 2012, so she is certified in Red Cross Pet Safety and First Aid. She has a genuine connection to the pets she cares for and says, “There couldn’t be a more satisfying job. The love from the pets is unconditional.”


Heather Kalcic:

Heather’s earliest memories of growing up in the country were of stray animals always dumped and added to her home, that was already occupied by multiple cats and dogs. Throughout her whole first half of life, she was more a cat lover coming from generations of cat lovers before. In college, one single dog stole her heart and was her best friend and daughter for the next 12 years. After she had her son in 2002, she found a new career path working with animals. She states, “I get so much satisfaction befriending and caring for pets, especially the ones overcoming adversity and disabilities.” Heather has 9 furbabies, all rescues and all overlooked. She’s worked for pet care facilities for over 6 years, but now is happy to be caring for pets in their familiar environment. She says, “I’m excited to build positive relationships with more pets and gain their trust on their turf.”

Chanda Williams:

Chanda (pronounced “Shonda”) is a mother of two young children, and she loves spending time with them and her kitty, Tuff.  She is no stranger to caring for animals, having worked as a zookeeper, an employee at the Department of Natural Resources’ Prairie State Park, and at National Audubon Society’s Wildcat Glades here in Joplin, Missouri. Her job brought her in contact with native species of animals, giving her the opportunity to educate young minds and care for snakes, lizards, spiders, ferrets, and rabbits, as well as those animals that would not be pets – bison and elk!  She looks forward to caring for your dogs and cats, and other pets as well.


 Cyndi Cogbill:

Animals have always been a part of Cyndi’s life. As a child, she brought home several animals until her parents finally let her have a cat. From that first cat, she has had all kinds of critters from dogs, to guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, and chickens. One of her first jobs was working for a registered American Kennel Club kennel where she groomed, fed, exercised, and trained dogs. Cyndi worked for 25 years as a naturalist, first at Missouri State Parks and then at the Missouri Department of Conservation also caring for education animals – reptiles, amphibians, and, fish.


Becky Martino:

Becky applied and came onto the team in July 2017, when it became apparent we had grown so much in the Webb City/Carl Junction area and needed some help.Becky has been a client of ours for about three years and has one of the cutest little Dachshund mixes ever, Frankie. Frankie has been joined by Tico – another rescue by the Martino’s. They have had many cats before, but currently have only Blackie, an indoor/outdoor cat, who is also a rescue. Becky is a retired English teacher and is a gentle and caring person of kids and animals alike. She was very excited to join the team, and thoroughly enjoys her time with the animals she cares for, oftentimes spending extra time with them. We are glad to have her as a Creature Comforts pet care provider.


Laurel Stebbins: 

Animals are a major part of Laurel’s life. While she is a teacher in the Kansas area, she has rescued, fostered, and nursed many pets from the Joplin Humane Society along with those that are brought to her when found by people who know her large heart and affinity for helping those who are lost and broken. She offered to help us with our overload this summer, and we could not be more delighted to have her join us! We are already putting the thought in her ear to help mornings, nights and holidays after she goes back to teaching the latter part of August. She knows the varying temperaments of animals, their signals, and how special they all are, especially to their 2-legged companions – US!. Thanks, Laurel. We would love reviews for Laurel to be posted to our Testimonial page

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