Caring for Charlotte's most loved pets since 1995.




Heavy Petting Pet Sitting is a small, family-owned business based on a deep love for animals.

We won’t try to sell you expensive dog food, supplements or pet photographs.

We provide dependable, professional and experienced care at reasonable rates. References available upon request.



Alisha Tomlinson

Owner, Primary Pet Sitter

Alisha Tomlinson is the owner and primary pet sitter of Heavy Petting Pet Sitting. A Charlotte native, she brings a lifetime of love for animals to her work. After several years working at a large veterinary practice, she witnessed behind the scenes mistreatment of boarding dogs and cats in noisy kennels and knew there was a better way.

Since 1995, she has walked, petted and loved hundreds of client’s pets like they were her own.

Alisha is a vegetarian, active in animal rescue, feral cat T-N_R and wildlife rehab and takes care of her own herd of cats, dogs, potbellied pigs, chickens, turkey and a tortoise named Helga at home when she isn’t taking care of your pets.

Alisha is Red Cross Pet First Aid/CPR certified and has cared for a large variety of animals. If you love them, so can Alisha. Until his death in 2009, Alisha also visited nursing homes with Mr. Joy, her tiny therapy rooster. 

CLICK HERE to see Mr. Joy at the Golden Living Center



Troy Tomlinson

Husband, Back-up Sitter, Photographer

Troy Tomlinson is Alisha’s husband and back up sitter. He often accompanies her during visits on nights and weekends. Troy is a talented professional photographer who owns Flaming Chicken Studio.

Troy is also a vegetarian and responsible for bringing 2 dogs and three cats into their blended family in 2002 and MANY more since then. He has a special way with dogs and birds of all sizes, especially Chica their chihuahua/poodle mix Chica. Troy is very active in farm animal and wildlife rescue. Alisha and Troy actually fell in love helping a friend Trap/Neuter/Release a colony of feral cats in 2002.



(704) 651-9098


daily walks/pet sitting 

Plaza Midwood • NODA • Merry Oaks • Windsor Park • Elizabeth • Eastover

limited service

South Park • Cherry • Dilworth • Foxcroft • Stonehaven • Parts of East Charlotte

contact us to inquire about neighborhoods served

Licensed • Insured

Member of Pet Sitters International




“Alisha has been taking care of my many generations of cats since before she made a full-time career of pet sitting.  She is totally reliable, and I never worry about my fur babies when I am out of town. I recently adopted a young cat and returned home to find that Alisha had given him a new toy that he is totally wild about! I always look forward to her Christmas cards with photos of the many animals that she and Troy share their home with.  Alisha is a genuine lover of all animals, and I highly recommend her!” -Gail S.

“Alisha – Having you available means we can get away without worry.  Even pets requiring medicine and special diets are no problem. And you even dealt with that pesky malfunctioning alarm (many apologies!!!).  The kitties love your extra attention. Thanks for all you do.” -Libby M.

“Alisha has been with the Smith family through many trials and tribulations, serving more as pet consultant, therapist and lifesaver than as ‘pet sitter.’  Not only has she reliably fed, watered and entertained our beloved dog and cat family members, she has administered pills, eye drops and sub-q fluids.

She responded to our frantic call while we were out of town and found out our house was on fire, quickly whisking our five fearful felines to the emergency room, where they were all treated and eventually released.  

Both Alisha and Troy have taken time to bond with all our pets over the years, even our shyest, sharing our joy in the baby steps of our rescues’ burgeoning trust.  They have helped us raise newborn kittens, and to seek out homes for multiple rescues when we were overwhelmed.

When I had to leave home for two weeks for emergency medical treatment, they set up their video system in our house so that we could enjoy watching our little furry family!  I could go on and on, but she has certainly been put to the test, and I trust Alisha (and Troy!) with my pets’ lives.” - Seana S.

Contact Us!

Phone: (704) 651-9098



Daily walks and pet sitting available in

Plaza-Midwood * NoDa * Merry Oaks * Windsor Park • Elizabeth * Eastover


Limited service available in

South Park * Cherry * Dilworth * Foxcroft * Stonehaven and parts of East Charlotte

Licensed * Insured * Member of Pet Sitters International