I'm Maria, founder and owner of South Tampa Pet Care and this is me with one of my first regular clients, Blackie...a talker and a lover.

Although I only began my pet care business in 2018, dogs and cats have always been a big part of my life and I cannot imagine a world without our fur friends.


I am a 13 year U.S. Army/Army Reserves veteran living in South Tampa who formerly worked in management for a global corporate company. When I am not taking care of fur babies I mostly enjoy hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. 

We are a small team of pet care takers who provide a range of services to include drop in visits for both dogs and cats, dog walking, and boarding...typically only 1-2 dog at a time unless they are from the same family. During holidays we may board up to 5 dogs at a time.


Marissa G./Poo

Maria is great. Our cat is... not an easy one, but Maria gets it done. She goes above and beyond every time. Thank you!

Maria is amazing! We had a bad experience with a previous cat sitter, but knew immediately upon meeting Maria that she was the perfect person to take care of our special needs fur baby. She was thorough, reliable, and professional. We received daily detailed updates with tons of pictures. She responded to our messages quickly. She also took very good care of our home, which was clean and odor-free when we returned! Honestly can't say enough good things :)

Jeannie M./Buttercup

Maria is wonderful! Her love of dogs (and cats) shines out and she couldn’t have been a better companion for our Labrador puppy. Thank you Maria! Five stars!

Alyssa B./Stella

Maria did an awesome job! She took great care of my cat, who can often be misunderstood, but Maria became the best of friends with her. Maria was flexible with her schedule and provided informative updates about her visit. Thank you Maria!

Lydsey B./Cody

Maria was amazing with our pup, Cody! Cody struggles with separation anxiety and Maria went above and beyond to help keep him comfortable (and also share some great tips for us!). I would absolutely recommend Maria to take care of your fur babies while away. Thank you again, Maria!!

Mark N./Dakota

Maria was awesome! I moved to Tampa three years ago and have been thru a few sitters in that time due to people retiring and moving away. I am so happy to find Maria. My dog, Dakota, is very sweet...but she is also very attached to me and she doesn’t warm up to everyone. Maria was very patient caring and now Dakota has found her sitter! Maria kept me updated every walk when it was done and what occurred on the walk. I HIGHLY recommend Maria! I will definitely be using her any time I need a sitter for Dakota.

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Serving South Tampa

Mailing Address:

405 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, #137

Tampa, Florida 33609



Direct: 813-331-5470

©2018 by South Tampa Pet Care

Brent P./Tobey

Maria took care of my senior cat who has a number of health problems. She was wonderful about giving him his medications and trying new things to get him to eat more. I got detailed notes every day and multiple photos, which I really appreciated.