THE MEOW SQUAD

Meet the cadre of elite caregivers and companions for your cat!

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Susan Cesarini

CFMG/OWNER

Susan is the owner of The Cat Chalet, a beautiful luxury boarding and grooming resort for the refined feline in Reno, NV. She is a pioneer in the national cat boarding movement, having created a culture for top notch care at her former boarding facility, which was one of the first cat exclusive boarding resorts in the nation.

All grooming services are performed by Susan, Certified Feline Master Groomer. Look no further for a cat groomer who is more skilled in handling and passionate about cats! Susan is a first generation American and the Founder/Director of Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada, a non-profit that has provided valuable services to cats in need in our community.

Over the years, she has formed amazing relationships with her feline guests as well as their human companions, offering them peace of mind while they are away from home. Some of her most rewarding experiences are to see cats she has rescued and rehomed over the years come back to her care as boarding and grooming guests!

Her former Feline Sanctuary & Adoption Center was home to an average of 30 residents and her community outreach programs offered assistance to cats such as low cost spay/neuter, a cat food bank program and transitional boarding to families who suddenly became homeless or those fleeing domestic violence situations. Currently, Susan assists those who need help with their cats during community disasters, such as flooding or fire, by offering free boarding services to feline evacuees, giving their families one less thing to worry about as they are forced to evacuate their homes.

Susan also served on the City of Reno Animal Services Task Force for improving conditions for homeless cats. She was also presented with a nomination for the Red Cross “Real Animal Hero” award and received commendations for her commitment and dedication to helping cats in her community from Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Mark Amodei and Senator Dean Heller.

Stefanie

Stefanie Holder

RESORT MANAGER

Stefanie is a life long cat lover and has yet to live a day of her life without being owned by a cat! Her professional adventures in cat care started as a teenager, working alongside her mom to trap, neuter and return feral cats and kittens in her neighborhood. 

Stefanie spent countless hours cuddling feral kittens to socialize them so they could be adopted and become loving, social family members in their new homes. If you have ever tried to tame a feral kitten, you know what a challenge this can be! All of her effort and hard work helped create a local nonprofit, Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada.

Stefanie then joined the cat exclusive boarding resort that was owned by her mom at the time. She quickly became the resort manager, using her finely tuned cat rescue skills to provide only the best of care to the boarding guests entrusted to her by our clients. Stefanie easily juggled multiple hats by swiftly shifting gears from resort manager to sanctuary manager, going back and forth from each neighboring facility all day long.

Currently, Stefanie manages all aspects of the feline operations at The Cat Chalet as well as handles concierge services for our clients.

Martha

Martha Shinn

FELINE CARETAKER

Martha is an immigrant from Aschach, Germany. Being a child who grew up in Nazi Germany, hard work and survival are no stranger to her. She is the hardest working woman we know and the creator of our family’s passion of all things cat related!

Many of you will remember Martha from her years of service with Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada, where she was the driving force behind our cat care package community outreach program. Martha was in charge of making sure there were enough cat care packages for struggling families, reducing the need for families to surrender their cats to shelters due to financial hardships.

Martha’s cat care duties at The Cat Chalet include socializing first time boarding guests to help them transition to our resort environment. When you see Martha at The Cat Chalet, we speak mostly German so don’t be surprised if your cat returns home learning a few words in German!

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Gary Bell

OFFICE ASSISTANT / DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Bio coming soon….

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Mason

CAT COMFORTER / CHALET ASSISTANT

Bio coming soon….

ciera

Ciera

FUNDRAISING PRINCESS

Bio coming soon….

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