Owner and Top Dog

Jennifer Porter graduated from Western CT State University with a BS in Marketing in 1991. Upon graduating college, she began a successful career in corporate America. After a few years however, Jenn found herself unfulfilled and decided to follow her true calling – working with animals.

She started by dipping her toes into the world of animal welfare and began volunteering at the CT Humane Society in 2002. While there, Jenn worked closely with Mike Murphy in the animal care division where she helped him care for the many cats available for adoption, while also taking some time to provide some much-needed exercise and enrichment to the dogs at the shelter.

Jenn also spent a year volunteering for Protectors of Animals before ultimately making the decision to plunge full-time into the animal field. In 2005, Jenn said goodbye to the corporate world and accepted a position as a daycare worker at Paw Play. By 2006, she was part owner of the company and assumed full ownership of Paw Play in 2007.

As a small business owner, Jenn continued to give back to the animal welfare community by opening Paw Play’s door to CT rescue organizations including Pawtectors and American Lab Rescue. She volunteered the use of the Paw Play facility for various fundraisers and successful adoption events.

Over the years, Jenn has fallen in love with dogs of all shapes and sizes who routinely stop in for playtime or grooming appointments. She has also forged lasting and meaningful relationships with the families that love them so much.

Most recently, Jenn expanded the business even further by adding our Expanded Services Division. This new range of services will allow us to reach beyond our doors to meet the additional needs of our clients while providing the same level of professionalism and quality pet care our clients have come to appreciate.

In her spare time, Jenn is an avid reader, enjoys traveling to new places, but especially trips to the beach. Most of all, Jenn loves spoiling her dog Gretta, a 13 year old terrier mix whom she shares with Mike Murphy.