Shelly and the Boys
Shelly

Shelly has loved cats as far back as she can remember.  Her parents tell tales of a “nasty” (Shelly prefers misunderstood) cat, Midnight, who came with the home where she grew up.  It never occurred to Shelly that the cat wouldn’t love her and as it turned out she was the only person who could get near Midnight. So it began.

Many years, kitties and even a few dogs later Shelly had built a successful career in the IT industry but felt like something was missing. After two of her cats were diagnosed with chronic renal failure she discovered how valuable a good petsitter is.  Her petsitter provided not only peace of mind but also ensured her cats were happy, safe and healthy.

In 2001, Shelly began helping her petsitter on a part-time basis. In 2003, when offered a voluntarily layoff, she jumped at the chance to leave the corporate world behind. She decided to devote herself to the two things that make her happiest: helping people and being with kitties. In October 2003 she walked away from it all to build her own petsitting business, focusing solely on cats and ‘Tales of the Kitty’ was born. And yes, Armistead Maupin approved the name.

When she’s not hanging with the kitties she likes to travel, take photos, ride her bike, and is trying to learn to spin poi.

Nicole
Nicole

Nicole Berlureau moved to San Francisco in August 2002 and almost immediately needed to find someone to help her with her little furry man, Cappy - enter Shelly.  After three years of a successful petsitter/client relationship, Nicole mentioned that she would be interested in petsitting and in June 2005 she began on a part-time basis.  As the saying goes “Change is a good thing” and as change would have it, Nicole was laid off from her corporate job in the Financial District.  Fortunately for Shelly, and all the kitties, Nicole came on board as 2nd-in-Command in December 2008.

Nicole
Nicole

Scott is another transplant from the wonderful state of Ohio (just like Shelly).  When he moved to San Francisco and started his job as an Assistant Property Manager he met Shelly through a mutual friend and discovered she not only lived in his building, but on his same floor.  Small world!  Her kitties loved him from the get go and, as was the case with Nicole, he uttered those famous words:  “If you ever needed help with pet sitting, let me know.”  That was December 2010, now we're not sure how we survived without him.  Scott has always loved animals and considers your kitty his part-time pet.  Nicole and Shelly are both convinced he’s a human version of catnip. 

Nicole
Nicole

“Look into his eyes, Mommy!” Those were the words that persuaded five-year-old Laura’s mother to let her keep the scrawny, dirty kitten she’d found in a garbage can near their house in Iowa. Laura’s mom had grown up on a farm, where the feral cats that roamed the property were tolerated only because they killed rodents. The idea of a “house cat” was new to her. Laura named the kitten “Prince” to give him the confidence to overcome his humble beginnings, and he soon became a beloved member of the family. Over the years, other abandoned kitties followed: Cherry, Max and Bozo. When Prince died of old age in her mother’s arms, it was the only time Laura ever saw her cry.

Flash forward to San Francisco, 2009. Laura was doing her landlord a favor—showing an available apartment to prospective tenants. One of those people was Nicole. Laura was fostering a litter of motherless kittens at the time and she and Nicole soon discovered their mutual appreciation of cats. Nicole didn’t take the apartment but they exchanged contact info and during that year’s Tales of the Kitty holiday crush, Nicole asked Laura if she’d like to help out. Why, yes she would, and has been ever since.

 

Chief Feline Officers

Finny
Finny

Finny has been with Tales of the Kitty since 2005.  His primary responsibility as CFO is paperweightpaperweight. Additionally he acts as the official groomerofficial groomer, not only to cats but to humans as wellofficial groomer. When he’s not sleeping he likes to chatter at birds outside the windows and to rush the door in order to explore the outer hallway.

Tyler
Tyler

Tyler is the Chief Toy TesterChief Toy Tester for Tales of the Kitty. He joined the organization in July of 2005 when Shelly rescued him from Animal Care and Control. She knew she wanted a “spirited” kitty and when she met Tyler she knew she’d found the right one. The other kittens were meowing and batting gently at her fingers. Tyler meowed, dug his claws into her finger and bit her; it was love at first bite. It was love at first sight for Finny, he was grooming Tyler within minutes of meeting him and they have been inseparableFinny and Tyler ever since.

Cappy
Tyler

Cappy is responsible for keeping Nicole's bed warm at all times. He creates blanket origami by contorting himself in various positions under the comforter.