Jennifer Cignoni was born in Illinois in 1972. She began her life with animals as a child with the family Poodle, Cairn terrier and Parakeet. Her journey towards a professional career with animals started at seven years old when she began riding horses. After three years of lessons her parents bought her, her first horse, a paint named “White Knight” AKA Turkey. Jennifer showed Turkey on the Pinto circuit for 10 years all over the Midwest. During these years she acquired 5 R.O.M’s with the PtHA and was Champion in Western and English Pleasure.
In 1990 Jennifer started working in the veterinary industry with the intension of becoming a Veterinarian. She began as a kennel technician and with her hard work ethic quickly graduated to become a veterinary technician a year later. She worked in both California and Arizona as a veterinary technician over a nine year period. During her time in the vet clinics she learned how to give sub-Q, IM and IV injections, medicate orally, draw blood, assist in surgery and monitor anesthetic, bandage, restrain and hold animals, along with how to read blood work and basic education on most diseases and medications. Jennifer also completed her pet nutritional certification with Hill’s Pet Nutrition in the mid 1990’s and has had the benefit of working with an avian specialist for a period of time. As a result she has more bird care skills such as the ability to do wing, nail and beak trims.
After so many years in the pet care industry her experience has well acquainted her with the minimal stresses that can affect your pet’s health. Therefore, she is able to detect normally overlooked problems, avoid potential health risks, provide proper medical care if necessary and react quickly in an emergency.
In 1998, Jennifer and her husband Andy noticed the need for quality in home pet care and pet sitting in phoenix and started The Animal’s Kingdom Pet Sitting Service, and her knowledge and advice is always available to all her pet sitters. Currently, after 30 years in the animal industry Jennifer still owns and operated The Animal’s Kingdom Pet Sitting Service as well as, teaching a dog, cat, and horse Pet CPR/First Aid course. She also trains and gives lessons at her equine facility in Scottsdale. Jennifer is currently a carded judge with the APHA, PtHA and IBHA.
Andrew Cignoni was born in New Hampshire in 1973. He began his career as a criminal justice major at the University of Massachusetts. Andy had worked in the security field for five years before Jennifer and he started The Animal’s Kingdom Pet Sitting Service. His training and practical experience taught him how giving your home a lived-in look is a crucial part of theft deterrence and what steps are necessary to achieve that look. During his many years in the field he has developed the skills necessary to better protect your home and he teaches many of these techniques to the sitters contracted by The Animal’s Kingdom.
Andy has also grown up with dogs and cats, always as a part of his family. He is pet CPR/First Aid Certified with the American Red Cross, and is experienced in giving oral, transdermal and injectible medications. Andy is an assistant with Making Stride Paint Horses, and is responsible for cleaning, feeding, grooming and tacking the horses in training. This experience has well acquainted him with horse handling and care necessities. Andy and Jennifer have worked together since 1998 and most of her skills have rubbed off on him including bird handling and reptile care. Andy’s animal care education and ability tends to supersede that of most Veterinary Technicians and he continues to work on a growing knowledge.
It is easy to see why Andy’s experience is an integral part of the quality care The Animal’s Kingdom provides. His love of animals and dedication to security issues provide an ideal background for someone with whom you can trust leaving the care of your home and pets to.
Recently, Andy has directed and run the Handyman division of The Animal's Kingdom Pet Sitting Service. Now available is all types of Handyman services such as: Tile, Electrical, Plumbing, Pavers, Drywall, Painting and much much more.
The Cignonis are also avid salt water hobbyists and currently own and care for four full saltwater reef tanks. All the water changes, filter media replacement, and cleaning is done by them.
Andrew and Jennifer share their home with 15 pets and a bunch of fish.
“Venus” Oriental Short Hair, “Dot” Japanese Bobtail, “Foxy” Domestic Short Hair, “Skeeter” Scottish Fold, “Floyd” Domestic Short Hair, “Monkey” Domestic Shot Hair, “Rooney” Domestic Short Hair (tri-pod), "Goat" Domestic Shour Hair, “Dora” palamino Paint, “Robin” sorrel overo Paint, “Deuce” chestnut overo Paint, “Lucy” bay Paint, “Sprocket” Three Toed Box Turtle, “Myrtle” Desert Turtle, “Olive” Cherry Head Conure, and all our Saltwater fish and corals. Welcome to our two newest additions, "Keebler" a palimino Paint colt by "Artful Ivestment" and "Xerox" a bay Paint colt by "Gift of Midas".