It goes without saying that the members of River City Dog Excursions are enthusiastic animal lovers and proud pet parents. We have over 20 years combined experience in the pet care industry and strive to keep an open dialogue with local veterinarians, trainers, rescue organizations, and shops to stay up to date on the latest trends and news. River City Dog Excursions is adamant about your pet's safety and well-being so we are licensed, bonded and insured as well as Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.

April Poland   I have been a Richmonder for seven years now. The past seven years I have worked at a large boarding facility here in Richmond. I started off as a receptionist but quickly moved to management then became senior manager. I have loved caring for every pet that came through my doors. I wanted to make it as much of a positive experience as possible for the pet and its family. I decided to start River City Dog Excursions because I wanted more one-on-one interaction with each pet I cared for as well as being out in mother nature with man and women's best friend.  You'll see me around in the various local parks with my two pups, Allen and Roxie. Our favorite park is Wetlands at Pony Pasture, my Jack Russell loves to swim!

April Poland

I have been a Richmonder for seven years now. The past seven years I have worked at a large boarding facility here in Richmond. I started off as a receptionist but quickly moved to management then became senior manager. I have loved caring for every pet that came through my doors. I wanted to make it as much of a positive experience as possible for the pet and its family. I decided to start River City Dog Excursions because I wanted more one-on-one interaction with each pet I cared for as well as being out in mother nature with man and women's best friend.

You'll see me around in the various local parks with my two pups, Allen and Roxie. Our favorite park is Wetlands at Pony Pasture, my Jack Russell loves to swim!

Alyssa Sicard   I am originally from South Florida and I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in art. I have lived in Richmond for over three years now. I have been working in the pet care industry for over five years. I have an adorable rescue cat named Kiwi and in my spare time I love to draw and paint.

Alyssa Sicard

I am originally from South Florida and I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in art. I have lived in Richmond for over three years now. I have been working in the pet care industry for over five years. I have an adorable rescue cat named Kiwi and in my spare time I love to draw and paint.

Lauren   Hi there! I’m Lauren. A Richmond native, I now reside in Midlothian. I’m a lover of all things 4-legged, and grew up working in vet clinics. I am an active volunteer and Crew Leader at the Richmond Animal League, and have served on their Board of Directors. When I’m not having fun with your dog, you can find me working on my latest creative nonfiction book or article, or crafting some yummy vegan food for the hubby and me. I have a passion for refurbishing furniture and taking my two rescues, Gus and Georgie Jane, to the mountains or the river for hikes.

Lauren

Hi there! I’m Lauren. A Richmond native, I now reside in Midlothian. I’m a lover of all things 4-legged, and grew up working in vet clinics. I am an active volunteer and Crew Leader at the Richmond Animal League, and have served on their Board of Directors. When I’m not having fun with your dog, you can find me working on my latest creative nonfiction book or article, or crafting some yummy vegan food for the hubby and me. I have a passion for refurbishing furniture and taking my two rescues, Gus and Georgie Jane, to the mountains or the river for hikes.

 
Meghin   I graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in Exercise Science. When I’m not coaching soccer I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes, trying out every Richmond dog park, and exploring the city with my pups by my side. I love learning the individual personality of each animal I work with, ensuring we both enjoy our time together!

Meghin

I graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in Exercise Science. When I’m not coaching soccer I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes, trying out every Richmond dog park, and exploring the city with my pups by my side. I love learning the individual personality of each animal I work with, ensuring we both enjoy our time together!

Sara   Hi! I’m Sara. I moved down to Richmond in 2016 after graduating from UVA, where I spent time volunteering at the local animal shelter. Now I work part-time at VMFA running their Fellowship program. I’m far too obsessed with my cat, Apollo, who showed up at my back door as a stray in 2017 and never left. In my free time, I’m snuggling with my kitty (& hoping to soon add a dog to my fur family), constantly baking, and working on my Etsy store.

Sara

Hi! I’m Sara. I moved down to Richmond in 2016 after graduating from UVA, where I spent time volunteering at the local animal shelter. Now I work part-time at VMFA running their Fellowship program. I’m far too obsessed with my cat, Apollo, who showed up at my back door as a stray in 2017 and never left. In my free time, I’m snuggling with my kitty (& hoping to soon add a dog to my fur family), constantly baking, and working on my Etsy store.

Aimee   I was born n' raised in the Pacific Northwest where I went to college for art and studied printmaking. I have two dogs, Beatrice and Maddie, and a kitty named Poe. Some of my favorite things to do are taking Beatrice and Maddie hiking in the mountains, taking care of my houseplants, and listening to podcasts.

Aimee

I was born n' raised in the Pacific Northwest where I went to college for art and studied printmaking. I have two dogs, Beatrice and Maddie, and a kitty named Poe. Some of my favorite things to do are taking Beatrice and Maddie hiking in the mountains, taking care of my houseplants, and listening to podcasts.

 
Andrew   I am originally from Northern VA, I love sports, and I have been working in the pet care industry for 5 years.

Andrew

I am originally from Northern VA, I love sports, and I have been working in the pet care industry for 5 years.

Brianna   Hi, I’m Brianna! I am a MD native who recently moved from Northern Virginia to Richmond. I love dogs of all shapes and sizes and learning about each ones unique personality. When not loving on dogs, I enjoy skiing, music, and spending time at the beach!

Brianna

Hi, I’m Brianna! I am a MD native who recently moved from Northern Virginia to Richmond. I love dogs of all shapes and sizes and learning about each ones unique personality. When not loving on dogs, I enjoy skiing, music, and spending time at the beach!

Dan   My name is Dan! And these are my pets Sputnik and Cola! I grew up in Chesterfield and went to Manchester High School. In my free time I play in a Rock n Roll band with my sister. My favorite part of the job is taking the dogs on hikes because that's where the real bonding happens!

Dan

My name is Dan! And these are my pets Sputnik and Cola! I grew up in Chesterfield and went to Manchester High School. In my free time I play in a Rock n Roll band with my sister. My favorite part of the job is taking the dogs on hikes because that's where the real bonding happens!

 
Sydney   Hi there! My name is Sydney. I am a fun, energetic, and diligent woman, currently attending the University of Virginia. Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a true animal lover at heart and will always go the extra mile to make sure your pet is safe and happy. As well as raising two rescue dogs (Lizzy and Roxy) at home from abused backgrounds, I have “dog-sat” and taken more neighborhood dogs on runs/walks than I can remember. Additionally, I have volunteered my entire life for local animal shelters, such as the Humane Society, BARK, and the SPCA. I have experience with deaf, blind, disabled, and aggressive puppies and dogs. I am willing and able to serve you as best I can, because I truly believe that dogs are not simply our pets but our family.

Sydney

Hi there! My name is Sydney. I am a fun, energetic, and diligent woman, currently attending the University of Virginia. Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a true animal lover at heart and will always go the extra mile to make sure your pet is safe and happy. As well as raising two rescue dogs (Lizzy and Roxy) at home from abused backgrounds, I have “dog-sat” and taken more neighborhood dogs on runs/walks than I can remember. Additionally, I have volunteered my entire life for local animal shelters, such as the Humane Society, BARK, and the SPCA. I have experience with deaf, blind, disabled, and aggressive puppies and dogs. I am willing and able to serve you as best I can, because I truly believe that dogs are not simply our pets but our family.

Judy   I moved to Richmond in 2013 from Charlottesville to be closer to family. Lifelong pet owner. Now have two huge feline brothers. One of my hobbies in addition to gardening, reading & music is scrapbooking. Have one album devoted to my pets. May do one for my River City Dogs! Volunteered at SPCA’s in Charlottesville & Richmond as well as rescue work with feral cats. Worked 5+ years at a vet emergency clinic in Charlottesville as well. Love my work with River City Dogs!

Judy

I moved to Richmond in 2013 from Charlottesville to be closer to family. Lifelong pet owner. Now have two huge feline brothers. One of my hobbies in addition to gardening, reading & music is scrapbooking. Have one album devoted to my pets. May do one for my River City Dogs! Volunteered at SPCA’s in Charlottesville & Richmond as well as rescue work with feral cats. Worked 5+ years at a vet emergency clinic in Charlottesville as well. Love my work with River City Dogs!

Katelyn   Katelyn has been living in Richmond for the past ten years, and involved in pet care for three years. Always an animal lover, she has cared for snakes, chickens, bearded dragons and even tarantulas! She is mom to two feisty felines, Neville and Oklo. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys music, spending time outdoors, and creating art.

Katelyn

Katelyn has been living in Richmond for the past ten years, and involved in pet care for three years. Always an animal lover, she has cared for snakes, chickens, bearded dragons and even tarantulas! She is mom to two feisty felines, Neville and Oklo. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys music, spending time outdoors, and creating art.

Lucy   My name is Lucy Hartman and I love to love dogs! Growing up, my twin sister and I begged to have a dog, but we settled for fish and hermit crabs. My, how times have changed! I am the proud mother of two hounds: a two-year-old beagle named Roberta and a six-month-old American Foxhound named Luther. My husband and I are enamored of our life with these beautiful puppy children. I look forward to seeing each and every one of the adorable and sweet dogs that are part of the River City Dog Excursion family. My role as the “floater” dog-walker has allowed me to meet dogs and cats all over the greater Richmond area. I can’t wait to meet more furry friends!

Lucy

My name is Lucy Hartman and I love to love dogs! Growing up, my twin sister and I begged to have a dog, but we settled for fish and hermit crabs. My, how times have changed! I am the proud mother of two hounds: a two-year-old beagle named Roberta and a six-month-old American Foxhound named Luther. My husband and I are enamored of our life with these beautiful puppy children. I look forward to seeing each and every one of the adorable and sweet dogs that are part of the River City Dog Excursion family. My role as the “floater” dog-walker has allowed me to meet dogs and cats all over the greater Richmond area. I can’t wait to meet more furry friends!

Marion   I was born and raised in Germany and have been living in the USA for 23 years. In my free time I enjoy cooking German food, sewing, and gardening. I have been working with dogs for almost two years and my dog Perle has been with me for twelve years.

Marion

I was born and raised in Germany and have been living in the USA for 23 years. In my free time I enjoy cooking German food, sewing, and gardening. I have been working with dogs for almost two years and my dog Perle has been with me for twelve years.

Omar   I am a VCU student and I like Pokemon Go, cheering on the Florida Gators, and playing bass guitar. Hometown is Coral Springs, FL.

Omar

I am a VCU student and I like Pokemon Go, cheering on the Florida Gators, and playing bass guitar. Hometown is Coral Springs, FL.