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We let the dogs out (and feed the cats too)!

The Paws Team is committed to keeping your pets safe while giving you peace of mind. 

Emily Cohn - Owner

Emster's Paws came about somewhat pleasantly by accident. I was caring for a neighbor's cat as a favor, in turn that neighbor told a friend about me, and the next thing I knew, Emster's Paws was in business! 


I grew up in El Paso, Texas. We had 2 acres and about every animal you could think of at one point or another. We had dogs, cats, horses, cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, turtles, fish and lizards. I even fondly remember the pet monkey that my parent's friends had. I grew up loving and respecting all types of animals.


Although I have not had any formal training, I have had years of experience around many animals. I also spent most of my free time in FFA ( Future Farmers of America) while in high school. I have learned a few cool tips and training tricks along the way. I am comfortable administering most medications.


Previously, I worked at Larchmont Temple as an administrator for the Religious School, The Assoc. Rabbi and the Cantor. My love for this local community grew tremendously and I knew this is where I wanted to grow my business. 


I love spending all my time taking care of your animals, and will happily tell anyone who asks that I have the best job in the whole world.  The dog park is my "office!"


I live in New Rochelle and I have happily raised both my daughters here. Anita is 20 and attends college in Florida, studying marine biology and animal husbandry. Sarah is 17 and just finishing up her senior year of high school.  Both of my daughters love animals as much as I do and frequently accompanied me on my walks and to the dog park. We currently have 6 "forever" rescue cats at home, April, Oreo, Giners, Mr. Nuts, Jelly Bean and Dali'.  We also have 4 rescued water frogs. 


I have worked very hard to build up my business. My colleagues have all been hand picked and personally trained, and I am proud to say that our Emster's Paws team is absolutely the best of the best!  My main priority is the happiness and safety of your animals. I look forward to working with you and your fur babies soon.



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Rusty Birdwell - Dec 2023

Rusty Birdwell was raised in Knoxville, TN where he spent his childhood surrounded by just about every critter he could catch. He has been living abroad the last fifteen years or so in Europe and South America. His two dogs are from Santiago, Chile, but decided to make the move with him and the rest of the family up here to Larchmont.

Rusty loves hanging with his wife and kiddo, running, reading, and writing. He has an MFA in creative writing, has taught improv theater in three countries, run team-building workshops for businesses and nonprofits, and most importantly, has hung out with a lot of dogs. He spent time in Santiago volunteering at a dog shelter, and learned a fair bit about dog training.

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Greg Brown - Jan 2016

Greg was born in Manhattan and grew up in Larchmont, where many of his earliest childhood memories were always surrounded with his dog Skyler, who has lived with him since he was 5 years old. Greg has always had pets his whole life including fish, guinea pigs, parrots and even a horse. Dogs have always been far and away his favorite.


Greg attended Mamaroneck High School and went on to Roger Williams University for a little over a year and recently decided to take a break from school. In his free time, Greg enjoys playing sports. He is also an avid guitar player for the past 13 years. Greg is very excited to be a part of the Emster's Paws team and looks forward to meeting everyone soon, humans and canines.

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Carolyn Cohen - Jan 2015

We are excited to welcome Carolyn Cohen to our quickly growing Emster's Paw's team.  Growing up, Carolyn's house was always filled with animals.  She had dogs, fish, hermit crabs, guinea pigs and cats. One of her first jobs in High School was at a Veterinarian office. At one point, Carolyn even considered becoming a veterinarian. Carolyn also grew up with a love for sports, which ultimately placed her on the soccer team at Hofstra University while she was in college. Carolyn's active lifestyle then led her to pursue a career in Physical Education.


Carolyn spent six years as an Elementary Physical Education teacher as well as coached High School Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse coach at a Public School on Long Island. She has spent the last ten years at home caring for her three boys, aged 10,7, and 4.Over the last four years, Carolyn has also worked part-time work as a personal trainer, a Summer Camp Director as well as a Nursery school fitness teacher. Her love and dedication to all animals is what brings Carolyn to our Paws team, and she is so excited to get to spend time with your precious pets. 

 Carolyn lives in New Rochelle with her husband and three boys ages 10, 7 & 4.  Her family currently shares their home with their rescue dog Rosie, a black lab/pitty mix, that they adopted from Louisiana.  Carolyn's weekends are usually filled with sports, family bike rides and hikes with Rosie.

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Hayley Freeman - Sep 2015

To say that Hayley Freeman lives in a “pet-centric” household would be 

an understatement! Currently, two dogs, a cat, one corn snake and two 

leopard geckos are the animal kingdom family members at her home in 

New Rochelle... At one time, that menagerie also included two rescued 

red-eared slider turtles, a chinchilla and yet more corn snakes...oh, and 

let’s not forget the fish! 


When Hayley is not helping to care for dogs and cats for Emster’s Paws, 

she can be found busy at her jeweler’s bench creating handmade pieces or combing through New York’s diamond district for gems. 


Hayley is delighted to be part of the Emster’s Paws team and nothing puts a bigger smile on her face than spending quality time with animals of all shapes and sizes.

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John Faiella - Apr 2019


John has been an animal lover as long as he can remember. His family owned a restaurant in a very commercial area and everyday John saved the scraps of food and fed all the “junkyard dogs.”  John lives in Mamaroneck and has three grandsons who love sports and animals just like John did growing up. John has two rescue dogs, Jeter and Abby (who is camera shy). John’s  new hobby is feeding the birds in his neighborhood, and he especially loves the woodpeckers. John is excited to work with Emster’s Paws. 

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Liz Infield - Feb 2016

Ironically, Liz Infield was not allowed to have a dog as a child. This, however, did not dissuade her or her love for animals, so she acquired and cared for as many pets as she was allowed. From frogs to newts, hamsters to rabbits, she loved and tended to them all. She was a natural caretaker and as a preteen gained her first work experience as a "mother's helper" assisting neighborhood moms by running errands and helping with the children. She especially loved assisting families with pets and would volunteer to walk, feed, and of course, play with them whenever she was given the chance. This inevitably led to her current career as a babysitter/nanny to families throughout Westchester County. 



As fate would have it, Liz currently lives in a co-op where unfortunately dogs are not allowed. So her journey continues to own her own dog (she's saving up to buy a house!). Until then, she's more than willing to shower your dog with that affection and is excited for the opportunity to join the team of loving professionals at Emsterspaws. 

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Chad Lloyd - Feb 2024

Chad as a young kid had a phobia of dogs. Anything bigger than a chihuahua that made noise would send him running off in the other direction. Chad felt he was prey.

That all vanished when Chad met his first dog for the very first time - a curled up golden retriever puppy lightly snoring on the bedroom floor, and it’s been nothing but love for dogs ever since.

Chad is undaunted by working with any dog of any size with any behavioral “need”. Under his care, he will treat your dog as if it’s his own - prioritizing your dog’s safety, but also making sure it gets the exercise it deserves. He will happily work with your dog

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Hayley Pawloff - Apr 2019

Hayley Pawloff grew up in Larchmont and has been surrounded by animals her entire life.  A household filled with all sorts of furry friends including dogs, cats, rabbits, and many more. She spent her weekends at the horse stable and went on to volunteer in Costa Rica, at an exotic wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center.

She went to college in Boulder Colorado where she rescued a cat she named Sage, who hiked alongside Hayley through the Rockies and Foothills of Colorado.

Hayley is thrilled to join the Emster's team and can't wait to meet and care for new animal pals around the community! 

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Andrew Ryan - Sept 2019

Andrew Ryan hails from Larchmont, and recently graduated from Syracuse University. He’s been an avid dog lover since his family took home their four-legged friend Maggie when he was seven years old. He has always loved walking and pet-sitting for friends and neighbors since he was a kid! He just returned to Westchester, and is very excited to be a part of the team!

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Will Tkacs - April 2022


I was born in Manhattan but have lived in Yonkers for most of my life. I had three dogs growing up, a boxer, a cane corso, and a jack russell.


While I haven’t had any dogs of my own for a while, I still love to spend time walking and playing with my girlfriend’s dog. I always try to make friends with dogs wherever I go.


I recently graduated from Fordham, and when not walking for Emster’s Paws I spend my time reading and writing for Political Research firms. 

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Sandy Sepkowski - Mar 2016


Sandra Sepkowski grew up in Mamaroneck, NY with 5 cats and a golden retriever. She graduated from college with a degree in English Literature and Sports Studies. While she personal trains now as her career path, she loves spending as much time with animals as possible. 

Casey, the dog Sandy grew up with, passed away in July of 2015. She has not adopted another dog since then, however she has recently adopted a kitten named Maverick. Sandy has joined the Paws team so she can help others with their pets. She hopes to adopt another dog herself soon!

Sandy Sepkowski - Mar 2016


Sandra Sepkowski grew up in Mamaroneck, NY with 5 cats and a golden retriever. She graduated from college with a degree in English Literature and Sports Studies. While she personal trains now as her career path, she loves spending as much time with animals as possible. 

Casey, the dog Sandy grew up with, passed away in July of 2015. She has not adopted another dog since then, however she has recently adopted a kitten named Maverick. Sandy has joined the Paws team so she can help others with their pets. She hopes to adopt another dog herself soon!

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Tracie Ser - Feb 2021


Tracie grew up with dogs, cats, chickens and horses and has always loved animals. She has always had pets, including two Bengal tiger cats.

Tracie worked as a retirement fund manager for 13 years in Southern California. After moving to New Rochelle from San Diego in 2013 she realized she enjoyed being outside much more than being in an office. Emster’s Paws has been the perfect way to be outside and interact with the animals she loves. Tracie currently lives in New Rochelle with her husband, 15 year old son and their Portuguese Water Dog Loki. 

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Lisa Walsh - Feb 2015 


Emster's Paws is excited to welcome our newest team member , Lisa Walsh. Lisa has a BS in Management & Marketing. Lisa worked as a retail manager for 8 years before having children. Lisa has grown up with dogs in her home since she was a child. As soon as her children were old enough, the family adopted a hound dog mix Sookie. When her children went to elementary school "full time” Lisa began volunteering for the Westchester Humane Society and SPCA. Lisa also often fosters dogs from the New York Animal Care & Control. Lisa quickly realized her true happiness was found in the company of dogs.  Her passion and dedication to animals motivated Lisa to become a part of our Paws Team. 

Lisa lives in Mamaroneck with her husband, her two son’s ages 6 & 7 and their hound dog. 

Lisa enjoys being outside and enjoying nature as much as possible. In her spare time Lisa enjoys photography & volunteers for the Rye Neck School district.

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Mark Pueraro - Feb 2022

Mark grew up in New Rochelle and currently resides in Port Chester. Mark has been an animal lover ever since his first childhood dog. Mark attended Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains and graduated from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Distribution Management and a Minor in Business Administration. Mark has worked in the Pet Care Industry for the last 14 years, and prior to that worked for a Wholesale Beverage Distributor for 15 years, the last 8 years as Vice President of Sales.

Mark is an avid sports fan and loves listening to classic rock. Mark looks forward to meeting all your pets and taking excellent care of them.

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Cynthia Weissman - Jul 2013

Cynthia loves being a part of the Emster's Paws team.  Cynthia has worked  at Larchmont Temple for the past 20 years (and still does!)  as Rabbi Sirkman's personal secretary.


She loves spending time with her 2 adorable "granddogs" Treiko, a mini dachshund and Waffles, a lab mix.  


Cynthia lives in Scarsdale and has two grown sons, Sam & Adam, both are proud dog parents. Her son Sam was also a cat parent while deployed in Afghanistan.


Cynthia enjoys exercise and the outdoors, and she is really looking forward to meeting and getting to know your "fur babies!"

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Vincent Michael - Mar 2021

Vincent has been in pet care for over a decade. He’s a lifelong dog lover, as well as an indefatigable freelancer. Previously Vincent worked for a dog walking company in Riverdale. For Vincent, joining the Emster’s Paws team was a match made in heaven. Vincent also offers day and overnight care at his home in New Rochelle.

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Paige Dubicki - May 2016

Paige has always been a dog lover, and she has had dogs her whole life. She grew up in New Rochelle, and now attends West Virginia University, studying criminology and law and legal studies. Paige recently  adopted a cat and she is great addition to her family! Paige loves animals and she is very excited to be a part of the Paws team! 

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Rob Kmetz - May 2016

Rob was born and raised in Mamaroneck, always close to animals. Since he was a young child he loved all animals, and owned many pets, including three cats, many fish, and a dog, DJ, who has been a part of

his life since he was nine years old.

Rob graduated from Mamaroneck High School in June 2015 and went on to Quinnipiac University,where he just completed his freshman year. In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his dog, aswell as with his friends and family.

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Laura Irwin - June 2016

Laura has had a special connection with animals her entire life.  Over the past 6 years she has spent most of her free time volunteering for local rescues and shelters.  During that time, Laura came to realize that too many dogs were rehomed due to common, easily solved behavioral problems.  A light bulb went off and she know that becoming a dog trainer was her calling in life.  Laura went to school and earned a certificate in Dog training.  For the past 3 years, Laura has worked one on one to save as many families pets as possible. Laura enjoys working closely with the families and their pets in order to restore happiness and  peace at their homes by using positive based training techniques. 


Laura currently lives in New Rochelle with her daughter, fiance, a dog and 4 cats. Laura is so exited to become a part of the Emster's Paws team and looks forward to working with your pets soon. 


Laura will be available full time for one on one training walks. She will also work directly with the clients as well. 

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Elizabeth Jacobs - Feb 2022

Elizabeth is from Scarsdale, NY and recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo where she studied journalism and media. She grew up with a dog and cat who were her best friends. Both of her pets passed away, so she seeks opportunities to spend time with others' pets. She easily connects to animals and empathizes with them. Elizabeth is an avid traveler and is passionate about filmmaking and photography. 

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Marisa Honma - February 2017

After ten years working in intellectual property law, Marisa and her husband started a small martial arts school in Manhattan. Being a small business owner granted her the flexible schedule needed for also being a full time parent. Being a martial artist granted her the patience. Now that the family business is celebrating its 10th anniversary and her two children are in elementary school,Marisa has more time to dote upon the family dog, Cookie. She is excited to join the Emster's Paws team so that she can dote upon your dog, too!

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Anne Cox - April 2017

Anne Cox has always had a dog or dogs in her life. Growing up in Canada as a child her first dog, Sammy, was well known in the neighborhood for taking herself for walks. Over the course of her childhood there were several other very cute puppies added to the mix and occasionally a fish and once a rescued turtle.


Anne moved to NYC in 2001 with her husband and cat Beaner for a little adventure and to work. Anne was an elementary teacher in Harlem until she had her first son, who is now 13. The family moved to Brooklyn where they expanded with another son, now 11. Deciding to stay in the states they moved to Mamaroneck in 2007.  Within a year they rescued Layla, a Maltese who is 9 and runs the show. However, she is not to be outdone by her “brother” Boyd, a Shitsu-poodle mix who is always

getting into trouble.

Anne is looking forward to meeting you and your pets!

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Emily Fraser - January 2016

Emily was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Larchmont. Growing up her family always had cats, as well as a variety of small pets such as fish, turtles, and gerbils. Emily got her first dog Marley when she was 13 and he has been her faithful companion ever since.


Emily attended Mamaroneck High School, and recently completely her associates degree in liberal arts and social sciences at Westchester Community College. She now lives in New Rochelle with Marley, and the newest addition Sindey the cat. She and Marley enjoy frequent long walks and runs in the woods together.


Emily is interested in pursuing a career as a veterinary technician and she plans to enroll in online classes. She is very excited to be a part of the Emster’s Paws team and is looking forward to meeting your pets soon! 

Bill Dolan - January 2018

Bill was born & raised in Larchmont where he currently still lives. Bill has been a dog and cat lover since day one. Bill has his own cat Mr. Mickey & enjoys feeding the neighborhood strays daily. Bill attended Mamaroneck High School. Over the years Bill has worked in a mailroom, darkroom, music store & most recently as a driver for the Flower Bar. Bill love animals, enjoys many sports and loves music.


Bill enjoys playing the drums on a daily basis and is currently learning piano/keyboard. Bill looks forward to meeting your fur babies and is excited to be joining the Paws Team! 

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Laura Maccrone - November 2018

Laura currently lives in Larchmont with her husband, son, daughter and her two dogs, Cody & Nova. 


Laura has been lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for the last 17 years.  Now that her two children are in high school she has more flexibility to work part time.  When she received the offer to join the Paws team it seemed like the perfect fit all around.  Laura loves animals and has always had a soft spot for dogs.  


Laura looks forward to meeting your pups soon and taking excellent care of them.  

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