Meet Our Team


Leah Dunn
Owner & Founder

Born and raised in Virginia, I or
iginally came to Southern California for college in 1999.  I instantly fell in love with the novelty of palm trees swaying against my dorm window  this was my kind of place!  While I sometimes miss the charm, pace, and drawl of the South, I’ve found my home here in Los Angeles.

After college I spent years in corporate jobs, trying to apply the Mathematics degree I’d worked so hard to earn.  Eventually, though, the cubicle walls started closing in on me, and I decided to leave the corporate world as a birthday gift to myself in 2009.  

Without another opportunity lined up, I found myself spending much of my time with my Cockapoo rescue, Georgia Lou (my little Southern belle).  The two of us went on hikes, played fetch at the dog park, or just hung out together at home.  I soon realized that I should stop sending out resumes;  I couldn't think of a better way to spend my days than combining my two loves: animals and the outdoors!  I began providing pet care professionally in July 2009 and founded Out On A Leash in April 2010.

I devote most of my free time to volunteering for Lhasa Happy Homes,
a small-dog rescue group on the Westside.  I have the pleasure of fostering dogs for the organization until they find their forever homes.  In 2014  after five years of fostering  I finally became a "foster failure" when I adopted my second dog, an adorably quirky little Shih Tzu mix named Franklin. 

When I'm not doing something animal-related, I enjoy reading, hiking, and watching mindless TV.





Kristin Catalina


Hi everyone!  I'm Kristin.  I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and have been in Los Angeles for 5 years and in the pet-care field for 10 years.  Growing up, I would visit California and fell in love with everything from the healthy living, the weather, and especially how dog- and pet-friendly everyone is!  I have had a dog for as long as I can remember and many different breeds, such as Boxers, English Bulldogs, and a Dachshund.  

When I moved here, I adopted a puppy named Honey who is a pit mix.  She is a big bundle of love, amazing with all other dogs, and very much a couch potato.  She is my best friend and a big reason why I do what I do today!  I know how much fur babies are a part of the family because I have one of my own, so I will make sure they are always getting the best care possible when they are with me.  

In my free time I love yoga, surfing, bike rides to the beach, hiking, meditating, and spending time with my family and friends.  I'm very excited to start a new chapter with Out On A Leash.  Looking forward to meeting you and your dog soon!






Fabio Dias



Hi there!  My name is Fabio Dias and I am an animal lover and pet owner from Brazil.  I moved to the USA with my "hairy family" a few years ago, first to New York City, where I worked as a dog walker, pet sitter, and dog runner, and now I am enjoying the sunny outdoors of Los Angeles.  

As a dog dad I can really relate to the anxieties and expectations of leaving your best friend alone and the difficulties of finding and trusting somebody to take care of them when you're not around.  

What I would like to offer you is the commitment, care, and love that I'd like to receive every time I needed somebody to help me with my family.  I know life gets in the way and sometimes we are not able to be as present as we wished, so for those times you can always count on me to care for your loved ones.

Cheers!







Nicole Hillebrandt


I grew up with all kinds of beloved pets -- a pony when I was a kid in CT (although born in NYC), a Border Collie named Handsome Hillebrandt, the World's Best Dog, and too many cats to mention, but I am very good with all pets.  I've taken in rescues, helped tame a very feral cat (her name was Cleopatra, which was quite fitting, little did I know when I named her that at three months old), and now have a Tux cat who is just a lovebug named Tina (rescued by the Lange Foundation).  I volunteer with horses once a week in Topanga Canyon, walking and grooming them.  Also, I am very in love with DOGS.  If I could have one in my apartment, I would (but don't tell Tina that)!  

Growing up around our furry friends who are our family gives me an appreciation and understanding of the care that is needed.  Our animals are our lives in so many ways and sometimes it feels like they do own us!

I've worked in sales and the corporate world for a long time.  Now it's time to transition my love for furry animals into being your pet's caretaker.






Katie Kellogg


Hi!  I'm a Los Angeles native who's just come home after completing a master's degree in Psychology at Cal Poly SLO.  Over the years, I've worked in mental health, publishing, admin, and restaurant service, but working with dogs has always made me happiest!  Dogs have always been a part of my life.  I grew up with golden retrievers, dalmations, and Yorkies, and as an adult spent six wonderful years with my adopted shih-tzu mix, Wookie.  Now that I don't have a pup of my own, I always leap at the opportunity to pet-sit for friends and relatives!

I currently work nights as a server and like to volunteer as often as possible with rescue group Lhasa Happy Homes.  I live with my cousin, her cat, and two pot-bellied pigs.  It's an animal extravaganza at our house, in the best way possible!  I am so excited to meet new people and new doggos, and I will go the distance to make sure your furry companions receive the care they need. :)

In my spare time I love reading, baking, watching classic films, and traveling!