Our Story

The Kelly family has always had a love for small business and animals. Back in 2003, Cindy Kelly and her sons, Stephen and Bryan, decided to combine their passions and create a part-time neighborhood pet sitting business called Happier at Home. Cindy’s goal was to provide complete peace of mind for clients while they were away from their pets; something that she knew from personal experience was hard to find.

Over time, Happier at Home’s handwritten logs stored in the laundry room closet turned into an online software suite, a team of trusted pet sitters, and an amazing association of clients and their dogs from all over Spring and Northwest Houston. The family business core of Happier at Home has never changed, though Stephen and Bryan have since stepped up to manage the business, allowing Cindy a quiet life of pet sitting and travel. The Kellys are more dedicated than ever to their promises of trust, communication, and love that have made Happier at Home such a joyful and rewarding part of their lives.

Meet the Team

Stephen Kelly
Co-owner, Pet Sitter
Hi! I’m Stephen. In addition to being one of Happier at Home’s co-owners, I manage the online schedule and work with our excellent pet sitters every day. I also get to meet all kinds of people and pets along the way, which is one of the many reasons why I love what I do. Starting Happier at Home with my family only increased my love and respect for the animals we let into our homes, and remains one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made.
Bryan Kelly
Co-owner, Pet Sitter
Hello there! I’m Bryan, and I’m having a great day, thanks for asking. I co-own Happier at Home as well as manage the marketing and financials, so if there’s a spreadsheet involved, it was probably made  by me. Pet sitting has been a part of my life for over a decade, and it’s been an enriching decade at that. I’ve grown up with pets as a part of the family, and the opportunity to meet so many others, all with their own unique quirks and personalities, has been a true pleasure.
Cindy Kelly
Founder, Pet Sitter
Hi Animal Lovers!  I am Cindy, the founder of Happier at Home. Having been a dog lover since I got my first puppy at age 9, I am now living my dream of working with dogs, cats and their amazing owners every day. I created HaH in 2001 to teach our (then young) sons about business and to share our love of pets. HaH has now taken off into their full time passion and we all love it! My mission is to create a way for clients to have freedom to leave their pets behind knowing everyone is relaxed and happy.
Sue Couts
Pet Sitter
Hi, I’m Sue. Nothing makes me happier than being around fur babies and being a part of the Happier at Home family! I am the mom to these two characters, Huggy and Jodi. I am married to Charlie, involved in dog and cat rescue, studying Canine Massage Therapy, and most recently retired. One of perks of having more time on my hands is helping Animal Rescue Kingdom with out-of-state events, but I also enjoy helping with local rescues from feeding feral cats to opening our home to foster dogs.
Judy Sher
Pet Sitter
Hi there! I’m Judy and moved to the Houston area so I could be closer to family and I heard about Happier at Home from one of their pet sitters. It sounded so refreshing to work with loved animals after 25 years of the corporate world. I love connecting with my doggie clients and their people. What a fun way to spend some of my time! Working with the HaH team is fast becoming my very favorite job ever!
Shelby White
Pet Sitter
Hi, I’m Shelby. I am thrilled to be working for Happier at Home caring for animals and giving their owners peace of mind while they are away. As a lifelong animal lover, it truly is my dream job. My husband and I have three cats and three dogs of our own, which means there is never a dull moment in our home. Before I was with Happier at Home, I got my Bachelors degree in education at Lamar University in Beaumont and taught elementary school for several years.
Known as the Captain America of Happier at Home, this loyal shepherd mix watches over the neighborhood from his giant second-story window with a tireless concern– tireless aside from all the napping, of course. Like a true superhero, Buddy’s origin story is a bit sad but filled with hope: trapped in a shelter, he caught a serious case of pneumonia before an amazing family nursed him back to health. That family was a client of ours, and when they needed a new home for Buddy, we took him in a flash. Now he has two homes, and gets to see his original family often.