Melissa Harris


My professional work with pets began in 2006, when I enrolled at Georgian College to become a Veterinary Technician. I graduated with Honours distinction in 2008, also winning a special award in Nutrition Studies. Following graduation, I passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination, becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. I then went on to work at several clinics in London, including the local veterinary emergency hospital.


After retiring from full time work in the veterinary industry a few years ago, I missed being able to provide care for people's pets on a daily basis. I love my own furry family dearly and understand how important it is to know that their needs are met when we can't be at home with them. It is my great pleasure to offer other pet parents peace of mind with Barks and Recreation! I’ve maintained my professional interest and education in animal health, and I’m excited to continue caring for animals by providing experienced, reliable services for your pets in the comfort of their own home. If your pet requires special attention, or if you just want a pro you know you can trust, please contact me. It is my privilege to care for your furry family members!



I am a professional pet sitter & dog walker, with over a decade of experience in animal health & pet care.



  • Graduate of Georgian College Veterinary Technician program 2008, with Honours
  • Special award for Nutrition Studies
  • Passed VTNE for RVT certification in Jan. 2009


Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and other Pocket Pets, Fish, Birds,  Reptiles, and Horses


Quick Links For Pet Care In London, ON

As a part of my mission to help care for your pets, I like to provide clients with useful information to help navigate any problems that might come up. Here are some links to sites with important information for your pet's health and safety. London has many resources for pet owners and animal lovers - see below!


Pet Poison Helpline

Contact any time for emergency information if your pet has ingested a toxin.


London Animal Care Centre

Pet licensing, by-laws, adoption, and much more.


London Humane Society

Pet adoptions, fostering, education, and animal cruelty reporting/investigations.


Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

Information resources for pet owners, listings for local veterinarians.



Local wildlife rescue and education centre. Call directly for emergencies.

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Barks and Recreation

Providing professional, reliable care for your pets in the comfort of their own home means decreased anxiety for everyone, and a lot more time and energy for FUN! Please contact me to let me know all about your fur kids, and how I can be of service. All services include an initial introduction and consultation, free of charge.



2518 Main St, Lambeth

London, ON N6P 1P9




If you require service outside these hours, please contact me directly - I can help with that!

Monday - Friday: 9:00 to 6:00

Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00

Sunday: 10:00 to 5:00