About Darlene and Sharon

San Jose

Darlene Toalson is the owner of A Pet’s Paradise in San Jose, Ca. She is a long time resident of Santa Clara County and has serviced hundreds of customers and their pets since founding A Pet’s Paradise in 2002.

Darlene is a graduate of A Pet’s World Academy, the premier professional pet sitting and pet care school in the country. At the academy, she also obtained her certification in pet first aid , and has since been re-certified.

Darlene gained her business management experience as a professional accountant after graduating from San Jose State in 1984. This has allowed Darlene to run one of the most highly personalized and responsible pet sitting and pet care businesses in the Bay Area. Coupled with her love for pets, Darlene will ensure that your pet sitting and pet care experience is outstanding.


Sharon Latta is the owner of A Pet’s Paradise in Lincoln, CA. Sharon gained experience caring for pets while living on a ranch in San Martin, Ca. She helped raise and care for horses, goats, chickens,rabbits, dogs, cats, and a goat named Valentine! She is a life-long pet owner, and is currently raising a rescued Great Dane plus two rescued cats.

Sharon worked as a veterinary technician at San Martin Veterinary Hospital gaining invaluable hands-on experience providing health care for animals. She has volunteered at Placer SPCA and A Chance for Bliss in Penryn, CA.

Sharon began professionally pet sitting and pet care after graduating from A Pet’s World Academy, where she received intensive training operating a pet sitting and pet care business and was pet first-aid certification.

Sharon enjoys caring for both large and small animals.