Meet the Team

Have your pets pampered by our team of experts!
judy sampson

Judy Sampson - Manager

Born in PEI and raised in Connecticut and Cape Breton, Judy has spent the longest stretch of her life in Southern Ontario. With a BAA in Photographic Arts from Ryerson, Judy found herself in the corporate communications world.

​​​​​​​ After a 10-year stint coordinating a large children’s charity, Dr. Sarah Machell asked Judy if she would help open a pet spaw, as North Oakville Animal Hospital was moving to a larger space which could accommodate a purpose-built spaw. In 2010, combining Judy’s lifelong love of animals and her relish of a good challenge, The Ark Pet Spaw & Emporium was born.

Judy and her family are owned by Joy the silly Tibetan Spaniel, and Lucy the rescue kitty. In her spare time, Judy can be found doing yard work or enjoying hikes on the Bruce Trail with the Joy and her husband, and whichever adult twin might be about.

samantha browne

Samantha Browne - Groomer

A resident of Burlington, Sam joined The Ark’s team in 2016. She loves animals, especially dogs. Sam has always wanted to work with animals, and also enjoys being creative which led her to grooming. She graduated with a diploma in General Business from Mohawk College, the Animal Care Program at Sheridan College, and Pets Beautiful School of Styling in London, Ontario. She has 2 Pomeranian's named Jersey and Kenny. In her spare time away from work, Sam spends her time with friends and enjoys trying new things. She also plays in The World Axe Throwing League, to keep active.

Deborah Rule - Groomer

An animal lover from day one, Deborah has fond memories of brushing Buffy, her Bichon Frise, for hours and hours when she was a child. A professional groomer for over 10 years (she graduated from the BPro Grooming Academy in Brampton), Deborah enjoys the challenge of getting breed cuts just right and helping the dogs she grooms look - and feel - fabulous!

Deborah was born in Brampton, spent time in Cape Breton during high school and now resides in Georgetown with her husband, 3 boys and quite a menagerie of pets. Her family includes 2 dogs -French Bulldogs named Bullseye and Tulula - as well as Opie the Cockatiel, Jelly the Guinea Pig and an assortment of fish. When she's not taking care of her critters or at work, Deborah is coaching rep baseball and sits on the Halton Hills Minor Baseball Association board of directors.