Wednesday, July 24, 2024

INTERESTING FOLKS: Blairstown’s Monica Zimmerman Turned Home into a Welcoming Animal House

Monica Zimmerman and her family moved to Blairstown in 2019. Their home is a menagerie of all types of pets. They have three dogs, three cats, three guinea pigs, a snake, a lizard, a turtle and some tropical fish.

She grew up in a pet friendly home where cats always were a ‘purrfect’ companions. “A house without a kitty cat is like a garden without flowers” Zimmerman maintained.

The front foyer is literally “Cat City” – a playground for the three cats, Pongo, Elvis and Pixie. It consists of multi-level climbing platforms and cat walks suspended along an ascending staircase. The cats love their space, they jump from one platform to the next and they can hide in the cat boxes.

It’s not the typical space, one might say, “No one owns a cat they own you” Zimmerman said.

She encourages her two children to embrace all critters small and large. Her daughter’s favorite pet is a baby albino ball python named Roy who adorns her neck like a reptilian garland.

“I think if you want a pet that is easy to keep, a bearded dragon is good to begin with,” she said. The family den showcases two 125-gallon fish tanks one with tropical fish and one with Jeremy, a red eared slider turtle. The family rescued three Guinea pigs, Ginger, Marianne and Lovie.

Check out this web site from PSI is an organization for professional Pet Sitters at They have a calendar to download with every pet holiday for the year.

Zimmerman says to love your animals, don’t eat them and remember some bunny loves you!

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.