Who do you call?
Who do you call when you want go out for evening, or when you want to go on holiday and can’t take your pets with you?
The Pet Sitter.
Trusting your pet with a stranger is not something you should take lightly.
Before turning to a stranger you might:
- Ask your friends and neighbours who they use for sitting their pets. They may have a trustworthy sitter who’s name they can pass on to you (of course they may not want to if you vacation together!)
- You might ask your vet or other animal professional that you deal with if they of know anyone.
If you cannot source a pet sitter from among your immediate contacts then there are some simple precautions that you need to take, these include:
- Look for an agency or person who advertises through traditional sources, this way you are not likely to get a “fly by nighter” who is not concerned about their reputation.
- Interview your potential sitters before hiring them. Have them come to your place or take your pets to met them so you can see how they interact. It is important that they are a good match and first reactions can often indicate any problems that might occur in your absence.
- Do not be afraid to ask for references and DO follow up on the references they give you.
- There are a number of questions that you can ask about their background and experience:
- How long have you been pet sitting?
- Do you have animals of your own?
- What kind of animals have you had experience with?
- How many animals are you currently sitting?
- Do you have other pets you are currently sitting?
- What services/schedule do you provide for the animals you are sitting?
- Are you able to administer any special diet, medication, or other requirement of my pet?
After the meeting (and any time your pet has been in care) assess your pets reactions. Look for signs of fear, anger, or other out-of-the-ordinary behavior that might suggest improper treatment. Consider your own feelings; did the sitter leave you feeling comfortable and thinking this is a person you could work with?
One final suggestion is that you do not base your decisions on pet sitters solely on price. Do not try and beat your sitter down on price. A pet sitter is worth paying a professional wage, and should deliver a professional service. You should expect no less for your pets.
If you have a love of animals and some spare time – you might like to offer your services as a pet sitter.
This highly respected job offers great opportunities to make some extra income doing what you enjoy.
You would also be helping other pet owners take a well earned break.