Finding reliable and trustworthy pet sitters is a seriously intense job. While many pets do just fine at pet hotels and kennels, pets who experience severe anxiety when taken out of their environment (or those that just do better at home) require a little more work. Plus, finding someone you trust to enter your home while you're not there can be panic-inducing. Here are some resources that will keep everyone calm:
While asking a friend is a sure-fire method for quality pet care, it's not always a easy request to make of others. Always offer to pet sit in return for these lovely people and be sure to provide presents, drinks and dinner when you get home.
If a friend is not available, try these resources:
For a long time, I thought this site was just for babysitters, but in fact, it also offers a database for pet care too. Bonus points: they do background checks on caregivers and keep their profiles up to date with any relevant background information.
Pet Sitters International
Who knew there was an international organization for lovely pet sitters? This website offers a great searchable database based on your area and you can restrict your search to JUST people who have clean background checks.
While this site is most well known for being a nanny service, it also offers pet care services too. It's an especially good pick for people who have pets with lots of needs like medications or dietary needs, because the care giver profiles often include this kind of selection information.
Inquire with your local Pet Boarder
Oftentimes the people that work at pet boarding centers are animal lovers who often work with customers on the side. Many friends have told me they had good luck by asking their boarder if any of their employees do pet sitting on the side. If you trust the boarder, it's often a great resource.
Have any tried-and-true pet sitter advice? Share in the comments!
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