How to Find a Professional Pet Sitter?
- Ask family, friends, or your vet office for referrals. This is the great way for finding a reliable, trustworthy, professional pet sitter. Folks you know will be happy to share with you their experiences and feedback on pet sitters they have used.
- Google professional pet sitters near you. A list of pet sitters will show up. Review their web pages and Facebook business page to get an idea of what type of pet sitter they are, how long they have been in business, what types of things they post on their Facebook page.
- Type your zip code in pet sitter locator sites, like PSI and NAPPS.
Now you are ready to schedule pet sitting service.
How to schedule pet sitting service.
Contact the pet sitter by phone or email with your initial inquiry. It is best to call the pet sitter as you will have several questions to ask the pet sitter to be sure they are a right fit for your needs. The pet sitter will also ask questions about your pets and their care. This is also a good time to discuss the dates needed for pet sitting.
Complete the contact and pet profile information. Your pet sitter should request complete contact, emergency contact, and pet profiles prior to starting service. Some pet sitters will provide paperwork to complete and others have an online system. This information is very important to the pet sitter. It provides the pet’s feeding instructions, exercise instructions, veterinary information in case of emergency and also your contact information if an emergency should happen.
Arrange to meet the pet sitter. The pet sitter will come to your home to meet you and the pets. At this time she will review with you all the instructions on your pet profile and also interact with the pets. This is a great opportunity to get to know your pet sitter. There may be a small fee for the consultation so ask the pet sitter prior to scheduling.
Confirm the schedule with your pet sitter. Review with your pet sitter the agreed upon dates, times, and cost of the pet sitting service. Your pet sitter should be able to confirm by email or if using an online system can send you a schedule for your review. It is a good idea to let your pet sitter know exactly when you will be leaving and returning so there is no confusion.
Enjoy your vacation. Once you know everything is in place the only thing left to do is to enjoy your time away.