As mentioned in my previous post, hiring a pet sitter to care for your companions in their own environment is a wonderful alternative to kenneling but I forgot to tell you HOW to find a pet sitter....until now.
The following 10 tips will help you find your perfect pet sitter:
1) Make a list of everything you need in a sitter and a list of the needs of your pet.
For example: Does your pet require medication? Would your pet be happier with a male or a female pet sitter? Do you want a pet sitter who will water your plants, take out the trash, etc, at no extra cost?
2) Ask pet owners in your neighborhood for recommendations.
3) Seek recommendations from your veterinarian and vet techs.
Some vet techs provide pet sitting services for clients at a low cost. Many veterinarians, like those at Northside Animal Hospital, have a community bulletin board where pet services are advertised.
4) Contact PSI (Pet Sitters International) for referrals.
Pet Sitters International offers a certification program for qualified pet sitters.
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5) Speak with employees at your local pet store for recommendations.
6) Your local animal welfare or rescue organization may know of capable, caring, professional people who pet sit.
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7) Make sure your potential pet sitter insists on meeting you and your pet in your home before hiring him/her.
We always meet new clients in their home because we want the pets to become familiar with us and we want to know where everything related to the pet's care is located.
8)Every pet sitter should arrive at your home with paperwork for for you to review and complete.
If he does not have these available be sure to leave detailed notes pertaining to the care of your pets so that he can refer to them whenever necessary. Also provide him with contact information, phone numbers and addresses of your vet, and friends and neighbors who can help out if necessary.
9) Make sure he is licensed and bonded and has excellent references and experience.
10) Make certain your pet sitter is able to handle an emergency and is aware of the phone number and location of the nearest veterinary emergency hospital as well as your vet’s office.
If this information has been helpful, please leave feedback! I hope you find your perfect pet sitter just in time for your next vacation!