Atlanta pet sitters provide needed attention

Atlanta pet sitters provide needed attention

What happens during a typical visit?

Ostrander: It depends on the client. I can stay at the house and spend the night, or visit during the day to feed the animals and take them for walks or playtime.

Hartsfield: Visits are 20 to 30 minutes, or we can stay as long as needed. We feed and care for the pets, clean around the feeding area, and play with the pets.

Ives: Normally, it's about 30 minutes. We make sure the pets have fresh food, water, clean litter boxes, medication and plenty of attention.

What does a homeowner need to do before hiring you?

Ostrander: I need to meet with them, so everybody's expectations are the same. I want their pet's vaccination, medical and veterinarian contact information.

Hartsfield: We need a number where they can be reached, a neighbor or relative with a key and knowledge of the pet, and their vet's info. Then we get info on the pets.

Ives: We make sure we understand all the instructions for medication, feeding, playtime and their home's security. We ask for vaccination records for our in-home boarding.

How much does it cost?

Ostrander: It's $25 for a regular one-hour dog-walking visit, and $50 for me to stay overnight.

Hartsfield: Our daily rate is $19 per visit, and $2 to $3 extra for additional pets.

Ives: Pet sitting is $18 per visit, with $2 to $3 extra per additional pet, and private home boarding is $30 a day.

How often do you visit?

Ostrander: I usually stay at the client's house, but it really depends on their needs. I visit up to three times a day.

Hartsfield: Normally, a cat needs one visit a day and a dog needs two to three.

Ives: It really depends on the pet, but dogs need at least two visits per day.

How do you help keep a client's home safe?

Ostrander: I'll water their plants, bring in the mail or packages, turn the lights on at night, rearrange the blinds, and take the recycling or garbage out.

Hartsfield: We'll bring in the mail or the paper and make sure the house is OK. Security is a high priority on our list.

Ives: We make sure their newspaper and mail are brought in, we'll turn lights on or off, water plants, and make sure the home is secure.

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