Hiring a Pet Sitter - Angieslist

Hiring a Pet Sitter - Angieslist

If you’re traveling on vacation this summer and don’t plan to take your pet or pets with you, there is an alternative to boarding that could keep your pet happier and healthier, not to mention your home more secure.

Many professional pet sitters not only walk, feed, water, play with and care for pets, but they also bring in mail, water plants, rotate lights and blinds and help make the home look lived in while the client is away. With a sitter, pets get to stay in the comfort and safety of their own home and it avoids the hassle of having to pack up your animals and drop them off.

Angie's List, the premier provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, including pet sitters, asked highly rated companies for advice on hiring pet care.

Angie's List tips for hiring a pet sitter:

  • Begin interviewing early so you'll be confident with your decision. Pet/house sitters usually get booked up well ahead of the summer and holiday season.
  • Interview the sitter in person. Ask questions such as "how long have you been in business?" And, "why did you decide to be a pet sitter?"
  • Is your pet comfortable around the sitter?
  • Can he/she provide written proof that he/she has commerical liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft).
  • Look for a pet sitter who is trained in pet first aid and CPR and one who does background checks on all employees. 
  • Ask prospective sitters if they are members of professional organizations like Pet Sitters International or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Before you leave home:

  • Leave a clear, written list of contacts including how to reach you, your veterinarian and possibly a neighbor who has a spare key.
  • Let plenty of pet food and prescriptions with clear instructions.

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