Guest Post By Brandon Butler of FurandFeathersWe all want to care for our pets ourselves, but sometimes we have to entrust our precious pooch or cuddly kitty to someone else. Keep reading for advice on how to find the right pet sitter.
Should I Hire A Pet Sitter?The short answer to this question is "Yes" if you're unable to keep them safe while you're away. While most dogs and cats will do fine during the day, it's in your best interest to see that they are cared for overnight. The Humane Society of the United States advocates hiring a qualified pet sitter to provide your furry companion with attention while you are on the road. Not only will they get a loving lap to lounge around in, but you also will know your pet is being fed, exercised and given plenty of bathroom breaks.
How Can I Find Quality Care?Look to your network. Chances are, your friends, neighbors, local animal shelter, or veterinarian will be able to point you toward a reliable cat sitter or dog boarder. However, you can also research your options online through services such as Rover.com. Many sitters that advertise through the service are also members of the National Association of Pet Sitters and have extensive experience caring for animals of all ages and breeds.
What Are Some Things I Should Consider?It is not simply enough that your potential pet sitter has availability. You - and your pet - must be comfortable with them and their services. You will need to address issues such as:
- Will the sitter provide care in their home or yours?
- Do they have liability insurance to protect your home and pet in case of an accident or negligence?
- What type of training have they completed?
- How many other pets will be in their care during the timeframe you've requested?
- Does your pet sitter have the ability to transport your animal to emergency veterinary care if necessary?
- Do they have a backup plan should they become ill or otherwise unable to care for your pet?
- Do they provide supplemental services, such as training or grooming?
- Do they provide a written pet sitting agreement that specifically outlines fees, services, and exceptions?
- Are there others that will be involved in the care of your pet?