The People to Turn to When you can’t be there – Professional Pet Sitters

When we have to go away on a trip and cannot take our pets with us, often we will turn to putting them in a kennel, for lack of a better option. Being aware that putting pets in kennels can be stressful on them, we know that keeping them at home would be better. But who to call? Did you know that there is a National Professional Pet Sitters Organization? This infographic highlights benefits of using a professional pet sitter. (Cick on the picture to see the full sized pdf).National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

For your Animal Friends:

Benefits to your animals include:

              • Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
              • Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
              • Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
              • Having play time
              • Receiving love and personal attention
              • Maintaining medical treatment, when required
              • Having someone responsible in case of an emergency
              • Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
              • Helping to ensure good health (no exposure to other animals’ illness or parasites)

For the Pet Parent:

Benefits to you include:

  • Knowing that your pets are in caring, loving hands
  • Having the confidence that the pet sitter can deal with other issues – such as grooming, vet visits
  • Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave your pet
  • Not having to impose on family, friends or neighbors
  • Feeling your home is more secure (with someone going in and out several times a day)

Not all pet sitters are created equal, nor are they all professional.  In hiring a pet sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal.

Why should you choose professional pet sitters? 

Because not every pet sitter is equally professional and competent. NAPPS Pet Sitters:

  • Have made an investment in their clients and their business.
  • Volunteer for NAPPS show that they are taking a leadership role in the pet sitting industry.
  • Can network with pet sitters across the country to get ideas, ask questions, and stay informed.
  • Have free education and resources at their fingertips which they can use to take the very best care of your pets.
  • Promote their members’ professional integrity through its Pledge of Professional Conduct.
  • Advance members’ professional and business development through an Annual Conference, educational tools and a certification program.

Hiring a pet sitter is a serious process.  Make sure the person you choose is trained and professional.  He/she will not only be responsible for your pet, but also will have regular access to your home.
View NAPPS infographics on hiring a Professional Pet Sitter.

Step 1: Use the NAPPS Pet Sitter Locator to find NAPPS pet sitters in your area.

Step 2: Call the pet sitters, or if possible, visit their websites to review their rates, services, and service areas, and make sure they can provide the type of service you need.

Step 3: Develop a set of questions and conduct a thorough interview. 

Step 4: Ask for references. Develop a set of questions to ask when checking references.

Step 5: Insure that the potential sitter has bonding and liability insurance coverage.

Step 6: Have the pet sitter meet you in your home and make sure he/she interacts well with your pet. Pet sitters will collect information from you regarding your pet’s care, and should have a contract outlining the scope of service as well as policies and procedures.

It’s important to know that services and fees can vary widely from pet sitter to pet sitter. Professional pet sitters are happy to answer your questions – they want you to feel at ease with their services.

While you cannot expect a professional pet sitter to take the place of your local veterinarian, they can be more attentive to signs when something is not right and get your pet to the vet immediately. Make sure your pet sitter is acquainted with who you use as a veterinarian and what local emergency veterinary services are available when your veterinarian’s office is closed.

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Attribution – PetSitters.org