Tips for Finding the Perfect Local Pet Care ProviderFamilyPet
Tips for Finding the Perfect Local Pet Care Provider
For overnight trips or long days at work, a caring and professional pet sitter is invaluable. Pet sitting is the most commonly sought service for pets, and there are several reasons why choosing a great pet sitter is important. A good sitter will not only provide food and water to your four-legged friend while you’re away, but will also spend quality time with her, ensuring that she gets plenty of exercise and is not in need of veterinary attention.
In today’s internet-centric society, it’s easy to find people who claim to be great pet sitters or boarders. But just because someone calls himself a pet boarder or sitter doesn’t mean he’s qualified to care for your beloved pet. Below are some tips for finding a qualified and able sitter who will provide the best care to your pet in your absence.
- Ask Around– Make sure that the care provider you choose has good referrals and testimonials. The best information you can receive about a pet sitter or boarder will come from friends, neighbors, veterinarians, etc., who know you and your pet. They can give you an honest review of the pros and cons of working with a certain individual and can make recommendations if you are looking for a place to start.
- Use Available Resources– Several organizations exist to bring together a listing of verified and reliable pet sitters and boarders. You can contact the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (856-439-0324) or Pet Sitters International (336-983-9222). To ensure that your pet receives the best care possible, you’ll want to find a provider that is established and insured.
- Ask A Lot of Questions– Once you’ve found a prospective sitter, conduct a meet and greet with them. At that time, learn all that you can about how they work and their policies for pet care. You’ll want to know what training she has received, how she deals with emergency situations, if she uses a contract and how she collects fees, and what will happen if she is sick or cannot make it to the job. It’s also a good idea to ask for the contact information of references with which she has worked in the past.
- Understand All Costs of Service– The cheapest pet care provider is not usually the best provider. While it’s great to get a good deal, pet care providers who seem a bit too inexpensive may not be licensed, insured or established as they are representing. It’s a good idea to compare the pricing of a few different professionals to get an clear understanding of local average price points.
- Conduct a Test Run– If you find a sitter or boarder who seems right for the job, you should invite him over to meet your pet while you’re there. Pay close attention to how he interacts with your four-legged friend and whether or not your pet is relaxed when he’s around. If it goes well, it may be smart to start by hiring the sitter for a short period of time first (we recommend a week) to see how they continue to get along.
- Keep Your End of the Deal– A good pet sitter is a great resource to have. Once you’ve found one, be sure that you keep them by holding up your end of the deal. Pay on time, schedule early and be available while you’re away. If you are a good client, you are sure to establish a lasting relationship that will bring many benefits for you and your pet!
For help finding the perfect local pet care provider for your favorite furry pal, fill out the form at Petsitting.com and the form within FamilyPet.com to find insured, bonded, vetted pet care companies today!
- “Choosing a Pet Sitter.” The Humane Society of the United States. Accessed January 19, 2014. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/choosing_pet_sitter.html
- “Six Tips to Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter.” MSN Money. Accessed January 19, 2014. http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=618ef37e-a473-4110-9956-3fc7e5f6e836