Here are a few tips as to where to find and what to look for in a professional pet sitter
Where to find a professional pet sitter:
- Contact the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (800-296-PETS)
- Solicit recommendations from friends, your veterinarian, vet technicians or dog trainer, or your local humane society
- Check your local Yellow Pages
What to know when choosing a pet sitter:
- What training has the sitter received?
- Does the sitter carry liability insurance
- Will the sitter provide a written contract detailing his responsibilities?
- Does the sitter have a veterinarian he/she can turn to if necessary?
- Is there a back-up sitter in case of illness, ect.?
- Can the sitter provide personal references?
- Will the sitter visit with you beforehand to talk about your pet’s specific needs and behavior?
- Can the sitter easily be reached if your plans change during travel?
Finally, one good test is to ask yourself if you feel comfortable speaking with a potential sitter from the very first call or visit – because a pet sitter is more than just a paid professional. They’re people you need to truly trust.