When it’s time to choose among the many pet sitters available in your area, follow these tips to help you find the best one for your pet.
You should start by asking your friends, family and even veterinarian if they know of any reliable pet sitters. You also can check online yellow pages or even just do a Google search, for example, for “cat sitting in Boston, MA.”
Take a look at each sitter’s website to see if the sitter offers the services your pet needs. Does your dog need to be walked more than once a day? Not every sitter offers multiple walks every day; it’s best to find this out at the beginning.
You’ll then want to call two or three sitters to discuss their availability and fees. If you like what you hear, you’ll want to meet the sitter. If possible, ask the sitter to come to your home to meet your pet or at least make arrangements for the sitter and your pet to meet before you leave.
Be sure to get names and contact information of past clients. And then contact these references to see how satisfied they were with the person you found. If they were unhappy with the sitter, be sure to ask why.
If you’re going to need pet sitters around the holidays or summer, you’ll want to be sure you make reservations early. Summer and the holiday season is prime pet-sitting season and you don’t want to find that your favorite sitter is unavailable!
You should purchase extra food and supplies — you never know when your trip home could be delayed.
As you get ready to leave, type up a list of instructions as well as your contact information which you will give to the sitter. Be sure to include your pets’ veterinarian’s number, as well.
Pet sitters understand that you likely will want to hear how your pet is doing while you’re away. Make arrangements before you go as to how the sitter can keep you updated regarding how your pets are doing. You shouldn’t be stressed out about leaving your pet with someone else, so make sure that the company or person you choose is more than capable of the task at hand.
Aaron Garcia has owned numerous pets throughout his life, and has had to find pet sitters for all of them. He understands the stress associated with leaving a pet in someone else’s care and knows how to manage the process.