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Finding the Right Dog Cat Pet Sitter

Pet sitters do much more than provide your pet with food and water while you’re away from home. A good pet sitter also spends quality time with your pet, gives him exercise, and knows how to tell if your pet needs veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as bringing in mail and newspapers, watering plants, turning lights on and off, and providing homes with a lived-in look to deter crime. However, just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn’t mean he/she’s qualified to do the job. This information on this page shows you how to find the best pet sitter for you and your pet.

When you must be away from home — say for travel or an unexpected emergency — and don’t want to leave your pet in a boarding kennel, who takes care of your pet? If you’re like many pet owners, you ask a friend or neighbor to stop in and pour some kibble and water in your pet’s bowls. But is this what’s best for your pet? There’s a good chance that your friends and neighbors lack proper pet-care experience and may have even forgotten to show up. They may also resent frequent requests to look after your pet while you’re gone without telling you so. So what is the solution? Consider hiring a pet sitter’ — a professional, qualified individual paid to care for your pet.

Why hire a pet sitter?

A pet sitter offers both you and your pet many benefits beyond the basics.

Your pet gets:
  • The environment he/she knows best.
  • Their same diet and routine.
  • Relief from traveling to and staying in an unfamiliar place with other animals such as a boarding kennel.
  • Attention while you’re away that goes beyond a fundamental walk. You get:
  • Happier friends and neighbors who aren’t burdened with caring for your pet.
  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re pet is being cared for by a professional who is there because they want to be there.
  • Someone to bring in your newspaper and mail and puts the trash out on trash day maintain a lived in presence.
  • Someone who will come to your home so you don’t have to drive your pet to a boarding kennel thus not having to be bound by the kennel’s operating hours while traveling.
  • Photos and email updates letting you know how your pet is doing while you are away.

Where do I find a pet sitter?

Start with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, humane society, or dog trainer. Check the Yellow Pages under ‘Pet Sitting Services.’ You can also contact the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (800-296-PETS; or Pet Sitters International (800-268-SITS; for a referral. Both organizations offer pet-sitter accreditation to those who demonstrate professional experience, complete pet-care-related home study courses, attend professional conferences, and abide by a code of ethics set by the organizations.

What should I look for?

It’s important to learn all you can about prospective pet sitters’ qualifications and services. Before selecting a pet sitter, interview the candidates over the phone or at your home. Find out the following:

Can the pet sitter provide written proof that she has commercial liability insurance to cover accidents and negligence and is bonded to protect against theft by a pet sitter or her employees?

What training has the pet sitter received?

Will the pet sitter record notes about your pet, such as his likes, dislikes, fears, habits, medical conditions, medications, and routines?

Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services?

What will happen if the pet sitter experiences car trouble or becomes ill? Does she have a backup?

Will the pet sitter provide related services such as in-home grooming, dog walking, dog training, and play time?

Will the pet sitter provide a written service contract spelling out services and fees?

If the pet sitter provides live-in services, what are the specific times she agrees to be with your pet? Is this detailed in the contract?

How does your pet sitter make sure that you have returned home?

Will the pet sitter provide you with the phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?

Even if you like what you hear from the pet sitter and from their references, it’s important to have the prospective pet sitter come to your home to meet your pet before actually hiring them. Watch how she interacts with your pet — does your pet seem comfortable with the person? If this visit goes well, start by hiring the pet sitter for a short trip such as a weekend excursion. That way, you can work out any problems before leaving your beloved pet in the pet sitter’s care for longer periods.

How can I help the pet sitter and my pet?

Of course, even the most trustworthy, experienced pet sitter will have trouble if you haven’t also kept your end of the bargain. Here are your responsibilities:

Make reservations with your pet sitter early, especially during holidays.

Ensure your pet is well socialized and allows strangers to handle him.

Affix current identification tags to your pet’s collar.

Maintain current vaccinations for your pet.

Leave clear instructions detailing specific pet-care responsibilities and emergency contact information, including how to reach you and your veterinarian.

Leave pet food and supplies in one place.

Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.

Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor as a backup and give them and your pet sitter each other’s phone numbers. Be sure those extra keys work before giving them out.

Show the pet sitter your home’s important safety features such as the circuit breaker and security system.

Remember to bring your pet sitter’s phone number in case your plans change — or you just want to find out how your pet is doing.

Finally, have a safe and fun trip.

Pet Sitting Checklist

Aspen Pet Valet, LLC is pleased to be given the responsibility for caring for your pet. To ensure the best for your pet’s health and welfare while you are gone, we ask you to follow this checklist of items that will assist us in providing top-notch car to your pet. As always, you can contact us with any questions.

    • Provide documentation confirming that your pet is up-to-date on its shots. Make sure your pet wears current vaccination tags on its collar.
    • If your pet chews on things, set out “chew toys” and do whatever is necessary to protect your personal items and home furnishings from his teeth while you are away.
    • Write out your pet’s favorite hiding places. This will help us find your pet if he or she does not appear when we arrive.
    • If your pet has any unusual habits like destructive behavior when left alone, change in bowel or eating habits, etc., please tell us about these in advance.
    • If you own both dogs and cats, please note that Aspen Pet Valet, LLC is honor-bound to care for the cats as well.
    • Set out everything your pet needs in one visible and accessible area. This includes food, treats, utensils, food and water bowls, medications, leash, can opener, toys, paper towels, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, litter and scoop, broom and dustpan and/or vacuum cleaner, pet towels, newspapers or other housebreaking materials, and watering can for plants.
    • Provide extra food, litter, and supplies just in case you are gone later than expected.
    • Make sure Aspen Pet Valet, LLC knows how to operate your heat and air conditioner, and which settings should be used for the comfort of your pet. Check your settings before you leave.
    • Close off any areas of your home that are off limits to the pet or Aspen Pet Valet, LLC and let us know about it in advance. If there are any particular problems we should be aware of, such as a leaky faucet or a cat that likes to get into the garbage, tell us before you leave.
    • If you are leaving anything specifically for Aspen Pet Valet, LLC such as a batch of cookies or a tip, please leave us a note. Aspen Pet Valet, LLC will not take anything from a home unless we are specifically invited to!
    • If other people may access the house make sure we know what they are responsible for and who they are in writing. Aspen Pet Valet, LLC may not automatically know the difference between an authorized house visit and a break-in.
    • Please notify your veterinarian that Aspen Pet Valet, LLC will be caring for your pet and authorize the vet to extend medical care during your absence if it becomes necessary.

Call us now at (970) 710-9078 to schedule your profesonal Pet Assignment.

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