Tips For Choosing a Pet Sitter
Let’s be honest: For pet lovers, having a pet can mean having a child, and with someone that needs love and responsibility, we have every right to make sure that they continue to get that same kind of attention when we’re away from them. So how exactly do you find the purr-fect pet sitter? Here are some useful tips:
Ever here of the NAPPS? Sounds like something official to me. Technically, it is. NAPPS stands for the National Association of Pet Sitters. Just when I thought I couldn’t become more impressed with the numerous opportunities created for our for our furry family members, I was yet again stunned to find this pretty cool website. They’re a non-profit organization for pet sitters with many opportunities to help them expand. It’s rather simple.
On the website you’ll see a Pet Sitter link. Type in your location, and you are set. There are multiple services such as doggie grooming , pet taxi services, pets with specials needs, and of course, pet sitting. And the great thing? It’s not just for cats or dogs. If you have a horse, or an amphibian, along with any other animal, you’re more than welcome to search. Once your results are visible, you’ll see several different Pet Sitting companies and bam-all you have to do is make a decision. Still want to make sure your animal will be safe? There’s a Pet Parent section where you can review feedback on certain businesses.
Need more reassurance ? Ask around. Simple as it is, it surely doesn’t hurt. I have three people off hand that I would absolutely trust with Sadie. Of those three, one has a child and has had much experience with pets, and the other two have pets of their own, so there’s no doubt in my mind that their responsibility would be questioned at all.
Definitely have a preliminary visit with your sitter. If you’re interviewing people , now is the time to introduce your four (or two ) legged family member to their potential, temporary care-giver. You want to see how they’re going to interact with one another. Sometimes you’ll be able to get a vibe once you see some type of interaction between the two. That way if you’re not comfortable or if you’re unsure, you’ll be able to make better decision right then and there without second guessing yourself.
For those that choose a professional company-when interviewing someone, the Humane Society recommends that you have your ducks in a row. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Some important ones may include: “Are you associated with a vet?”, “Do you have a backup just in case there is car trouble?”, “Will you provide notes on my pet during the time of care?” Remember, no question you have is too minute-this is for someone that is part of your family.
With all of that, you should prepare yourself to relax, enjoy your time away, and try not to worry too much.
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