Advantages of Having a Professional Pet Sitter
- Your pet remains in the comfort of home without the stress and risk of illness from contact with other pets.
- You don’t have to impose on a friend, neighbor or relative.
- You can rely on a capable and caring pet care professional who will put your pet’s needs first.
- Care is provided for many types of pets: dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits and many more.
- Pets can maintain their regular diet and daily routine.
- Pets receive personalized loving attention and care.
- The anxiety of being transported and the inconvenience of dropping off and picking up is eliminated.
- You can travel with peace of mind knowing your pets and home are in reliable caring hands.
- Medications and shots may be able to be administered.
- You can request services such as plant watering, bringing in the mail, or rolling the trash cart out and back on trash day.
- Daily activities such as gathering mail and changing lights can make your home more secure and prevent crimes.
- The incredible growth of in-home pet care industry is evidence of its effectiveness.
- Many clients of a professional pet sitter or dog walker are repeat customers often entrusting their pet’s care to the sitter over the years, even relying on their help when they are planning a move.
Thinking of hiring a family member, neighbor or a child to care for your pets?
Here are some reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional:
- A pet sitter’s sole priority is taking care of your pet and giving you the best possible service, whereas a friend, family member or neighbor will have other commitments such as work, school, family events etc.
- A friend or neighbor may forget to take care of your pet because it is not in their normal routine to do so.
- They may unexpectedly get called into work.
- Professional pet sitters are insured in case something happens.
- Pet sitters generally have more experience with a more wide variety of pet-related situations and will be prepared to handle anything that may happen.
- Many pet sitters are pet first aid certified so they know how to handle pet medical emergencies that your friends or neighbors might not know how to handle.
What is bonding?
Dishonesty bonds are appropriate for businesses that have employees. If an employee is convicted of stealing from a client (they must be convicted) the bonding company pays for the stolen property. Bonding is insurance which covers the business if an employee steals. Many sole proprietor businesses are also bonded for the clients peace of mind.
Hiring a professional pet sitter is worth the peace of mind it will provide you and your family. Ruff Ruff Ruff meow is bonded and insured.
You’ve heard so many times when looking for a pet sitter to make sure they are bonded and insured. What exactly does that mean to you? Why not just have the neighborhood kid, the stay at home mom, or your friends teenager come and take care of your pets and save yourself some money?
Why hire a pet sitter that is bonded and insured? Well, for one if a pet sitter is bonded and insured it means they are running a legitimate business. By operating a legitimate business they are not treating this as a hobby or a way to make some easy cash. More than likely it means the next time you need a pet sitter they will be there to help you.
What exactly does pet sitting insurance cover?
Pet sitting insurance is a general liability policy which covers pet sitter negligence. Most describe coverage as “care, custody and control”. These are a few examples of things that might be covered:
- Pet sitter forgets to visit your diabetic cat and cat requires a trip to the emergency veterinarian. The veterinarian visit and subsequent bills would be covered.
- Pet sitter drops the leash during a dog walk and the dog runs off and gets hit by a car. The bills would be covered.
- Pet sitter accidentally knocks over and breaks an expensive vase. The cost of the vase would be covered.
- Pet sitter uses your bathroom and the toilet overflows and continues to run until you return home. Floors are ruined. Repair costs would be covered.
- Pet sitter left dog out of its crate between visits instead of crating per your instructions and the dog ate your couch. The cost of repair or replacing the couch would be covered.