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How to find the Perfect Pet Sitter

Most pets are a cherished member of the family but there are times when you need to go away without them so how do you find someone reliable to ensure their needs are taken care of whilst you are away.

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:-

Friends or relations

The first option is probably the most obvious - if you are lucky there maybe a relative, neighbour or friend whom you trust and who would be prepared to take care of your pet whilst you are away.

Finding such a person can prove far less expensive especially if you can reciprocate by looking after their pet at a later date.

In addition to that, if your pet already knows the carer it makes the experience far less stressful for all concerned.

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Personal Recommendations

As with most other things, personal recommendations are one of the best ways to find a suitable and trusted pet sitter.  Friends, local vets, pet shops and/or charities may know of a reliable sitter.  It is still important to check out both the facility and sitter before making any decision.

If you are unable to obtain personal references then you can check out the more normal resources e.g. internet, classified directories etc. in order to find pet sitting companies.  In the UK pet sitting companies have to be licensed so you could contact your local council to see if they have a list of licensed companies.

When you have found someone you think may be suitable you should contact them asking for names of some references you can check out before making your final decision.  It is your responsibility to ensure all is well before entrusting your much loved pet into their care.


You can arrange for sitters to come to your home or they can care for it in their own;  this would, of course, depend on the type of pet involved.  If they are taking the pet to their house it is a good idea to check to ensure that the environment will be suitable.

If using a pet sitting business ensure all licences, forms, insurance and checks are in place before signing a contract and, of course, read all the small print very carefully.  Check references and experience.

All terms should be made very clear prior to agreement. Check on the hours of operation, what services the fees include, like feeding, walking, playing, grooming and training and this applies to both home or boarding services.
pet sitting Discuss what should be done in the event of an emergency.

If your pet is on any medication check that the sitter in question has experience of administering medication to animals and make sure your contract encompasses your pet's needs in this regard.

When selecting anyone to care for a pet, it is a good idea to take your pet to meet them and to have a trial run before leaving town. It is also wise to have a backup plan just in case something comes up that prevents the pet sitter from caring for your pet.

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