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Choosing a Pet Sitter

Choosing a Pet Sitter

Pet sitters do much more than provide a pet with food and water while their guardian is away from home.

A good pet sitter also spends quality time with the animal, gives him exercise and knows how to tell if he needs veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as taking in mail and newspapers and watering plants.

But just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn’t mean she’s qualified to do the job.

Why hire a pet sitter?

A pet sitter—a professional, qualified individual paid to care for your pet—offers both you and your pet many benefits.

Your pet gets:

  • The environment he knows best.
  • His regular 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.

You get:

  • Happier friends and neighbors, who aren’t burdened with caring for your pet.
  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pet is being cared for by a professional.
  • Someone to bring in your newspaper and mail so potential burglars don’t know you’re away.
  • Someone who will come to your home so you don’t have to drive your pet to a boarding kennel.
  • Other services provided by most pet sitters, such as plant watering and pet grooming.

Where do I find a pet sitter?

Start with a recommendation from The Pet Lovers Guide, a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, humane society or dog trainer. You can also contact the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (856-439-0324) or Pet Sitters International (336-983-9222).

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