How To Pick A Pet Sitter

Finding the right pet sitter for your favorite critter requires an initial investment of time and energy. It’s super important to set up calls and in-person meetings and to check references for anyone you are considering hiring. Initial consultations are a must! You need to know that you can trust the individual who will be looking after your pets.

pet sittingSome people need a lot of information before making a decision, while other people simply rely on gut instinct. Whatever your preferences, here is a VERY preliminary checklist of interview questions from Pet Sitters International to help you screen potential pet sitters:

  1. Does the pet sitter (or agency) keep regular office hours? If you left a voice message or sent an email, how soon was it returned?
  2. How much notice do they need to schedule your request for a pet sitter?
  3. Does the pet sitter (or agency) have established fees for pet care they can quote over the phone or on their website?
  4. Are they bonded and insured?
  5. Will they meet with you and your pet(s) in advance? Is there a fee for this in-home meeting?
  6. What kind of training or background does the pet sitter have? How much experience do they have in caring for your type of animal?
  7. Do they have a list of references that they are happy and willing to share?
  8. Do they use a service contract that outlines services performed and related fees?
  9. How much time will the pet sitter spend caring for your pet(s)?
  10. What happens in the event of inclement weather?
  11. What is the pet sitter’s policy if medical care is needed for your pet?
  12. How will they confirm your safe and you are on-time and have returned home?
  13. Will you receive a schedule of your pet’s activities while you were away?
  14. What are the payment terms?