- their pet no longer physically and/or emotionally tolerates being boarded outside its home, or
- they were using a friend or family member, and that person is now becoming less available, or was not taking the job seriously.
With a professional pet sitter, your pet(s) can stay home and little will change in their routine while being cared for 365 days per year including holidays. Another thing to think about if using a friend or neighbor is: are they prepared for all the situations that may occur? What if:
- your friend or family member accidentally breaks or damages some of your property while in your home, or loses your keys?
- your dog gets loose and bites someone or is bit by a neighbor’s dog?
- your pet is accidentally injured, lost or even killed while in someone elses care?
This is all covered by pet sitters insurance, and you can read more about the insurance we carry.
Then you’ll schedule your visits online (usually 3 visits per day for dogs, which we space out appropriately, or once a day for cats). I’ll send you an invoice, which needs to be paid before you leave – online or by leaving payment for the sitter to pick up. We will update you daily on how your pets are doing with emailed journals and photos.
You will return to happy pets in a looked after home, and we will keep your keys on file for the next time you need us! For more information, read the Steps to Becoming a Paw Sitter Client page.
At that time I did have a few pet sitting clients, but did not run a full-fledged pet sitting business until starting Go Fetch Pet Sitting in 2011. In 2012, the company was renamed and organized as The Paw Sitter LLC. At that time I became insured, Pet CPR certified, and took continuing education courses in pet sitting.
I’ve worked as a freelance writer specializing in pet health topics. I wrote for Pets Best Insurance and had my own pets column for Cuyahoga Falls and Stow Patch that I called The Local Leash.
In 2013 I began fostering dogs and cats for Paws & Prayers Rescue of Cuyahoga Falls.
My pets are my family and I do all I can to make sure they are happy and healthy. This means my pantry is stocked full with pet vitamins, herbs and treats, they are fed high-quality food, and I always order blood work and research alternative methods when they are sick.
The Paw Sitter LLC is the perfect sized pet sitting business. The owner does most visits herself, but also keeps 2 or 3 carefully selected, insured, bonded and criminally background checked backup sitters on hand to help regularly. This assures that your pets will usually be cared by the same couple pet sitters, but there is reliable backup if needed in case of emergencies. If you use an individual, you run the risk of being cancelled on if something comes up in their life, or they might send someone with little experience. If you use a larger company, you may not know who your pet sitter might be from their long roster of part-timers.
No other adults, children or pets will enter your home or have access to it.