Finding The Right Pet Sitting Service In Westchester

Finding The Right Pet Sitting Service In Westchester

Finding the right Pet Sitting Service or Pet sitter is crucial to a happy pet when you return from vacation.
But, if you are just relocating from out of town, or even if you’ve lost your pet sitter you’ve had for years, its can be stressful.
I’ve been through this several times over the last 20 years owning pure breed cats, so have had experience determining what makes a good pet sitting service and also what questions are really important to ask.
Pet sitting is a really growing field. There are numerous sites online you can go to first find your local pet sitter, but I prefer to first ask friends, second go to all of your local veterinary clinics and ask if they have any vet techs or staff that pet sit in the neighborhood.  Most of these will be just individuals who do it as extra income, and are not bonded and insured, but with enough references, finding out where they live (some may have a local phone #, but have actually moved 20 miles away!), you should be fine. You also know where you can find them!
If going the internet route, there are several sites you can use. Paid sites include Angie’s List, www.sittercity.com and www.care.com .  I did not have any luck with care.com or sittercity.com.  I found that they just had anyone who wanted to sign up list there. There were actually people who have never pet sit, just looking for extra income.
There is a free site that I recommend called www.petsitting.comThis site is paid by their advertising and, not sure, by the pet sitters who sign up for it.  Their website claims that the are not a directory, but have insured and bonded pet sitters who are verifiable references. That is what you are really looking for.
Always having two pet sitters available I found has been key, in case one is on vacation. One of my cat sitters is a front desk person at a local veterinary clinic, and the other I found on www.petsitting.com.  I am using Susan Pfeiffer’s service called FetchPetCare.  She has 9 pet sitters in lower Westchester and is insured and bonded. Fetch Pet Care is a national franchise and align with good pet sitting principals. She personally comes over to meet with your pets (and has a really good petside manner) and introduces you to your pet sitter.  She has excellent follow-up when calling, texting or emailing her.
Wherever you are getting your in-home pet sitter, its important to do the following:
1) Call them, email or text them. If they don’t get back to you in a timely manner, on to the next.  If there is emergency while I’m gone, I don’t want someone who isn’t communicative.
2) Ask how long they’ve been pet sitting, what hours and days they are available, and where they live.  Many have other jobs, so if you don’t want someone who comes at 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 pm.  Also, their telephone # many not reflect where they live. In a snowstorm, you want someone local.
3) Ask for references. These are key. I do them before meeting someone. I’ve had some references where person just cat sit once 3 years ago for one reference!
4) Have them meet your pet.  It is almost more important that your pet likes them than you and that they really like animals. Don’t laugh. I had two woman come over one day, and one admitted she really only liked dogs!
5) Ask how long do they spend with your pet and what do they charge? This can really vary.  In Lower Westchester the average is $17-$22 per visit.
6) Have all of your information about taking care of your home typed out.  Should include feeding, litter (if cat), mail, watering plants, lights on in different parts of house at night, music, to important things like who your vet is and where, alarm directions, where your fuse box is in case lights go out, neighbors who may have a spare key or they have emergency, to of course, where you can be reached!
For those of you who have dogs, cats, or whatever your pet preference, finding the right pet sitter should be taken seriously. You want your pet to be a happy when you return home!
If you are looking for that home in Lower Westchester County, don’t hesitate to call/text me at 914-523-5087 or email me at [email protected]


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