Angie's List Report: Hiring a Pet Sitter

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 10/09/2013 10:32 pm
(WDEF) In a recent Angie's List poll, 80% of respondents have pets in their family.
It can be a big decision who is going to care for your pet when you are traveling.  Some pet owners opt for a pet sitter.
     Peter & Erin Rusthoven are pet owners.  They said, "In addition to her obviously caring for the dogs, she's also checking the house, bringing in our mail, watering plants, those types of things." Peter added, "Plus, they love her."  Erin agreed, "They do love her."
     A pet sitter can be a good option since your pet gets to stay in its own environment.
     Becki Bradford is a pet sitter.  She said, "I think cats especially do much better at home in their environment where they are definitely going to be most comfortable. Cats tend to bond very closely to their territories and can be stressed quite a bit when they have to leave home, even for routine visits, so taking them out of their environment can be difficult for cats."
     Most professional sitters charge between $15 and $50 per visit, depending on the distance traveled, length of the visit, and duties required.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "When hiring a pet sitter, first and foremost you want to know how they get along with your pet. Have them over to your home. Watch them interact with your pet and see how they do. Also, because they are going to be in your home and you're trusting your pet with them, you want to make sure they are reputable so be sure you are interviewing the person that is going to be taking care of your pet and also be sure they are insured and bonded."
     Angie's List says before hiring understand the services the provider offers, including frequency of visits.  Clearly communicate your pet's needs.  A professional sitter should have an emergency protocol in case of a problem with your home or pet.

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