Spring and summer are just around the corner and with that comes the height of the travel season. Since often your pets can’t accompany you on your travels, it’s important to make those arrangements in advance to get the best arrangement for your pet so your pet will be safe and happy and, at the same time, so your mind will be at ease and you can enjoy your trip!
Many pet lovers (ourselves included) use pet sitters to care for their pets in their absence so their pets can remain in their home. National Professional Pet Sitters Week is coming up March 4-10 this year, a remind to begin looking for a responsible pet sitter if you don’t already have one.
“Choosing the right pet sitter can be equally as challenging as selecting a babysitter for your child,” said John D’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). “The person you choose should be trained and professional. It’s a serious process and your pet sitter will not only be responsible for your pet, but will also have regular access to your home.”
NAPPS has these excellent tips for finding your next pet sitter:
- Develop a set of questions and conduct a thorough interview via telephone and in-person
- Ask for multiple references and contact each of them personally
- Request proof of bonding and liability insurance coverage
- Schedule a time for the pet sitter and your pet to meet. Monitor the session and make sure he/she interacts well with your pet
- Look for a Certified Professional Pet Sitter, which indicates the pet sitter has the highest level of education in the industry
A good resource is the NAPPS free search service, www.petsitters.org, which provides contact information for all NAPPS members and pet sitting companies in your area. You can search and learn all about the services provided, as well as details regarding the sitter’s experience and expertise.