|Pet Sitting Services
GlobalAppointments.com An Internet service for the International Pet Sitters, forging links between prospective employers/employees across the globe.
GlobalAppointments.com has a high capacity database and friends across the world, thus ensuring that advertisements will be seen by all the right people. With high levels of exposure users are provided with the best possible chance of achieving their goal.
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Working as a pet sitter
Organisations in the USA concerned with the well being of pets
The National Association of Registered Pet sitters
Choosing a pet sitter
Pet sitter links
When leaving your pet in some one else's hands you want to be sure that they are kind, caring and will look after your pet just as you would. GlobalAppointments.com. a new Internet service for the International pet sitting community provides a forum for finding such a person
To be a pet sitter you must be reliable, trustworthy and experienced at caring for pets. The well being of someone else's pet is in your hands and such a responsibility should not be taken lightly.
The four main services are:
There are various other associated services, such as delivery/collection, grooming, training etc. You can choose to "sit" on occasional weekends, or make it a full time occupation with many regular clients.
- Pet sitting in your home (if suitable).
- Pet sitting in the owner's home.
- Dog walking.
Most countries/states have their own body for setting standards in private pet care. Such a body would normally provide advice on all forms of pet care from boarding kennels to dog walking. GlobalAppointments.com feels that it is essential for a pet sitter to be a member of such a body, and adhere to its rules. Not only does it protect the pet, but also the pet owner, and the pet sitter. For example the UK has 'The National Association of Registered Pet sitters'.
This association sets the standards for private pet care in the UK with more than 3500 members and can provide everything you need to start your own business at minimal cost, including forms of authority, terms and conditions, advice notes and information, printed cards, Registration Certificate, and 12 months listing in the National Register of Pet sitters.
Also included in the cost is £1 million Insurance and, if required, an optional informal "course" in the comfort of your own home given by one of their representatives covering practical information on pet sitting, including: Quoting Charges, Payments, Bookings, Terms and Conditions, Public Liability, Third Party and Animal Insurance, Responsibilities, Accidents, The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, Advice and Tips for members, additional services, etc.
Many professional pet sitters join, particularly for their insurance which is among the best available, for a listing on the Register, and for the prestige and credibility gained from membership of a National Association.
The Professional Pet Sitter ; Your Guide to Starting and Operating a Successful Service Lori Mangold, Scott Mangold;
Amazon Price: £21.18 Paperback (February 1999)
American Partnership for Pets
ARK Online - ARK Online is an independent publication staffed by a small group of people who care about animals and want to use the Web to broadcast information about animal welfare to a wide array of readers
ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
C.A.R.E. - Cat and Canine Assistance, Referral and Education - C.A.R.E. is a non profit animal welfare organisation with a strict no-kill policy. Helping homeless cats and dogs and the people who CARE about them.
Delta Society - For service and therapy animals
People and Dogs Society - Their purpose is to promote responsible dog ownership and help in solving dog-related problems
When choosing a pet sitter, the most important qualities to look for are reliability, trustworthiness and experience. Knowing your pets are well cared for gives you the peace of mind to enjoy your time away from them. With our high capacity database and friends across the world, all the right people will see your advertisements. With high levels of exposure the likelihood of a successful placement is improved.
When choosing a pet sitter it is very important to decide what your requirements are. Listed below are some of the tasks a pet sitter will perform:
The cost of employing a pet sitter varies widely depending on location, length of stay and job description. It is very important to discuss costs during the interview process.
- Pet feeding.
- Pet walking/exercise.
- Taking your pet to the vet.
- Organising grooming and other general care.
- Maintain high levels of security for your home and pet.
- Pet training.
- Hutch/cage/litter cleaning.
- Shopping for general requirements e.g. food.
- Some will also water plants and keep an eye on your home whilst you are away.
Checking references is your responsibility. GlobalAppointments.com suggests you check a minimum of three references prior to accepting anyone.
We sincerely hope that you will rapidly find the position/pet sitter you are looking for, and welcome comments and suggestions on how we might improve our service to you.
The following are a few of the Companies in the Global market place which supply pet products. We have included them here to give you some idea of what is available, and not necessarily as a recommendation;
Animal resources- directory of Animal related websites: