The pet care and pet sitting industry is full of people that see animal care only as a way to make a profit, employing lots of part-time contractors who are just looking to make some extra income.
Choosing the right pet sitter isn't easy. Regardless of how you find your pet sitter, knowing which questions to ask can be challenging. It's important to interview your potential pet sitters over the phone and in-person and ask for and check references, especially if it's your first time hiring a sitter. Here are a few questions we recommend asking:
Do you offer a home consultation to meet me and my pets?
Do you have references? *If they can't provide any references, this is a red flag!*
Are you insured and bonded through a reputable carrier? What does your pet-sitting insurance cover?
Do you have a phone number where I can always reach you?
What is your pet care services philosophy?
How would you handle a pet emergency?
How do you stay organized?
What's the easiest way to schedule services with you?
How long have you been pet-sitting?
How do you accept payment?
In addition to these questions, pay close attention to how your pets react and respond to your pet sitter during your first in-person meeting. Listening to your own gut instincts is important too. Unless your pets are generally nervous or tend to be shy around new and unfamiliar people, your pets should respond with eagerness and excitement when meeting your potential pet sitter. After all, they will be spending a lot of time with this person and should feel comfortable enough to be stroked or pet. If your potential pet sitter is chasing after your shy pets, this is also not a good sign. Make sure you set aside ample time to interview and vet potential pet sitters before an upcoming absence.
Your pets deserve only the best!