Why You Should Use A Pet Sitter
More than 60% of all the households in the United States have some kind of pet. In fact, there are an estimated 110 million cats and dogs alone,not to mention hamsters, birds, fish, and more. According to the American Humane Society, these pets are happiest when they’re at home, sur- rounded by familiar sights, sounds and smells.
In the past, pet owners had few choices concerning care for their animals when they were away. They could turn to friends, neighbors or professional boarders -all of which are solutions, but not ideal for every pet. This alternative presents the best choice of all -a professional pet care giver who comes into your home to care for the pet while you are away. That is indeed why in-home pet care is one of the fastest growing industries in the country today.
According to experts, a familiar environment, diet and exercise, along with the personal attention of a professional pet care-giver are the perfect answers. Eliminating the trauma of being transported and minimizing exposure to illnesses of other animals are additional advantages.
The in-home pet care solution is a relief to most owners who no
longer have to impose on family, friends or neighbors or have the inconvenience of transporting the pet. There are also extra services offered, such as crime-deterrent measures, watering plants, bringing in
the mail, etc. The incredible growth of the in-home pet care industry over the past few years is evidence of its effectiveness in well satisfied owners with well cared for pets.
The Benefits of Using a Professional Pet Sitter There are numerous benefits of using a professional pet care giver. Each day you are away, the professional will visit your home to feed, care for and play with your pet. The professional will have responsibility for both your pet and your home, so carefully select your pet sitter. When you hire a professional pet sitter, take the time for an interview and have your questions ready. The services offered and fees can vary widely. Find out if the pet sitter is bonded, has commercial liability insurance coverage, and is willing to provide references. Ask for documented proof and check references. See how the professional interacts with your pet and note the information required from your pet sitter.
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Finding a Pet Sitter
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has established a nationwide referral network, which will give you the name, address and phone number of a qualified NAPPS member in your area. Visit our nationwide referral service at www. petsitters.org or call (800) 296-PETS or Headquarters at (717) 691-5565.
Check with local veterinarians, grooming shops and pet stores. Consult the Yellow Pages under Kennels, Sitting Services, Dog and Cat Boarding or Pet Sitting. Ask other pet owners for personal recommendations.