Going on vacation and need someone to come watch your pet? Not sure what questions to ask or what to expect? Many people are opting to have a professional pet sitter come to their home so their pet will be more comfortable and at ease while they are gone. So when you have to leave your pet behind you want to know they are going to be well taken care of so you can relax and really enjoy your time away. Here are some interview questions you should ask during an initial phone call with any potential pet sitter as provided by Pet Sitters, International.
Is the pet sitter bonded and insured?
Ask for proof of coverage. PSI members have access to group rates on policies specifically for pet sitters and are provided insurance cards.
Does the sitter have a clean criminal history?
Ask for third-party credentials that verify the sitter has a history of honesty and integrity. Official
Verification documents will contain current annual dates (within one year) and certified seals. PSI offers its members background checks certified through CastleBranch, Inc. and CertifiedBackground. Remember, the person you choose to hire will have access to your property and your beloved animal companion(s). This documentation can provide the peace of mind you seek when admitting a new pet care provider to your home.
Does the pet sitter meet with you and your pet(s) in advance? Is there a charge for this in-home meeting?
Initial interviews allow the pet sitter to meet with you in your home, interact with your pets and discuss services and business policies. These visits are highly recommended for both pet owner and pet sitter. Some pet sitters offer this service at no charge, while others charge a nominal fee for their time and travel expenses.
Does the pet sitter willingly and happily provide references?
PSI recommends that all of its members have a list of references for potential clients to contact.
These are just a few of the questions you should be asking a potential pet sitter, a complete list can be found here: Tips for conducting a Professional Pet Sitter interview
There are many advantages to having a professional pet sitter come to your home instead of boarding them at a kennel. Your pet is happier and experiences less stress at home, their exposure to illness from other kennel boarders is eliminated and you have peace of mind knowing your pet is safe and happy in its own home.
How do you find a professional or at least a very reputable pet sitter? You can go to the Pet Sitter Locater and type in your information and see if any are listed in your area. Another alternative is to check with local pet stores, breeders and groomers and ask if they know of any reliable, professional sitters in your area.
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