How to Tell if Your Pet Sitter is the “Leader of the Pack”
Within the current in-home pet care landscape, there are many options out for in home services. So what are pet owners to do when determining which company might be the best fit for their furbaby? Here is a run-down of what you can expect to find:
- Fly-by-Nights & Hobbyists: Individuals who are in-between jobs or providing pet care as a side gig. They may not hold insurance and bonding or be available all the times one needs pet care.
- Local-based Pet Care Companies: These are established companies who abide by industry-wide, professional standards. In addition to being licensed, insured, and bonded, they provide references, accountability and peace of mind by offering real-time visit confirmation through feedback reports containing sitter notes and pictures.
- Nation-wide Chains: Funded by investment money, these pet care providers often have a customer call center half-way across the country and contractors who are not fully screened, trained or supported in the field. These “contractors” may not have valid references or experience as advertised!
Do not sacrifice quality pet care for the perceived convenience of a big box chain or affordability of an under-the-table sitter. The best choice for your pet is a professional and locally-owned company that combines modern business practices with the personal touch of a trusted friend.