Are You Interviewing Pet Sitters? If Not, You Should Start Now

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It’s that time of year again! Spring has officially sprung and many of us are thinking about our next vacation. If you have pets, however, planning your next family adventure involves more than picking a kid-friendly location and researching area attractions that everyone in your party will enjoy. It also involves making plans for your pets.

Depending on your individual situation, you might feel comfortable with your adult children or neighbors caring for your pets. Or, you might prefer to board your pets in a kennel you’ve recently vetted thoroughly. If you’re like most people though, you’ll only have peace of mind if you arrange to have a professional pet sitter tend to your pets. Using a pet sitter allows your pets to stay in their own environment while you’re away and it gives you someone to hold accountable for the care your pets receive during your absence without jeopardizing any of your personal relationships.

If you live in Manitowoc, WI, finding a pet sitter is simple – just call Manitowoc Pet Sitters! We are bonded, and insured and we provide proof of this, right on our website. We will care for your home and pets as if they were our own. We’ll provide updates after every one of our visits with your pets so you’ll know they’re having a great time even though you’re not home. If an emergency arises, we’ll contact you immediately and quickly take corrective action of your behalf. We’ll visit your pets as often as you want us to and we’re even prepared to spend the night with them if you’re worried they’ll be lonely. We love to snuggle as much as your pets do, after all!

No matter where you live, there are some important questions you should ask when you’re interviewing pet sitters. The first inquiry you should make involves the nature of a pet sitter’s work. If the person isn’t a full-time pet sitter or only provides pet sitting services as a side job, it’s generally advisable for you to look for another service. When it comes to hiring someone to care for what might be your biggest investment, your home, and your furry family members, you want to find someone who is 100 percent committed to rendering the level of service your property and pets deserve.

Naturally, you should also ask for a list of references you’re allowed to contact. Ideally, the list will include the contact information for people who’ve used that particular pet sitter repeatedly over a period of time. If a pet sitter is reluctant to provide references and suggests you check the testimonials on his or her website instead, consider interviewing another service.

You should ask for written proof that a pet sitter is bonded and insured as well. Review the paperwork you receive to make sure the person’s bond and insurance policy are current. If a pet sitter has a bond and insurance it does two things. First, it provides protection for your financial interests if an accident occurs that is the fault of the pet sitter. Second, it demonstrates that the person takes his or her profession seriously because the individual has made a literal monetary investment in his or her career.

Additional questions you should ask include the following:
• How long have you been a pet sitter?
• How long will each of your visits last?
• How many times will you visit my pets each day?
• If you’re unable to care for my pets, who will? Is that person bonded and insured? Does that individual have experience?
• How often will you send me updates about my pets and home?
• If I need to contact you, approximately how long will it take you to respond?
• What is you policy in the event I need to cancel my plans?
• Will you recite the routine you’ll follow every time you enter my home to care for my pets, please?
• What happens if my pet becomes sick or gets injured while I’m away from home?
• What will you do if something goes wrong with my home such as a window breaking or a water pipe leaking?

An experienced, trustworthy pet sitter should be able to answer each of the questions listed above and many more. As it is in many instances, the only dumb question you can come up with is the one that you never ask. With that in mind, ask prospective pet sitters about anything relevant to your home and pets and the care they’ll provide as you interview them. If you think of another question after your initial meet and greet with a pet sitter, simply contact the person and ask.

At Manitowoc Pet Sitters, we’re available to answer your questions and address your concerns whether or not we’re currently caring for your pets. We firmly believe that active communication and transparency are what separates professional pet sitters apart from those who don’t take pet sitting as seriously as we do.
If you’re going out of town for business or pleasure, contact Manitowoc Pet Sitters today!