When you are away your pets' routine is disrupted, by engaging a pet sitter your pet can stay in familiar surroundings and receive plenty of love and attention while in their own home. Sending your pet to a boarding facility can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet. They will be exposed to unfamiliar surroundings and possibly the illness of other animals. For some pets being transported can be stressful. In addition a pet sitter will watch over your home while you are away. A pet sitter can water plants, bring in the mail, turn on/off light, open/close blinds and notify should there be a problem with your pet or your home.
Bonding, insuring, and licensing are all steps we take for your safety and security. Bonding protects you from theft by a pet sitter. Insurance protects you, your home, and your pet. Licensing guarantees that your pet sitter has agreed to work up to the standards set forth by Pet Sitters International, the National Association of Pet Sitters, or both. Livingthepetlife.com is bonded, insured, and licensed, and can provide you with their documentation.
These are the kinds of friends and neighbors we all love to have. However, these people are busy and may not be able to devote the time and attention that your pet will receive from a professional pet sitter. We are bonded and insured for your peace of mind and we are better able to handle an emergency with your pet. If your travel plans change we will be available to continue to take care of your pet until you return. And when we go out of town, we won't ask you to watch our pets!
We recognize that the needs of each animal and home are unique. To accommodate your needs, we offer a wide variety of services.
Yes. Every client schedules a free introductory visit with a Livingthepetlife.com pet sitter before services begin. During this visit, the pet sitter meets the pets and owners and reviews policies and guidelines.
Except in an emergency, the pet sitter you meet at your introductory visit is the person who will be taking care of your pets. If your pet sitter will be unavailable because he or she is going on vacation, you will be notified in advance so you can meet with the substitute pet sitter. The substitute will also be a licensed Livingthepetlife.com pet sitter. Except in an emergency, as described above, Livingthepetlife.com pet sitters are not permitted to bring family, friends, or even another pet sitter into your home without your prior permission.
Your pet sitter will arrive with a Livingthepetlife.com packet. The packet will contain a service agreement, proof of bonding and insurance, a daily visit sheet and a business card for your purse or wallet. You and your new pet sitter will fill out the service agreement together. Information and items that you should have readily available are as follows:
Your pet sitter keeps your key in a secure location in his or her home. For your security, keys are labeled with your pet's name only (not your name, address, or phone number).
During an average visit the pet sitter provides fresh food and water for your dog, takes the dog for a walk, ore lets the dog out, and plays with the dog. At your introductory meeting with your pet sitter the two of you will discuss the length of each visit and what services are to be provided.
Yes; we're happy to take your dog to a local off-leash area. Even in legal off-leash areas letting your dog run free raises additional liability for Livingthepetlife.com pet sitters. Therefore, we ask that you sign a permission form if you want this service for your dog. Your pet sitter can discuss the details of this service with you at your introductory visit.
Livingthepetlife.com pet sitters are experienced with pets of many temperaments. If your cat is shy, we ask that you acquaint your pet sitter with your cat's favorite hiding places. When your pet sitter arrives for a visit, we will search for your cat. If she can't be found, your pet sitter will still stay at your house for the full visit time that you stipulated in your contract. Your pet sitter will also check that your cat is eating and using the litter box to make sure that your cat is just being shy and is not injured.
Generally, we recommend three visits per day for a dog and one visit per day for a healthy cat. Of course, you know best how often your pet is used to going out or being fed. Your pet sitter work with you to set up a schedule that's comfortable for you and your pet..
Please make sure you have left enough supplies such as pet food, cat litter, medications, and treats for your pet to last the duration of your trip. Also, please leave out your pet's leash and bowl. Be sure to show your pet sitter where to find cleaning products in case a mess needs to be cleaned up. Please be sure to inform you pet sitter of any changes in the health or routing of your pets.
If we suspect that your pet is ill, your pet sitter will follow the emergency instructions you provided on the service agreement. This usually entails taking your pet to the veterinarian unless you request otherwise. We will also try to contact you immediately.
Livingthepetlife.com pet sitter has a partner who can access the primary pet sitter's schedule, keys, service agreements, and client contact information. If your pet sitter has an emergency, we will make every effort to contact you for your approval before sending the partner in to take care of your pets. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can cancel the current service and make other arrangements. Please keep in mind that all Livingthepetlife.com sitters are properly-screened animal lovers and are covered under our insurance and bonding.
You should return to happy, healthy pets. We will leave a note for you that include a report on our time spent with your dog and an invoice for our services. We ask that you call us when you return home so we can be certain you have arrived and we no longer need to visit your pet. Delays often happen therefore, we assume that you have not arrived home until we hear from you. For your pets' safety, your pet sitter will continue to visit your pet until you confirm that you are home.
Yes. For the convenience of you and your pets, we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We're happy to reschedule a visit. We do not charge a cancellation fee.
You can call or email us to set up a free introductory meeting. If you email us please include:
Two weeks notice is standard. To ensure availability it is best to contact Livingthepetlife.com as soon as you anticipate you will need pet sitting services. If a last-minute need arises please do not hesitate to call; we will always try to work with your schedule. Existing clients whose contracts and keys are already in our files can be accommodated on short notice.
Before joining our pet sitting team each Livingthepetlife.com pet sitter has to pass a written test on pet safety and care and attend a class in pet first aid and CPR.
Yes. Livingthepetlife.com is happy to provide references for each of our pet sitters. For a sample, please read our Testimonials page.
Clients generally pay for pet sitting services when they return home. Clients who have paid late in the past may be required to pay before leaving town.
Livingthepetlife.com accepts cash, PayPal payments and checks.