Google “pet sitters near me” and you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the number of results that appear. Where do you start? Who do you pick? How can you find the right pet sitter for you and your pets? Here are four resources you can use.
1. Ask your friends and family for a referral
If your friends and family have pets and have traveled away from home at least once, more than likely, they’ve used a pet sitting service. Ask them who they used and to tell you about their experience. If they liked their pet sitter, they’ll probably be happy to recommend them to you.
2. Check with your veterinary office
Many times, veterinary offices will partner with local pet sitters and send potential clients their way. Go ahead and ask them for a referral. You might even get rewarded with a referral coupon or discount. You'll find my business cards at Cat Clinic of Greensboro and Cat Care Hospital. Next time you're there, make sure you take one!
3. Search online neighborhood message boards for recommendations on pet sitters
Nextdoor is a popular app designed to connect you with your neighbors. People can post just about anything on it and frequently neighbors will ask each other for recommendations or referrals for service providers, including pet sitters. This is a great way to get feedback from other neighbors who have used the pet sitting service they're recommending.
4. Search for pet sitters on social media
Any professional pet sitter will have at least one social media account and post to it regularly. Search for tags like “pet sitter [name of your city]” and see what comes up. A good social media account will have the name of the business visible along with its location and what they offer. Their content will also give you a good insight into what kinds of pets they care for regularly.
No matter how you search for professional pet sitters in your area, remember to have a clear idea of the kind of service you need for your pets. For example, if you're looking for a sitter who can administer insulin shots to your diabetic cat and you visit a site that does not list medication administration as a service, they may not be the right fit for you. Also, be sure the pet sitter you contact is insured, has trustworthy reviews, and is willing to meet with you and your pets before agreeing to care for them.