In 1983, Patti Moran was laid off from her job and, in a move that would later become a watershed moment for pet care professionals, decided to start her own pet-sitting business right out of her home. 21 years later, Pet Sitters International is one of the largest institutions in pet sitting education and certification.
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In honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week (PPSW), we are taking a closer look at this necessary profession, and more specifically, the way in which the internet now makes it possible to find a reputable person to look after our precious pets. These are six of the best websites for finding a pet sitter or dog walker.
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With a simple interface complete with fields designed to help you pinpoint your specific needs, Rover provides highly tailored and easy to use care for your dog. And thanks to their creative badge and rating system, Rover makes it easy to tell what other pet parents thought of a pet sitter’s service.
The official website of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), this pet sitter directory — while less sleek and robust as competitors such as Rover or DogVacay — does host tons of quality content, as well as make it simple for aspiring pet sitters to get their accreditation as a licensed professional pet sitter.
Boasting the title of “the nation’s largest and most trusted provider of professional pet sitting and dog walking services,” Fetch! Pet Care has been pairing pet parents with highly vetted pet sitters since 2002. With services available all across America, Fetch! makes it easy to ensure that your pet is in safe hands.
The sleek layout of DogVacay makes it simple to find a loving home to board your pet while you are away. Hosting hundreds of pet sitters in your area, many with dozens of rave reviews, DogVacay is ready to pair you with the ideal pet sitter. This service also offers the option to look in on your pet’s stay, with video chatting and live updates on how your pooch is doing.
Care.com is an all-purpose care services platform, offering detailed profiles on potential babysitters, elderly care specialists, and also pet care professionals. With numerous fields allowing for profile customization, you can be sure Care.com will pair you with someone nearby, within your price range, and up to your standards.
Petsit.com is the pet sitter finding program used by Pet Sitters International, which means that every person on their website is bonded, insured, and vetted by their staff, ensuring that you end up with a true professional that cares about your pet. It may not have the same sleek appearance as DogVacay or Rover, but when it comes to pairing you up with a true pet care professional, Petsit.com is truly top tier.
Do you have any experience using any of these pet sitting websites? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below!