Sometimes it can be difficult to find pet sitters for dogs and cats. If you don’t want to drop your pets off at animal daycare centers, you invariably need to find a sitter if you work long hours or prefer to have your pets stay in a familiar environment while you’re out of town. A new website called Rover.com has rolled out the welcome mat for canine owners in Maryland looking for reliable pet sitting services for dogs. Users of the new site simply type in their ZIP code or address and they can find sitters in their area with a profile of their own.
Finding a pet sitter that you’re comfortable with that comes to your home can be stressful. A., if you don’t know them personally, it can be worrisome having them in your home, and B., you don’t know how well they’re going to treat your pet. Rover.com allows you to sidestep a lot of the worry and give yourself a little peace of mind through pet sitter profiles. These profiles give you the chance to read up on the sitters the site lists in your area, basically affording you a peek at them in advance.
Pet Sitting Services
Rover.com also gives you the opportunity to be selective in choosing your pet sitter. For instance, if having a pet sitter with a verifiable background check is important to you, the sitter profiles provide that information. This is a great way to determine your pet sitter’s qualifications, such as whether or not they have prior experience with domestic animals or if they have prior training in pet safety measures. You might even want to know if they have pets of their own, how many and what kind.
Becoming a Pet Sitter
Some of the folks that have tried the service also spend their time as a pet sitter on the site, giving them insight into the questions you might want to ask. For instance, if you’re looking for a sitter, you might want to ask potential sitters their thoughts on treats, allowing pets on furniture such as couches or beds, walking/exercise and feeding practices such as giving them people food. Likewise, sitters can ask pet owners questions, too, and voice concerns should they arise. Keeping the lines of communication open is important.
Pet Sitter Perks
Many of the sitters will supply clients with photos of their pets throughout the day via text messaging, if you want visual conformation of your pet’s safety and wellbeing. This can take a load off of the worry wagon you might be dragging around with you during your absence. Depending on the sitter, you may even be able to get them to take your pet to his or her favorite dog park for a little bit of canine socialization during the day. Be open with them about your expectations.
How Rover.com Works
First off, pet owners initiate a search on Rover.com and begin browsing caring, trusted dog sitters near them. Next, get to know your sitter through a meet and greet. Once this is accomplished and you feel comfortable with them, then book a stay at their house or yours. That’s right, your pets can stay with them, if it’s more convenient. Also, if your meet and greet didn’t fill you with warm, fuzzy feelings, you’re encouraged to keep looking. You don’t have to go with the first person.
In addition to finding trusted pet sitters, Rover.com offers 24/7 emergency telephone customer support, vet bills are covered up to $25,000 per claim (after a $250 deductible) and if for any reason your sitter is unable to watch your dog, they'll set you up with another sitter, guaranteed. With the success of this service steadily rising, more sites are bound to appear for other states or countrywide coverage. It’s only a matter of time.