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Find the Best Pet Sitters at Pet Sitters International Today! Where can you find the best pet-sitting service? Whether you're going on vacation, travel often for work, or just work long hours and worry about your furry, feathered, or scaled friend while you're away, hiring a pet-sitter can provide you with peace of mind - and your best friend with some extra love.

Though pet sitting is generally defined as the act of a caregiver coming to your house to look after your pet (including walking, playing, feeding, administering medication, and many times spending the night), most pet-sitting services also provide options for doggy boarding (meaning your pup spends the night at the caregiver's home), doggy daycare (your pup spends the day with human and canine playmates, then comes home to tell you all about it), regular drop-in visits for walking, and even grooming.

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5 stars
Pet Sitters International

PET SITTERS INTERNATIONALTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Pet Sitters International is the most respected name in the pet-sitting game. (In fact, they practically invented the game!) With no hidden subscription fees, a large directory of vetted highly-trained pet-care professionals, and a shining Better Business Bureau rating, Pet Sitters International is our top pet-sitting service provider.

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4.5 stars
Rover

ROVER

If you're in need of a last-minute dog sitter, Rover is a great choice. The Rover app allows users to connect with hundreds of sitters local to them and makes communicating with sitters, arranging a Meet & Greet, and receiving live updates a piece of cake. Rover also provides 24/7 customer support, insurance, and does not charge a subscription fee for use of their service.

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4 stars
Bark

BARK

Bark is a lead-finding platform designed to connect small businesses and their potential customers. Instead of requiring you to sort through dozens of pet-sitter profiles to decide who to hire, Bark will carefully choose pet-sitters based on the requirements you specify in your job posting to reach out to you with their quotes.

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3 stars
Care

CARE

Care is an online platform created to help families find caregivers for their children, elderly parents, pets, and more. To contact and hire pet-sitters, Care charges users a nonrefundable, automatically-renewed $29 monthly fee. Many customers have reported hiring caregivers who seemed to be fit for the role, but who ultimately never showed up or otherwise failed to perform their duties.

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2.5 stars
Pet Sitter

PET SITTER

Pet Sitter is an online directory of pet sitters and not much more. With an expensive monthly fee, a selection of chronically underqualified pet-sitters, and a rather small online footprint, Pet Sitter is an unimpressive candidate in the search for a reliable pet-sitting service.

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2 stars
Sittercity

SITTERCITY

Sittercity advertises itself as a pet-sitting service with its client's best interests at heart. However a cursory search through customer reviews reveals an automatic-renewal subscription model and a hard no-refund policy. You'll want to choose a pet-sitting provider with a more positive track record.

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Many people go the route of asking a friend or family member to look after Fido while they're away, and while their heart might be in the right place, simply being a pet-lover is not enough when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of a pet. Our pets are family, and when searching for the best sitter or pet-sitting service for the job, there are many things to consider guaranteeing that our pets are in good hands.

Some factors to consider include:

  • Training and Qualifications. While many people love animals and have grown up with family pets, it's not every person who has taken the proper steps to become a qualified animal caretaker. Does the pet-sitting service you are using require that their sitters be trained to understand pet body language, health concerns, and dietary needs, or be certified in pet first-aid and CPR? Does this service have background checking capabilities?
  • Insurance. Should something go wrong, during a pet-sitting appointment, will your chosen pet-sitting service accept any liability, or does it leave it to you and the sitter to work things out?
  • Pricing. When you're in the market for a pet-sitter, keep in mind that when using a service, you may need to pay more than just the sitter's going rate. Is your pet-sitting service transparent about subscription fees and automatically renewing payments?
  • Communication. Does your pet-sitting service enable and encourage your sitter to send photos and updates during your booking? Is a Meet & Greet required before you book? Will your sitter be likely to respond to your messages in a timely and professional manner?
  • Reputation. A pet-sitting service might have a professionally designed website with all the bells and whistles, but what do customers have to say about their experiences with the business? Does Customer Service respond to and resolve issues that may arise with billing or bookings? Has the business been rated by the Better Business Bureau?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Pet Sitting Services available today. We hope this review helps you find the most qualified sitter to take care of your animal companions!

I'm a pet sitter whose business has been decimated by COVID-19 - here's what I'm doing to protect myself and stay afloat financially

My last sit was canceled after it had already begun, resulting in $1,180 lost that I was expecting to earn.

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Pet care startup Rover lays off 41% of workforce due to COVID-19 impact

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Published:  Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:49:00 GMT



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Pima Animal Care Center, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary are asking pet owners to have a plan in place for their pets in the wake of ...

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Grooming you to groom your pet: Tips to care for your dog or cat during stay-at-home order

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Published:  Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:41:00 GMT



Business Matters: Spotlight on Paula's Pet Sitting Service

Paula Elandt, 52, owns Paula' in Midland. They provide in-home pet care to their clients on vacation or working long hours. The business also provides a pet taxi service to appointments and Paula's ...

Published:  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:33:00 GMT



Kareena Kapoor's throwback pic with siblings and grandparents and Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma's cute moment with their pet went viral this week

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