ur sitter during his or her listed hours. Be especially considerate of sitters who operate their businesses from their homes. Make sure to check time zone differences before you call.
Give the sitter your contact information: cell phone number, land-line number(s) of where you will be, and e-mail address. Make sure that you have the sitter’s contact information.
Give the sitter your house key and the name and phone number of someone who has a spare key.
Provide the names and phone numbers of your veterinarian and an emergency contact. It is also very helpful if you call your veterinary practice before you leave. Give them your contact information and tell them what type of emergency care to provide your pet if it is needed and they are not able to reach you. Make sure the sitter knows where your pet’s carrier and/or leash is in case of an emergency.
If another sitter will be checking on your pet or home, give the sitters each other’s name and phone number and clarify their responsibilities and schedules.
List the names and phone numbers of contractors (for example, electrician, plumber, maid service, yard or pool maintenance service) in case a problem arises.
Around the House
Show the sitter where you keep your pet’s food, medicine, treats, bowls, bags for waste, toys, carrier, leash, and litterbox. Let the sitter know where to find cleaning items (for example, vacuum, mop, broom, dustpan, sponges, cleaners, trash bags).
If you need the sitter to handle household details other than your pet’s care (for example, bring in the mail/newspaper, water plants, take the trash/recycling to the curb), leave instructions.
If there are areas in your home that are off limits to the sitter and/or your pet, let the sitter know.
Show the sitter where the fuse box and circuit breakers are and where to find new fuses.
If Your Return Is Delayed
If no one else in your area has your house key, have the sitter keep it until you’ve returned. This way, you’ll know that the sitter or someone else will be able to care for your pet even if you’re delayed.
If your return is delayed, call the sitter and ask if he or she can care for your pet for the additional time. If the sitter can’t cover the extra time, he or she might have a backup sitter. When you return, let the sitter know that you’re home.
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
Web site: www.petsitters.org
15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Pet Sitters International
Web site: www.petsit.com
Web site: www.sittercity.com