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To the Rescue: How-To Interview a Pet Sitter

Choosing someone to come into your home and care for your precious pal is not an easy process! While I have friends who've sent their dogs to a pet sitter's home for a short trip, most times it's cat owners that use these professionals. Regardless of your situation, I've gathered some key questions to ask when you're interviewing a potential sitter. It's up to you to do your homework and look for referrals and references in addition to setting up guidelines and arranging the length of time for each visit and the total trip. Check out some key questions and tips when you

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  • Are there established, published lists of fees for the most common pet-care requests? You'll want to be able to figure out (and guarantee) consistent, reasonable rates for your budget beforehand.
  • Is the pet sitter bonded and insured? In addition to seeing proof of coverage, make sure there is an emergency plan pertaining to natural disasters and medical emergencies – you should make sure there is a plan in place and information about emergency facilities nearby as well as other contacts.
  • Can you schedule an in-person, home visit beforehand? While there, make sure she is comfortable and competent around your pet with a positive attitude. This is a great opportunity to watch them interact and show her where everything is located.
  • Is everything laid out in a contract? Make sure everything you've agreed on is spelled out in addition to payment terms and length of visit.

Feel free to add more advice in your comments below!

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